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Old 01-04-2008, 04:28 PM   #29
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Insurance adjustor came out today. I am again impressed with Progressive Insurance Company. Everything I wanted done will be covered and they are going to detail the truck inside and out. Their recommended repair shop was the local dealer; also my preferred shop. Truck should be ready next week.

Police and insurance rep claim the pattern they are seeing is that these theives simply use stolen vehicles to either joy ride, party, or commit other crimes. They usually use the vehicle until it runs out of gas and then abandon it. Insurance rep handles 3 to 4 claims a day in Pinellas County, and there are three reps that only handle stolen vehicles.

Interestingly enough, the St Petersburg Police will give away a free Club to prevent theft to Dodge/Chrysler owners. I guess these models are easy prey.

Thanks to the many responses and views to this thread. Its nice to know that all of you care enough to take the time to respond...even though I have never met any of you in person yet.

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Old 01-04-2008, 05:18 PM   #30
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Interestingly enough, the St Petersburg Police will give away a free Club to prevent theft to Dodge/Chrysler owners. I guess these models are easy prey.

Thanks to the many responses and views to this thread. Its nice to know that all of you care enough to take the time to respond...even though I have never met any of you in person yet.

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Steve, if you haven't already, take the police up on their offer of a Club. Also, at 2 minutes the thieves were taking their time, they can be gotten in 90 seconds with no sweat.
Now that you've found out about it, I was beaten and robbed less than a mile from that Wal-Mart. It was the only fight I've ever lost, they whacked me from behind with a bat.
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Old 01-04-2008, 05:58 PM   #31
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For the record - this particular Wal*Mart is located in one of the higher crime areas in St. Petersburg, Florida (Pinellas County) unless the statistics have changed dramatically in the past three years! I wish that there was some way we could get a capsule presentation of the places we plan to visit as to crime rates. It might not help much but I, for one, would be a lot more cautious if I knew I was in a questionable area. This is one Wal*Mart that I would never stay at overnight! I don't even know if they allow overnight parking - but with the possibility of not being able to get into Ft. DeSota, some might consider it as an alternative - and that would be a bad idea!
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Old 01-04-2008, 06:36 PM   #32
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...I wish that there was some way we could get a capsule presentation of the places we plan to visit as to crime rates. It might not help much but I, for one, would be a lot more cautious if I knew I was in a questionable area. ...
I haven't had a chance to really check this site out, but it may be of some value. We had something similar to this in Delaware, but was much more detailed and only available to law enforcement personnel.


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Old 01-04-2008, 07:04 PM   #33
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I haven't had a chance to really check this site out, but it may be of some value. We had something similar to this in Delaware, but was much more detailed and only available to law enforcement personnel.


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Seems like this site only has data up to 2006.
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Old 01-04-2008, 07:19 PM   #34
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This is one Wal*Mart that I would never stay at overnight! I don't even know if they allow overnight parking - but with the possibility of not being able to get into Ft. DeSota, some might consider it as an alternative - and that would be a bad idea!
This Wal Mart is IMO no more dangerous than any Wal Mart that I have stayed at from Jackson Center, Ohio (Interstate 75) to Tampa Bay, FL.

I have lived here for more than 15 years and have seen many things in this city (including racial riots years ago).

I in no means wanted to portray this as a bad place to visit; as I feel that Ft Desoto and the surrounding areas are some of the best that FL has to offer.

There were 3 or 4 SOBs parked in the lot when the theft happened. At least 2 of them had their doors open at the time.

I was working at the time and simply stopped by to pick up a cover for my cell phone.

The bottom line is that this or any crime can happen anywhere. There are desperate people everywhere; and desperate people do desperate things.

Again, thank y'all for the interest in my misfortune. I'm thankful; it could have turned out much worse.

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Steve:

We'll have to agree to disagree - with several comments. I, by no means, meant to imply that Ft. DeSota itself is in a high crime area. I personally think that it is one of the greatest campgrounds in the U.S., St. Pete beach is a fun place, and the Skyway fishing piers are great. I wish that I could be there tommorrow. My comments are specifically addressed to the location of the subject Wal*Mart itself - and they are strictly based on my own observations and opinions. I would not hesitate to shop there and I'm surprised you had a problem but, again, I would be very cautious about overnighting in the parking lot - even if they allow it.
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Old 01-06-2008, 02:13 PM   #36
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i didn't fare as well as steve. my beautiful TV, a sierra denali with quadra steer, was stolen early thanksgiving morning. it had a lot of stuff in it too like my laptop. it was never recovered. allstate treated me well and didn't try to lowball me. so now i have a nice new truck (but alas, no quadra steer) with 5 years of payments. joy!
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Sorry to hear about your truck. It's always a real bummer when this stuff happens.

I heard on our news this morning that the Govt Insurance Corp of BC has issued a warning about the high rate of truck thefts. Most notably the newer Ford F series and Dodge trucks appear to be the ones most commonly stolen. They are urging owners to acquire and more importantly, to then use, the steering wheel Club and to make sure it's visible.

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thanks barry. yea obviously it ruined my thanksgiving holiday. san jose has had a huge increase in its crime rate mostly due to auto thefts, something like 25% increase in auto theft. they are hiring like 20 more police officers just to work auto theft. one of those things you think "will never happen to me."
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