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Time taken to steal a caravan 8 months 3 weeks ago #446162

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Bobster999 wrote:
Yea but mine was an auto engage and must have engaged at some point locking the wheels (maybe a short circuit ) that’s why it was dumped 2 miles away. The auto engage ones can be disengaged but it’s fiddly takes time and requires a specialist tool.

If you adapt a power drill tool you can simulate the “emergency” hand winding tool on the Powertouch Evolution. It takes mere seconds to wind the rollers back or forth. I did it for my last caravan as the electrical actuation was iffy and I required back up too often for my liking. I’ve now gone back to manual actuation.
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Time taken to steal a caravan 8 months 3 weeks ago #446163

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I always understood that leaving the rollers engaged on the tyres was a no as over time the tyres would distort
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Time taken to steal a caravan 8 months 3 weeks ago #446164

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I’m with Ray bar the curtains. Sunlight damage may be worse than a potential theft ;)
Some years ago , I can’ t find it now, a forum its had his stolen from back garden which was blocked all round. The Scum used a mobile crane and low loader.
IMO, trust me, if it’s nicked , pray it is not recovered and you get your new for old settlement from the insurer B)
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Time taken to steal a caravan 8 months 3 weeks ago #446179

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Yes just increased my new for old £25 k to £28 extra £40 . With C and Cc. . Doesen't include wife though.
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Time taken to steal a caravan 8 months 3 weeks ago #446181

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We dont bother with any security. Just take the wheels off and leave on axle stands. Good luck if they want to tow that away in a hurry.
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Time taken to steal a caravan 8 months 2 weeks ago #446370

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PHOENIXFLIER wrote:
We dont bother with any security. Just take the wheels off and leave on axle stands. Good luck if they want to tow that away in a hurry.
Do we really believe they don't carry spare wheels ( just a look when passing with these guys will determine which type of wheel ) and is your insurance valid without wheel and hitchlocks ?
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Time taken to steal a caravan 8 months 2 weeks ago #446371

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For the less than 10 minutes it takes me to take my wheel lock off and hitch lock off I couldn't be bothered to carry around two wheels and put them on & off for each trip . I've barely got enough room in the boot as it is to get the stuff in for weekend away with the two kids never mind putting two wheels in the boot . :blink:
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Time taken to steal a caravan 8 months 2 weeks ago #446397

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So sorry to hear about this awful experience :( I can only imagine how you felt having your pride and joy stolen and destroyed like this, especially after all the security you had on it :unsure:

I really hope you were able to replace it and won't let this awful experience of mindless scumbags spoil your future adventures :dry:
Bobster999 wrote:
Just going through the trauma of having to replace a stolen van
I was amazed at how easily and quickly the last van was stolen

Van was stored on a working farm on what In believed was a reasonably secure compound surrounded by a moat on three sides and a ditch on the 4th side with access through 2 barriers and the farm required

Scumbags broke through 3 locked gates and drove across three fields and one ditch to get into compound from the rear

Alarm and tracker activated at 4.15 am at 4.17 tracker signaled loss of power to van but tracker was still signaling that it was stationary

At 4.45 arrived at site van gone

2 alko wheel locks removed by cutting receivers off chassis with gas

Hitch lock cut off again with gas corner steady locks broken off

Alarm and tracker ripped out

Van was recovered 2 miles away in the middle of a field the motor mover had hit something and locked up the wheels making it impossible to continue towing

With hindsight I was lucky they were away when my son and I arrived otherwise there might have been a problem.

So it appears that it doesn’t matter what security you have if they want it they will take it

The best security appears to be having an auto motor mover and leaving it on the wheels as this did stop them dead in there tracks but this would most likely damage the tyres
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Time taken to steal a caravan 8 months 2 weeks ago #446399

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Dustydog wrote:
I’m with Ray bar the curtains. Sunlight damage may be worse than a potential theft ;)
Some years ago , I can’ t find it now, a forum its had his stolen from back garden which was blocked all round. The Scum used a mobile crane and low loader.
IMO, trust me, if it’s nicked , pray it is not recovered and you get your new for old settlement from the insurer B)

We do leave the curtains open to try and show there is nothing to steal inside. We have not had a problem with fading but then again in Scotland sunshine can be in short supply. Having the curtains open does give you a bit of heat in cold weather which cannot be bad.
If you want to see how quick the professionals are watch this:

It is now quite old but it shows just how quickly it can be done.
Ray
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Time taken to steal a caravan 8 months 2 weeks ago #446407

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Why are we such 'wimps' when it comes to punishing these perpetrators when caught? Just come across this in Motor Cycle News, what sort of scum are these.? (Oh sorry they are misunderstood, had it tough, illiterate, on drugs, wont work, etc. All my fault!)

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