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Old 10-27-2010, 09:05 PM   #1
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Theft: what can we do to avoid it?

In light of a threads recently begun here talking about the theft of trailers, I thought I would ask what we can do to avoid it.

In the camp where my AS Henri lives (and has for over 11 years), my nearest neighbour says he never locks his door, ever. His reasoning is that he knows that if anyone is even half-way serious about getting into his TT, they will. If they do, they will wreck his door or a window or two.

Also, if the following data published by Consumer Reports is accurate, the number 2 most often stolen vehicle is one of the most favourite TVs, from what I read on here. Here it is:

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Grander theft auto: IIHS report shows car snatchers favor upscale rides

Car thieves are either going upscale, have a need to move some stuff, or both. That's one way to interpret the results from the latest Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) report on insurance claims. The new list of vehicles with the largest and smallest claims shows big losses for premium, performance, and cargo-hauling models. (Read: "How to prevent car theft.")

The Cadillac Escalade gets the top spot despite engine immobilizers being standard equipment. Owners of 2007-2009 Escalades are the most likely to lose their rides, with an average loss of $11,934 per claim. One of out every four claims is for $40,000 or more. The biggest, baddest Escalade EXT with four-wheel drive being the most likely model to be ripped off.

Next up is the Ford F-250 Crew Cab pickup, apparently a favorite of thieves with more utilitarian needs.

High-performance cars are next on the IIHS hit parade, with the Infiniti G and Dodge Charger V8 favorites with thieves not in the midst of a home remodeling. According to the IIHS, all of the above are 3.5 times more likely to be stolen than more ordinary vehicles, including older Escalades, and Ford F-250 pickups without a back seat.
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So, what do you do to discourage theft of your TT or TV, or even both?

Fancy alarm? Loud, vicious dog? Chains?

Let us know...?
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:34 PM   #2
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I think about theft a good deal and evaluate the risk of theft any time I park.

I have a security chain I use to immobilize the trailer when I am parked in areas of concern. Not proof against theft but enough to deter most theives. I believe the Propride hitch helps a little because most people don't know what it is and it's one more thing they have to figure out. But, in general, I try not to leave the trailer unattended anywhere there's opportunity for it to be stolen. And I have insurance.

I believe there are two key elements to any trailer theft. Both must be present for a theft to occur:

1) Someone with larceny in their hearts must find out where the trailer is.
2) They must have sufficient access for a relatively lengthy period of time without fear of encountering witnesses.

As such an area that is visible from a frequently traveled road or highway, but far enough away that the exact nature of a thief's activities would be difficult to discern, would be the worst case.

I don't worry much about campgrounds with people in them.

I don't worry much about really remote areas where nobody goes, especially if there's only one way in and out.

I've tried to ask questions of the people in Tx whose rigs have been stolen and they don't answer. Perhaps in retrospect they realize they were complacent.

I have had items stolen from cars and in retrospect the warning signs were there. In two cases it was unavoidable and the third, well, if only I'd been paying attention, things would have been different.

So when I park now, traylah or motorcycle or cage or TV, I look around. Who can see me? How much can they see? Where are the cameras? Are there potential witnesses? Are there potential thieves?
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:45 PM   #3
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I say they - or someone ought to set up a trailer as a trap and watch to see what happens.
We are about thirty miles from the Texas border and all this trending jazz has got me wondering who's going to be next?
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Old 10-27-2010, 11:01 PM   #4
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All good points Jammer, and the forum needs to establish a place where all this good info can be housed so that all these threads are together. In the case of my trailer - it was too visible from a busy road in the middle of town.
-thieves had access to the fenced area and could look through the fence and study the locks to the gates, the locks on the trailer and the hitch cover lock. Pink is a nice bright color and attracts attention. The guys who stole my trailer could have cut through that lock in a minute. They came prepared. I say "guys" because I don't think it was just some Bubba who wanted a trailer for his deer lease and saw an opportunity.

Also unless you live in a small tight community, the police have more important things to do than to help find a stolen Airstream.
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Old 10-27-2010, 11:23 PM   #5
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Hi, just the normal locking of things and of course the coupler lock on my trailer, since I myself, move my trailer with a 2" ball while the coupler latch lock is in place. I cannot confirm this, but I was told many years ago that a lot of the tow truck drivers are ex-cons. And in this economy, your neighbor might just think your stuff is getting repossessed. Don't need to be paranoid, or careless either.
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Old 10-28-2010, 12:03 AM   #6
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Has anyone tried using a wheel boot I wonder if these that I see would work on airstreams?
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Old 10-28-2010, 12:22 AM   #7
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Is anyone in the forums currently using a GPS tracking device on their AS?
What brand did they buy, was it easy to have installed and are they happy with it?

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Old 10-28-2010, 12:23 AM   #8
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There was a picture of the boot on a thread a few weeks back on Stolem Airstreams


Smart Tracker - Advanced GPS Vehicle Recovery System by RMTracking

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Haven't bought one but the add looks good, plus you pay for tracking only when you need it, no monthly fee.
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Old 10-28-2010, 12:45 AM   #9
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Haiku for the wicked...

A curse upon thieves
who steal our silver trailers
Ghastly woe descends.
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Old 10-28-2010, 01:48 AM   #10
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Some help my be on the way.

Automated License Plate Recognition seems to be the real deal. Perhaps one should remove their license plate if you are going to be in one place for a while. At least the bad guys would have to come up with a plate, hopefully stolen. The other thing is to check that none of your plates are missing, plate theft is on the rise because of the new technology. And of course report a missing plate a quick as possible.
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Old 10-28-2010, 06:32 AM   #11
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They may be watching the forum (among others)..everybody is busy writing about where they are, when they are going,what they are doing,where their AS is...a great place to stalk.
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Old 10-28-2010, 06:39 AM   #12
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Rallys dates and places are always posted on this forum. Maybe somebody is cruising these rallys and checking out the trailers. They maybe following them home and planning a crime to steal a particular trailer.

I am going to try remember not to post to much information anymore about where I am going and where my trailer will be. I do have my town posted but not my address. I don't think I will post where I am going anymore either.

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Just a quick note on the (only turn on when you need it unit). I talked to some of the salesmen about them. Seems that sometime they do not activate when you need them to. Would be better to have an Asset Protection Unit. It stays on and runs off your battery or its own battery with optional battery pack. reports 4 time a day - which you can look at and you can set up virtual fences - if it travels pass the fence - you get notified.
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Pink is a nice bright color and attracts attention. The guys who stole my trailer could have cut through that lock in a minute. They came prepared. I say "guys" because I don't think it was just some Bubba who wanted a trailer for his deer lease and saw an opportunity.
It's actually red but the scan changed the color. It has to be prominent or I'll forget it's there one of these days. The place that makes the security chain also has black covers for them, but it didn't seem wise.

Any lock will fall quickly to people who understand metalworking and have an angle grinder or cutting torch in their bag of tricks and are willing to draw that much attention to themselves.
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