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Old 04-17-2016, 08:44 PM   #1
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To lock or not to lock outside storage bins

Would you rather have your equipment stolen and the storage door busted open, or just have the equipment stolen? Is a locked door enough of a deterrent, or just make someone more determined to find out what valuables you are hiding in there?
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Old 04-17-2016, 08:47 PM   #2
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Lock it, that's what insurance is for, I'm not going to "give" away anything, even a .99 plastic funnel
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Lock it.... If I'm there I'll hear them... Or our dogs will... Not a good thing either way.....
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We travel with two dogs and leave them in the coach often while we sight see. We leave a small sign in the windshield that has a photo of the dogs with the wording, Please Save our Dogs in an Emergency. The sign has our cell phone number on it.

At first we would leave a side window unlocked hoping that (in the event of a fire in the coach, for example) a rescuer could slide the window open and get to the dogs. After careful thought we decided to just leave the entry door unlocked since that is the first thing most folks will try if they are wanting to rescue the dogs.

We figure if someone wants to steal from the coach, the barking dogs are a suitable deterent. They will bark if a stranger comes to the door and one of them is 50 pounds and pretty loud.

The locked door would surely delay a thief but it would also delay a fireman or a good Samaritan. That delay could mean the dogs may not survive a fire.
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Old 04-17-2016, 09:19 PM   #6
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We travel with two dogs and leave them in the coach often while we sight see. We leave a small sign in the windshield that has a photo of the dogs with the wording, Please Save our Dogs in an Emergency. The sign has our cell phone number on it.

At first we would leave a side window unlocked hoping that (in the event of a fire in the coach, for example) a rescuer could slide the window open and get to the dogs. After careful thought we decided to just leave the entry door unlocked since that is the first thing most folks will try if they are wanting to rescue the dogs.

We figure if someone wants to steal from the coach, the barking dogs are a suitable deterent. They will bark if a stranger comes to the door and one of them is 50 pounds and pretty loud.

The locked door would surely delay a thief but it would also delay a fireman or a good Samaritan. That delay could mean the dogs may not survive a fire.
Then I guess I should have a dog in every storage bin.
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I am never going to make it easy for someone to steal from me. Unless you're boondocking, I think anyone breaking into your basement will draw attention. I always lock the doors.
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Locks are only for an honest man. If they want it, they will get it. I hardly ever lock ours.
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Funny, the dealer who sold us the coach told us to always leave one window slightly open. He said the #1 thing he gets calls on is people getting locked out of their coaches. By leaving one window open you can boost someone up and in... (not sure what universe that works in... but no way am I heaving my DH up and over anything!)
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Its a PITA but locking them makes more sense. I'm guilty of not locking mine when I can get away with it because I never park in an area I don't feel is safe to leave the coach unattended.

But I get caught most of the time by DW and she orders me to lock up everything each time we leave it. I know she's right so I don't complain about it.

I even keep it to myself when I break a nail trying to open a compartment that I forgot is locked.

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Most insurance companies require their policy holders to take reasonable precautions to prevent loss. IMHO, this means locking the doors.

When traveling I also lock the entry door when we stop to refuel. We've had people try to enter the coach while I was refueling on the driver's side and out of sight.
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Most insurance companies require their policy holders to take reasonable precautions to prevent loss. IMHO, this means locking the doors.

When traveling I also lock the entry door when we stop to refuel. We've had people try to enter the coach while I was refueling on the driver's side and out of sight.
While at a rest area or refueling somewhere we always keep a close eye on the MH and toad. Just takes one knuckle head to try something when they think no one is around. On the other hand, I just scope out the area and RV park and kind of make a decision to lock or not. I usually don't lock, but guess I am taking a chance most of the time. Always lock my entry door!!
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Always lock them, like said don't give your stuff away make them work for it. Yes locks keep honest people honest, but most crooks go to the point of least resistance when looking for stuff to steal. In most states the difference between stealing something from an unlocked storage compartment(petty/grand theft) and a locked one(burglary), is a big difference if they get caught. There was a thread posted once before where pranksters were going around and messing with stuff in the Wet bays, like turning on the water to let your tank fill, putting/opening the line to your black tank flush, or opening the dump valves(when not hooked up to sewer). So definitely keep those locked or you could have a real mess on your hands.
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Firefighters have a universal key, a Halligen tool, it will open almost any door or window.
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