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Old 07-21-2009, 07:53 AM   #1
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They Broke In

After traveling all over this great country of ours we got back to the stick house for some DR and Medical tests.
On the 2nd night we and 2 other RVs were broken into, good news very little damage, just small locking clip on bedroom closet, and our Newmar information case, Travel Supreme also had their case stolen. They did dump all the information sheets, from both of us, on the floor.
NOW the reason for this thread:
How many of you have sliding windows, this is how they got in. They slid a small slim piece of metal between the windows and raised the what we believed was a safe locking L-backet.
Our fix was to install adjustable tension rods. This works out great if you measure the distance from the window to the frame and then buy rods that you can adjust to fit tight. EX: window #1 from L to inside of frame was 24 1/2 inches got a tension rod 24 to 36 inches. Set rod for 25 inches and it's one tight fit. Some of the other windows are even tighter fits.
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Hard to believe thieves would break in only for information cases ? What the heck value is there in those ? Just proves the point - if a thief wants to get in, he will. Methinks the tension rods could probably be overcome too but it sounds like a good idea.
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Go to Home Depot and buy some 1/4-3/8" wooden dowel rod. Cut to size. They work just fine.
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Dowel do not work as the corners of windows are rounded and dowel will ride up.
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Dowel do not work as the corners of windows are rounded and dowel will ride up.
Put a blob of RTV or a small screw to block the dowel. Will be effective w/o destroying the value. Just a thought.
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Sorry you were stolen from! Hate it! What an odd thing to steal. must be a local dealer trying to sell another rig that was missing docs :(
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Old 07-26-2009, 08:05 AM   #7
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Left all the paper work just took empty case.
Hamguy didn't think about the screw. That's what this site is all about, others comments
Thanks Joe
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Had a stix-n-brix break in 20 years ago....

Thieves only took the liquor, & some ham sandwiches we had prepared for a roadtrip...

There is no telling what these idiots will do!
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So if I were a thief and there was a rod keeping the window from opening, I'd just bring a bigger hammer the next night.

Maybe an alarm system or lights that come on by motion would be a better deterrent. There are just to many variables. Sitting inside with a shotgun is a big deterrent.
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When my RV is parked at home on or in front of the property,
I place a battery operated motion detector in the RV that is
monitored by the house alarm system, ADT.
If I am in the house and the alarm goes off, I grab the shotgun.
If I am not home, the police will respond instead.
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There is little that can be done to stop a determined thief, all we can hope for is that we have placed enough deterrents in place to slow them down. Time is the main enemy of thieves, well_smart ones anyway.
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There are 3 kinds of thieves. Smart ones, average ones, and dumb ones.

Now the smart ones are the ones that have all the money and hire others to do their dirty work for them, and they usually never get caught.

The average ones have some money, but have to do some of the thieving themselves. They get caught occasionally.

And the dumb ones - well, those are the ones that are in jail. They get caught most all the time.
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Thieves don't like light; a motion detector works great.
Locks; bars; etc only slow them down; If they want in; they will get in. thieves work in darkness.
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Some rigs including a friend's were broken into in a "secure?" RV storage lot. The entry method was to break the door window and screen out and reach in and unlock the simple factory lever locks. I replaced my deadbolt with a double cylinder lock. Maybe a bit more secure or at least a bigger speed bump, I hope. I will consider the sliding windows next. Glad I read this thread.
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