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Old 02-17-2014, 05:22 PM   #1
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Break-ins after leaving?

Just wondering how people leave their home for a trip and not feel you left a sign up saying "NO ONE HOME" or isn't that what you are saying in effect if you park your RV in your driveway, or beside it and load it for your trip and then when you leave, anyone driving by sees it gone so can safely assume the home is empty? We are concerned as we buy our first RV. Even though we plan to store it at an RV storage facility, we are concerned about parking it at our home in order to load it prior to leaving. Any comments? Anyone had a break-in shortly after they left? Bob
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Old 02-17-2014, 05:32 PM   #2
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The neighbors watch our house when we're gone. Been 4 years now being gone 5 to 7 months of the year with NO problems. We're not in a high crime area anyway but everyone still looks out for one another.
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Old 02-17-2014, 05:36 PM   #3
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Just a part of life. In the non-camping season the tt is parked other places. But during the summer it is in front of the garage. Gone a total of 6 weeks during the summer months. I aways tell two of the neighbors we will be gone..and for how long. They have our cell numbers. I do light timers...My parents will check on the house once a week. You can't just live with the fear you can't leave. That is what you pay homeowners insurance for. Our neighborhood is about average...a few break-ins here and there...petty stuff...mostly teens...
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Old 02-17-2014, 05:39 PM   #4
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Monitored alarm system, under 40 per month...priceless. Has a panic button too so if one of us has "fallen and can't get up" we're covered.
We're in a neighborhood watch community also.
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We let the neighbors know, stop the mail and paper, put some interior lights on a timer and go. Never had a problem.
If there are kids in your area you might want to turn the exterior water off.
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Have been Snow Birds since 2005. Live in a Low Crime area and neighbors watch our house. In 2010 our luck ran out and our house was broken into. Found out Christmas Eve, were in Mexico and had to drive home to deal with it. Collected insurance, (some items worth more to us than insurance coverage). Still live in low crime area, neighbors still watch our house, 'now have a alarm'. We refuse to let the trash of our society change our life style. still Snow Birds and loving it!
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Have plenty of that here...people just looking for the opportunities knowing petty crime pays because our jails are too full to house them.
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Home security system, the neighbors know and they collect our mail. Brother can check S&B and lives just a short distance away.
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Keep good insurance current. Install a monitored alarm. Stop/redirect mail, newspapers, etc. Ask a neighbor to keep an eye open and check in periodically. if any high value jewelry or other items take them with you or place in a safely deposit box. Go on your trip and enjoy yourselves and don't worry as you have done your due diligence and if anything happens it is what it is.
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When we are gone we have our kids make sure to plow the snow in our drive & shovel the walks.

We call this our "Redneck alarm system".
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We also have neighbors that will walk our property when we're absent. We publish the area crime report and successfully increased sheriff patrol frequency.

Extensive ADT system with outside alarm, timed lites and motion detectors, game cameras in the trees.

Our neighborhood has the dreaded METH-HEADS who attack weekend Atlanta vacation properties . I openly carry on my property when outside mowing, maintenance, etc.

I haven't been hit yet but...
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I think the OP brings up a good point. I have been concerned about it myself. Personally, I don't trust my neighbors well enough, and it's easy for someone to notice when the RV is getting loaded for a trip.
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Just wondering how people leave their home for a trip and not feel you left a sign up saying "NO ONE HOME" or isn't that what you are saying in effect if you park your RV in your driveway, or beside it and load it for your trip and then when you leave, anyone driving by sees it gone so can safely assume the home is empty? We are concerned as we buy our first RV. Even though we plan to store it at an RV storage facility, we are concerned about parking it at our home in order to load it prior to leaving. Any comments? Anyone had a break-in shortly after they left? Bob
Happened just once, in thirty years, on a weekend camping trip. We stored the camper in the back yard and it was pretty obvious that we were gone because the camper was gone.

Not much missing. Police thought it was teenagers.
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As far as neighbors watching. I doubt very much if they can stay up all night just to keep an eye on your house and thats when most of these types of break-ins occur. If someone wants into your house theyll get in no matter what. Usually its an after the fact sort of deal when this happens then its too late. Remember locks were put on doors to keep the honest people out !! Burglers can always get in.
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