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Old 05-20-2015, 11:32 AM   #1
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We have been ripped off. They took everything.

Some of you may follow Mike Wendland thru his great podcast about Roadtrek RVing. His RV was broken into while he parked for dinner at an upscale mall. Its a very disturbing tale. Here is the beginning of his story.
Seven minutes is all it took for our RV to be burglarized, to lose $12,000 and counting worth of equipment – just about everything of value inside the motorhome except the dog.

Yes, just seven minutes.

That’s all it took for the bad guys to come into our space, take our stuff.

We know it was only seven minutes, too, from our dash cam recording most of it...
Read the rest or listen to his podcast at Roadtreking.com

Be careful out there, John
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Old 05-20-2015, 11:34 AM   #2
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I wonder if a very loud alarm would have helped?
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Old 05-20-2015, 11:42 AM   #3
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Once again bad things happen to camping trailers in places other than campgrounds.
AVOIDING POTENTIAL PROBLEMS. At least what I do.
When traveling and wanting to eat I never park in a shopping mall parking lot. We look for a stand alone place with parking that I can see the rig from windows or a least it's visible from a window. The door is always closed and locked while traveling. It won't keep a determined crook out, but it slows them down a bit. I don't keep expensive stuff inside my trailer. I doubt I have $12,000 worth of stuff with me and certainly not in the trailer. Expensive stuff like cameras, computers, GPS units, etc. etc. are kept in the truck and out of sight.
Curtains are closed on the trailer so you can't tell if there's somebody inside or not.
Large shopping mall parking lots parking is just asking for trouble.
OK that's my 2.5 cents workth.
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Old 05-20-2015, 11:53 AM   #4
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I doubt I have $12,000 worth of stuff with me and certainly not in the trailer.

Ain't that the truth. My whole rig, Scamp/Tug/Contents are not "worth" 12K. Well, maybe if the dog was inside.
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Old 05-20-2015, 03:42 PM   #5
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Byron,

Good idea to lunch where you can see your rig. I try to do that as often as I can. I am also considering building in a secret hiding place for valuables or maybe just put them in the bottom of the dirty clothes bag. I have some left over obsolete devices to leave around to fool the thief and make them think thats all there is.

Insurance is a good idea. Its just stuff after all.

Plus, if I was a thief and saw a Scamp and a Mercedes Sprinter Roadtrek in the same parking lot I know which one I would hit. Maybe we shouldn't use all that polyglow.

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Old 05-20-2015, 04:24 PM   #6
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Though it does not compensate for the PITA of the ordeal, I make sure I have good insurance to cover the loss.
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Old 05-20-2015, 05:27 PM   #7
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Yep, the to catch a thief TV show demonstrates about 7 minutes for your house too.
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Old 05-20-2015, 05:28 PM   #8
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Good idea to lunch where you can see your rig. I try to do that as often as I can. I am also considering building in a secret hiding place for valuables or maybe just put them in the bottom of the dirty clothes bag. I have some left over obsolete devices to leave around to fool the thief and make them think thats all there is.

Insurance is a good idea. Its just stuff after all.

Plus, if I was a thief and saw a Scamp and a Mercedes Sprinter Roadtrek in the same parking lot I know which one I would hit. Maybe we shouldn't use all that polyglow.

John

I don't believe you have to seen necessarily but if it can be seen by some of the patrons the bad guys won't know if the owner is watching or not. Most thefts are crimes of opportunity, therefore the rule is reduce the temptation. Keep valuables out of sight and avoid upscale anything.
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Old 05-20-2015, 06:06 PM   #9
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I was glad they didn't hurt the dog. Personally, I would avoid the larger cities and I don't "do" malls because none of them feel that safe anymore. Just because the neighborhood and the stores seem upscale, that doesn't mean that people from the other side of the tracks aren't milling about. Anymore with the drug use issues, you have people on both sides of the track trying to support their habits.
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Old 05-20-2015, 07:35 PM   #10
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Boy, what an awful thing to have happened. I do worry about our trailer/truck getting vandalized or broken into when we stop at restaurants, parking lots, trail heads, etc. Don't worry much at all in campgrounds, but perhaps I should. I too have thought about creating some sort of hiding place for the laptop and my camera gear. I know thieves can find your secret hiding place, but anything to slow them down would help I think. Mostly we just do the prudent stuff - lock up and keep things out of sight. Fortunately more people don't get robbed than do get robbed.
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Old 05-21-2015, 09:12 AM   #11
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Bottom line S&@! Happens, the dog is fine...that is all that matters
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Old 05-21-2015, 09:51 AM   #12
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So, I have been thinking of creating some kinda hidden storage to slow down thieves. How about some kinda wall/floor safe. On the wall it could be covered with a picture secured with strong magnets. On the floor under a carpet.

Here is an Amazon offering (pictured)

Is this silly?

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I wonder, how many people here have had their trailer broken into? We had a pop-up taken with hitchlock in place - pulled it to a flatbed from our front yard putting together what we could on how it was done.

Roadtrek is an extremely high dollar vehicle and there was pretty much a guarantee that anything in there was going to be worth the trouble of breaking in for. Having met lots of RVers over the years, the only other break in that I heard of was of a very high end Class A in an RV park with a high fence. The burglars removed the vent on the roof and obviously dropped inside sadly, they were probably using a child. They got a lot (cash and jewelry) since the people, believing that since they were in a high end park they didn't have to worry.

I would probably just carry a larger tote (also could be taken) and put my laptop, etc. in there and take it with me.
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So, I have been thinking of creating some kinda hidden storage to slow down thieves. How about some kinda wall/floor safe. On the wall it could be covered with a picture secured with strong magnets. On the floor under a carpet.

Here is an Amazon offering (pictured)

Is this silly?

John

Hardly worth the cost and effort.
How would you attach such a thing to a wall of a fiberglass trailer. It would look kind of funny sticking out.
A safe light enough and small enough for a trailer wouldn't hold enough to be worth the effort.
I still think the best thing to do is:
> Not carry a lot of valuables. That also means no valuables inside the trailer while parked at home.
> Stay out of upscale anything parking lots. That includes upscale RV Resorts.
> Stop and eat at small restaurants where you have the possibility of watching your trailer while eating.
> Stop at truck stops where your trailer is between big trucks and eat at the truck stop restaurant.
> When camped get to know your neighbors so that you are more likely to watch out for each other.
> Stay out of State Parks, RV Parks, and RV Resorts.
What are attempting to do is reduce the chance of being robbed, you can't eliminate the chance entirely but can help your odds.
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