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Old 02-03-2010, 05:12 PM   #29
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Wow, that is really frightening & I'm glad you folks are ok & nothing missing. I spent several hours reading an earlier 29 page thread about carrying firearms. I'm now seriously considering being one of them since we do not have a dog.

We've always felt relatively safe at a campground (probably false security) although we always make sure all doors, windows & bay doors are closed & locked when we go to bed or, even, are away from our campsite. We leave our porch light on all night & always put our camp chairs away in the bays. Not that our chairs being unavailable would stop a thief from taking a camp chair left out on a neighboring site or even to haul the picnic table over to the window to try to break in. And we keep our toad keys within easy reach so we can push the panic alarm button should suspicious activity be happening outside our rig at night. Thieves are opportunistic & looking for a quick/easy target to hit. We try to make our site as unappealing to them as possible.

Thank you for posting about your experience. We all have learned from it & will be more aware of our surroundings & securing of our campsites.

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My pups would have had some late night snacks

pretty brazen to go through all of your stuff.
good thing you were not harmed.
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:51 PM   #31
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A good can of Wasp and Hornet spray will stop any animal, human or not. It shoots about 20 feet and WORKS ! Another alternative is to shoot the thief (GUN) and then douse his dead butt with either pepper spray or your trusty wasp spray before you call the cops. ie: You see officer we spayed him and he kept coming so I unfortunatly had to resort to deadly force. A bowed head and a mutterd prayer is always helpfull at this point. If you could muster up a tear, your home free!!
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I too am glad to hear your all right! Wow! I agree, that joblessness is going to increase some of these types of incidences. People who have it in them to do this will get a little more brazen. I had to look for 3 hours to find my house key last time we went on vacation. I'm not used to locking my doors. In California where I was born raised and lived a large extent of my life, it would have been on me at all times cause the door would have been locked at all times. My three "Little Yappers" alert me though when wind blows any door in the house shut.
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May I recommend a sticker be placed on that window.. It is sold by Smith & Wesson dealers.. Says "Forget the dog, Beware the owner"

NOTE: I'm not suggesting you buy anything from a gun dealer other than the sticker and perhaps a can of Dri-Slide lubricant.. (which has nothing to do with this thread)
I like the way you think. Can't have a Dri-Slide.
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A good can of Wasp and Hornet spray will stop any animal, human or not. It shoots about 20 feet and WORKS ! Another alternative is to shoot the thief (GUN) and then douse his dead butt with either pepper spray or your trusty wasp spray before you call the cops. ie: You see officer we spayed him and he kept coming so I unfortunatly had to resort to deadly force. A bowed head and a mutterd prayer is always helpfull at this point. If you could muster up a tear, your home free!!
BANG ! BANG ! STOP OR I'LL SHOOT..........
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BANG ! BANG ! STOP OR I'LL SHOOT..........
Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!

Click.

Snap.

Click.

Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!

Just to make sure the intruder is truly on the way to taking a permanent dirt nap.

No, I have no sympathy for anyone who uses the excuse of unemployment, upbringing or lack of opportunity to take what belongs to me, what I worked hard to obtain. Of course to get to this point, he or she would have gotten past the dogs. Not likely.
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Some are seeing desperate times, others are on drugs and do these things. I am sorry for your scare and inconveniences but glad no one was hurt.
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The problem is if you sleep that soundly the thief could probably find your gun before you wake up.
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A good can of Wasp and Hornet spray will stop any animal, human or not. It shoots about 20 feet and WORKS ! Another alternative is to shoot the thief (GUN) and then douse his dead butt with either pepper spray or your trusty wasp spray before you call the cops. ie: You see officer we spayed him and he kept coming so I unfortunatly had to resort to deadly force. A bowed head and a mutterd prayer is always helpfull at this point. If you could muster up a tear, your home free!!
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I am really creeped out thinking someone could be walking around my bed as I sleep. Eeeehhwua!!!

We changed out the window next to the entry so we could have an open window next to the door, but always lock that window at night and never leave it open when we are out as we realized early on that gave access to entry. We also had the driver power window rewired by Newmar last summer so that it works when the key is off, but Newmar added a switch on the dash that turns it off so it can't be adjusted when you don't wish it to be.

Glad you both are safe and sound.
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Well now that we are sure everyone is OK here. A little levity might be in order, seems most of you have dogs or in some case cats... so funny that when I was shopping for a motorhome a few weeks ago, not a single listing did NOT have the phrase "pet free".... hmmmm I doubt that... LOL
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Re: Theft While Asleep

Thanks ALL for the concern expressed. This experience sure was a wake up (no pun) call since as mentioned, we too have usually felt relatively safe in campgrounds with other rigs all around.....but, we're gonna be more thorough in locking up from now on. I used to believe I'd surely wake up if someone tried to get into the rig....but, found out otherwise! Sure am now interested in getting some manner of entry alarm device. Thanks for suggestions.

In answer to one question, this Frog City RV Park in not in a big city, but in a little town, just 5 miles W. of Lafayette. Area appeared very nice, and, as pointed out by others who've stayed there, had a Super 8 motel, a small casino, a truck stop around the park but all very neat, clean, safe appearing . And...after talking with the police, and later with the campground mgr., (both VERY concerned and pleasant), it sounded like this kind of rig entry had not happened previously in this campground. Now, I know I'd be skeptical if only the manager had made this comment, but I sure believed the responding officer.

Yeah, this thing about feeling "violated" kinda hangs in the air, but, at the same time, we consider ourselves a little lucky having evidentally nothing taken, and better yet, NOTHING destroyed or damaged as is the case sometimes.

OH, by the way, this is the first time we've thought that having a dog would have been a good thing. Unfortuantely our dang cats (all 3) probably just rubbed up against the intruders leg until he/she left. One positive thing about having cats though is that IF the perp had been caught, they'd have been easily identified cause they'd have been FULL of CAT HAIR !!!

Well, thanks again for the concern expressed, although this wasn't as bad as Nick Russel's recent experience up in Indiana, it still was no fun. Hope I answered all questions.

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If you don't have a dog and are a sound sleeper,there is a device called a SCRAMINAL, type it in and do a search, it's $39. and detects motion and will wake up the dead if anyone or anything is detected. Plenty of time to establish a wall of fire, call the windshied repair guy as well as the coroner. SLEEP TIGHT !!!
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