Hurricane Fourwinds Stolen from lay-by

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  1. scotjimland

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    KNUTSFORD police are appealing for information after a motorhome worth £40,000 was stolen in Mere.

    The Hurricane Fourwinds was parked in a layby in Warrington Road, on Sunday, August 30, when an opportunist thief ‘hotwired’ the vehicle.

    During the incident, the owner was enjoying an evening at the Kilton Inn after travelling for two and a half hours from Lincolnshire.

    He visited the pub at 9.45pm and found his motorhome – which is beige and gold coloured– missing at 11.15pm.

    The owner also lost motorbike leathers, helmets and computer equipment, amounting to about £10,000.

    If you have seen the vehicle or have any information that could assist the police, call 0845 458 0000 and quote incident 1035 of August 30, or call PCSO Dolan or PC Mike Dawber on 084548 6380.


    http://www.knutsfordguardian.co.uk/news/8379015.Luxury_motorhome_stolen_from_layby/
     
  2. Larrynwin

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    If an immobiliser is fitted is hotwiring still possible. This rv may not have had an immobiliser as they are not fitted to all rv's as standard.
     
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  3. Terry

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    Don't think for one second that they will stop a thief with plenty of time on his hands :Eeek:Look on any alarm / immobiliser as a deterrent rather than g/tee against being stolen - locks etc only keep honest people out :thumb:
    terry
     
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    I think it is foolish to leave any vehicle unattended in a lay by ..


     
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    So many motorhomes being stolen recently. Its so sad xxx

    I think there should be a scheme whereby all motorhomes have an identity chip put in them that has to be swiped at docks ports, and whilst on ferries etc.

    The chip could be activated to flag up "stolen" somehow - but Im not technical

    If someone out there is???? Why not start inventing
     
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    If Yours was stolen would you want it back:Eeek:
    Any one up for a chalenge
    Here
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    Loads of parking around the Inn wonder why they did not use that, maybe the access is tight. Can't see an obvious layby, but I imagine they meant to sleep there, after coming out the pub so late. Must have been a terrible shock. Map Link

     
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    Think its time I sat and read Jims security handbook :thumb:
     
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    If its not already been shipped abroad ..............

    I just wonder whether it will be amongst the many vans at the Lincoln show next weekend?

    This could be the first FUNSTER "motorhome treasure hunt" at a show
     
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    the nearest layby is about 1/4mile away towards mere traffic lights on a busy through road (main warrington-knutsford), i also cant understand why they didnt use the carparks unless there have been height barriers that have been fitted recently, but there wasnt any last time i went past there and there is a garage forecourt right accross from the kiltern.
    From that pub you are only 10mins from the M6 and about 5mins from the M56
     
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    Well I know the price of leathers and helmets, let's assume there were two sets.

    Would you leave £8k+ of portable computer equip in your RV whilst you went to the pub down the road?

    Err, does anyone on here own £8k+ of portable computer equip? Why? LOL
     
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    A "Clutch Claw" makes this type if theft more difficult. We always fit ours when we leave the vehicle anywhere even on sites and CLs.

    John
     
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    I used to use a clutch claw.. excellent bit of kit but no use on an automatic ..

    frankly, I find it incredulous that they left £50K in a lay by .. no alarm or mechanical protection will stop a thief ..

    Imagine if you were full time and were now homeless .. :Sad:
     
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    Jim what do you do short of bolting it down. A quiet site could be just as risky as a layby.
    Is it possible this guy did not have an alarm or immobiliser ?
     
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    Yes I agree, there is risk everywhere, but I would think the risk in a layby is far greater then even a quiet site ..

    When we were travelling we never left the RV unattended in a car park, lay-by or empty aire, even when we went shopping to a supermarket one of us stayed behind to guard it ..

    On aires we would only leave it after we had become friendly with a neighbour or had spoken to someone and asked them to watch it .. but NEVER left it unattended or stayed overnight on an autoroute aire, that is asking for trouble.

    On sites when we stayed for a few weeks I would take the precaution of disconnecting the engine battery which was located under our bed.
     
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    A hidden electric or manual fuel switch is by far the best anti theft device
    The theif is fooled into thinking he's getting away with it
    Then twenty yards down the road it packs in, more than likey in the middle of a roundabout:thumb: He wont hang around to damage or empty it
    The police will tell you they found your vehicle before you even miss it:Doh:
     
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    That is a good idea Geo .. :thumb:

    the main fuel shut off solenoid on the Cummins would be easy to wire to a hidden switch ..
     
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    Had my Mini Cooper stolen TWICE while visiting friends in Coventry a few years ago.

    I had wired a switch into the fuel pump power feed....

    Got the car back both times...within 1 mile of us.....

    Won't be going/sent to Coventry again though...:Doh::Rofl1:
     
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    Access to the parking on the left looks very difficult from the only entrance in Hulse Heath lane, with a load of cars in it the one on the right probably isn't any better.

    As you say Jim I can't see a lay-by.

    olley
     
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    The layby is arrowed:

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    The Kilton, as well as being a popular pub, also has a Premier Inn, so they probably couldn't get anywhere near the car park!
     
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