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Old 09-13-2019, 10:21 AM   #1
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On another forum, I just saw where a couple who had their Class A stolen a couple of days, the police had just recovered it. The mess, and damage was pretty extensive. The comments reported that the thieves had used some pretty sophisticated tools to steal it.

Sadly, in our world today, the number of people who are homeless and drug addicted is alarming. After reading about this theft, a light bulb went off; what a prime thing to steal if you are a druggy or homeless. Nice furniture, heat/ ac, bathroom, televisions, stocked with food......all the amenities. Fact, I would wager the idea will spread like wild fire, and our rigs will turn into “prime” targets.

I am interested in ideas and suggestions on how to prevent this theft. Once you get past the door locks, it would be pretty easy to hot wire, start, and just drive off.
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Most vehicle thefts are crimes of opportunity unless thieves have specifically targeted a particularly vehicle for its parts or intrinsic value, or it's personal because the thief has an issue with the victim.


Stealing a sophisticated DP requires the thief have at least a little knowledge of the various vehicle systems work - jacks/air leveling, air brakes, slide rooms if they're deployed, etc. or he's not driving it away without bringing attention.


A couple of companies can install theft deterrent systems in RVs that range from chassis battery disconnect (if you can't start it you cant drive it) to sophisticated alarm systems with GPS location devices.


Motor home thefts are relatively rare compared to the theft of Hondas and F150s.
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I installed a simple door alarm in our MH. It is VERY loud and I'm banking on the sudden noise scaring off any intruder! I paid about $12.95 for it at Wal-Mart.
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You could remove the steering wheel or a front tire.
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A friend had an incident while his rig was in storage. They climbed up onto the roof and broke through a vent cover. Then lowered a child into the rig. He unlocked the door and they moved into the rig. They stayed in the rig for over a month during rainy season. When he went to pick it up it was completely trashed! The storage lot assumed no responsibility at all! He sold it shortly after for a pittance of value. He was just broken hearted! That is why I poured a 100 foot pad at home. I can keep an eye on mine.
A double cylinder deadbolt could help, but depending upon your health may be a fire hazard. Remember the days when vagrancy was a crime?
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Most vehicle thefts are crimes of opportunity unless thieves have specifically targeted a particularly vehicle for its parts or intrinsic value, or it's personal because the thief has an issue with the victim.


Stealing a sophisticated DP requires the thief have at least a little knowledge of the various vehicle systems work - jacks/air leveling, air brakes, slide rooms if they're deployed, etc. or he's not driving it away without bringing attention.


A couple of companies can install theft deterrent systems in RVs that range from chassis battery disconnect (if you can't start it you cant drive it) to sophisticated alarm systems with GPS location devices.


Motor home thefts are relatively rare compared to the theft of Hondas and F150s.

FOUND!!! 2 people arrested... I will share details as soon as drug dogs finish. 2 more still missing. It was parked at a Walmart Store in Broomfield, CO and Walmart called the police to have the RV removed. They also had a trailer attached to the RV and the car inside the trailer is missing. Police brought in drug sniffing dogs.

I cannot drive or lock it. The police are going to have it towed (not sure how that works!?). I am sitting here waiting for the tow guys.

So... The culprits destroyed all the locks and all the wiring to drive it all over Colorado. Police showed me some of the tools they had available to them to break in and do damage... very sophisticated for drug addicts. There is at least two hits to the front and rear bumpers.

They literally lived in it, were found asleep and with a dog and completely trashed it... it’s disgusting. Drugs and needles everywhere. Jail time for sure for these two and not sure about the poor dog they had with them. See updated pics below.

Please let me thank you ALL... a total of 14k+ people shared this post off 8 FB sites in less than 24 hours. You are all so amazing!!! Thank you!!

Finally, the Broomfield Police department and the Adams County Police department were amazing and did everything to help me stay sane through all of this. Now is up to the insurance company!!

Thanks again!!

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Help Stolen!! My 2016 Tiffin Allegro Red was stolen from my storage lot here in Colorado. It is a 33AA Open Road... Colorado Plates BJO 069. We believe it was stolen on or around Friday, September 6th in Denver, CO. I know the thief used a credit card several times since at Pilot Gas Station in Grand Junction, CO and Flying J Gas Station in Aurora, CO - today too!!! Pictures are provided below. They got everything including all my personal photos of my dogs that since passed. I have called a police report in. Please help me find these bastards!!
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My first thought was how easy it would be to hit the mechanics kill switch in the engine compartment
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Hmmm
Like buying real estate

Location

Location

Location

Certainly
Not a 100 percent solution

But lowers the risk.

We have never locked up much.
We leave the keys in vehicles and boats.

Yes, bad habit but its where and how we were raised in small rural farm communities.
Being in our early 70s we are probably not going to change.

Today as some have commented Drugs have an effect Certainly.

I see people come into the compground and lock the coach door to hook up the utilities.
Unlock every bay door when they use something. Its where and how they live their lives that they chose.

Thats good for them Certainly.

I criticize no one for being cautious and
Many are responding to a very Bad experience.

As I have stated ma y times

We dont stop for fuel or food within
30 miles or so of City's.

We dont stay at campground s
In tourist areas or close to city's

Yes
We love the rural life style.

Thats just us

And yes

We celebrated our 49th wedding anniversary
Yesterday. As an added thought .

We dined at

Bettys Restaurant
Rt. 55 North
Colombia Kentucky

Thats where my wife wanted to Have Lunch.

Yes
When we visit the city?
We lock the vehicles

But not a Town like Columbia
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My first thought was how easy it would be to hit the mechanics kill switch in the engine compartment
Indeed. Mine has a separate engine battery shut off in the battery bay, as well as a chassis shut off beside the salesman switch. Your odds of finding that and getting it going are slim to none. I would think 95 percent of normal people would be terrified to get behind the wheel of a large A class. You would have better odds of someone breaking in to camp out in it, then to attempt to move it. It has to be pretty rare that one actually gets stolen. Most thieves aren't very smart, so you wonder where they got the knowledge to operate something with air brakes, and all the complicated stuff on these rvs. To the OP, sorry for your misfortune. Hopefully the insurance writes it off, and you get a different unit. They probably did more damage than is apparent.
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I would think 95 percent of normal people would be terrified to get behind the wheel of a large A class. You would have better odds of someone breaking in to camp out in it, then to attempt to move it. It has to be pretty rare that one actually gets stolen. Most thieves aren't very smart, so you wonder where they got the knowledge to operate something with air brakes, and all the complicated stuff on these rvs.
You are trying to apply rational, responsible thinking to a situation than contains neither. Many homeless are mentally ill and/or substance abusers, and have no hesitation to destroy the property of others to further their pursuit of happiness. As far as complicated systems, they don't care. It's not like they are likely to use the frig, empty the tanks, connect the utilities, or even level the unit. They are looking for a place to squat for a while, do some drugs, catch some sleep, and stay warmer and drier. If they can hotwire it to get it started, they can surely figure out the air brakes.
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If you are not in storage and you have internet and your Alexa with you there is an option(I don;t remember its name) to tell a=Alexa you are leaving and she will email you when strange noises etc are heard.
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