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Old 10-28-2010, 10:57 PM   #29
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I hear that BestBuy is going to offering "OnStar in a box" soon. Not sure what all services that will offer, but if it's like the TV version it will offer stolen vehicle locating, plus the benefit of medical/police call "panic" button, etc?
Of course, if you take power out during storage, none of these electronic systems will work. Stay tuned.
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Old 10-28-2010, 11:50 PM   #30
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Ford F250's are being stolen in southern border states because they make good vehicles for bringing in illicit cargo across the Mexican border, and are strong enough to go off road at high speed and smash through fences, especially if equipped with 4 wheel drive and grill guards. Older models did not have sophisticated antitheft systems built in making them easier to steal.
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DZN.

I think you missed my point. Think about it.


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Sergei, yop, you lost me...not finding the true??? meaning of your post?
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Old 10-29-2010, 09:22 AM   #33
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How come the places that justify so-called "deadly force" are the same places where the stealin' is goin' on, like in Texas ???

Whether it's cattle, construction equipment, a work truck loaded with tools, etc, the theft of said items can put a man out of business or make it quite difficult to again get affordable insurance. This has always been true. From drought to tornado to a blue norther, Nature traditionally made things tough here, but crime could also make a livelihood impossible when the bank note came due.

The last of the great "Enclosure Law" movements of people off the land was in the seven year drought of the 1950's. Texas went from being 50-years behind the rest of the country to being nearer to it for the period 1950-1980. The great cities here distort what life is like for the rural areas, which, due to gerrymandered political districts, still dominate the state legislature and the national delegation. And huge swaths of this state are far, far removed from law enforcement. Always have been.

Without oil Texas is little different than Mississippi . . but MS doesn't share one-half the US border with a foreign country. Property is a leg up in a place where many have none. There are virtually no job guarantees in this state (unions almost non-existent; one can legally be fired for no reason given ; giant petroleum and insurance companies have long dominated politics) so crime is a way of lashing back in electoral politics.

Credit Suisse calculates the 2010 median wealth in Canada--the wealth of the typical Canadian family--at $94,700. That's about double the $47,771 U.S. median net worth.


The US is a mid-rank second tier country now (with only a few exceptions such as number of imprisoned citizens or executions of same), and Canada is not. Texas is well-below the national average, especially when the distortion of three cities is removed (only NYC has more billionaires than Dallas-Fort Worth).

We live in a very different world than do you, down here.

Property crimes can have life-changing consequences.

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Nobody's caught 'em in the act....yet!
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..................We live in a very different world than do you, down here.

Property crimes can have life-changing consequences.

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Amen to that also...

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Nice rant REDNAX. Not sure what it has to do GPS and trailer theft, but I'll raise the Texas flag for you and pop a Lone Star.
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I've wondered what I would do if I ran into my trailer somewhere. Probably call 911 and wait for the police.

The Zoombak looks good if you want to pay the high service fees for the servicing. If your tracking daily people or vehicle movement then it seems great. The Smart Tracker for $175 seems better and cheaper at 175 and $25 a year activation keeps it from being a big budget item. Or just $4.95 for a 24 hr. activation. I'm thinking the fridge compartment would be a good location for it, as it would look like just part of the fridge electronics, and there is 12 V power in there. Also the Smart Tracker just looks like a plastic box. No labeling on it that says "I'm a GPS device.
Call 911 AFTER slicing the valve stems off! Put that puppy on four flat tires, then call the police. Carry the VIN number and a copy of your title with you at all times - that and a utility knife for the valve stems.

We had an OLD crappy van stolen three years ago. I swore I saw it in the southern part of town - by the time I called the office and got the VIN number they'd been in a bar for over an hour. I checked it - BINGO. Called 911. Police showed up 2 hours later - after the very rough looking man and 3 cronies drove off with it. I took pictures with my cell phone camera from a safe distance but they weren't good enough to ID the guys, only the new plate came out good. It of course was also stolen.
Sigh.

Well, they don't know anyone's looking for them so I assume they'll show up in the same location again. I drop in and visit it periodically, box cutter and copy of the title in hand.

The van? An old Crysler mini-van which was probably worth $500 or less - now an even worse wreck, covered in spilled paint and drywall compound, but it IS the principle of the thing. We kinda think we saw the people who took it and they probably need it more than we do, but still had they asked, we would have sold it to them cheap. Now, they can get free meals from the state if we catch them.

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How come the places that justify so-called "deadly force" are the same places where the stealin' is goin' on, like in Texas ???
Texas is a very large place, and a cluster doesn't in itself constitute a trend.

The trailers that were stolen in Texas were spread fairly far apart... 2 within 50 miles of each other (Austin and San Marcos) one in Houston (160 miles east of Austin) and one near Hueco Tanks, 600 miles west of Austin and within spitting distance of an international border and another state, and 4 hours' drive from a 3rd state... lots of empty places for thieves to come from and escape to out there.

So, it's not like 4 trailers were stolen from a single metro area or in some meth-making county, it just happens that they all have the "TX" on their license plates. One of the thefts was a con job (and that dirtbag sold it for scrap within a day or so of passing a bad check for the trailer to someone who thought he was a friend) and one seems like it might also have gone to a scrap-hound. The ones from San Marcos and Houston were thefts-from-storage, I think.
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What is the population of Texas? 35 million ? Legal and illegal, counted and not counted, What is the population of all of Canada? The point is,
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Nice rant REDNAX. Not sure what it has to do GPS and trailer theft, but I'll raise the Texas flag for you and pop a Lone Star.
Your house (wiring and AC compressor), your vehicles (any type, any where), any metal any where is under threat of theft. Organized criminal activity (familial ties across the border) is essentially subsidized by Texans (and other border states) thru high insurance rates with low pay outs.

Some folks live in trailers. How'd any one here like to have seen their "home" disappear?

Whether it goes to the scrap yard or across three states to reside in a colonia, the nearby presence of the border makes for options for thieves of any stripe. Always has.

Trailers are simply easy money. Last I heard the going rate was about $750 for the aluminum scrap value. Few jobs clear $100/day in this state in rural areas. 100-million American families make $500/week or less (gross). A/C units and the rest have real value in other areas/countries with low incomes in original condition. Smelters across the border take scrap of all types (but especially high-grade) so demand is always there.

When copper prices were higher we'd read or hear about parking lots full of cars -- daytime -- where dozens of engine starters were stolen.

I, too, like the idea of GPS-units . . but the "truth" of Lo-Jack is that those units set off sensors at legal border crossings . . and nothing is done in response, the cars simply drive on.

I've a hard time believing in an era of budget cuts that law enforcement is going to much care about recreational vehicles . . toys.

"Property" is opportunity, doesn't matter whose it is. Could be addicts, ordinary felons, others; it's irrelevant whom. It simply falls under the radar of law enforcement . . sort of like stealing pets to sell to labs, rendering plants, others: A good business on the margins. A wink and a nod.


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@REDNAX: GPS != LoJack. I don't know if LoJack has newer products that incorporate GPS, but the LoJack stock-in-trade is that LoJack has a transceiver that (when activated) sends a radio signal that can be picked up by law enforcement *IF* they have a receiver in range. The GPS asset-tracking systems are actively reporting their location via cellular data networks, so you (or someone you inform) know the location of the GPS unit (and hopefully your trailer or vehicle.) The better GPS systems can also tell you when they leave the area you define as their parking location, so even if you store your trailer away from your house, if the system is working you'll know within minutes if a thief is moving your trailer. LoJack is just sitting there waiting until you report the trailer stolen, and then starts transmitting after the LoJack receives a coded signal from law enforcement transmitters.
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