Nicking motorhome Parts - BE AWARE

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  1. ourcampersbeentrashed

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    We caught a man with an irish accent attempting to steal the number plate from the front of our motorhome today.

    Police unfortunately let us down.

    He had an accomplice who was parked in a vehicle further down the road

    Dont know yet whether the registration number is also nicked or stolen but keep your eyes out for this vehicle registration number if you are in the London / Essex Area.

    VK57EMF
     
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    To busy manning speed cameras :Angry:
     
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    But then if 90% of motorists didn't drive at grossly excessive speeds then speed cameras would cease to bring an any revenue and become redundant.

    Unfortunately they are there because of the moronic motorists.

    I know I've heard it a million times before - when caught doing 60 mph in a 30 mph it was just a momentary lapse of concentration.

    When are speeding motorists going to stop whinging when caught.

    This is a general comment and is not intended to suggest that bmb1Uk is one of those guilty of persistent speeding.
     
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    Unfortunately you have an older vehicle which is a real target for theives - its' easier to steal (no immobiliser) and less likely to have a tracker fitted.

    Though on this occassion, they were just after your plate - it is probably because they have nicked one that they wish to clone with yours. Good spotting on stopping it happening - but may be a good idea if you look into security........if they have stolen a similar model, then there is obviously a demand for them, so make sure yours will not be on their shopping list!

    Warning to anyone - moreso those with older vehicles - really lock them down tight!! If it means wheel clamps, steering locks, and security locks everywhere so be it - the harder it looks to steal, the more likely they are to go elsewhere.....

    You can buy shear bolts for number plates too - or just rivet them on!
     
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    Shear bolts or rivets are no match for anyone armed with a cordless drill :Sad:

    If you want number plate security you need to buy the theft proof sort from the DVLA that cannot be removed without destroying them, they are not cheap however :cry:
     
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    Cheers Tony so much, I could remember the shape of the vehicle but was having real problems matching it up. Ive been trawling through pictures of cars on google. Hadnt got as far as vauxhall
     
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    Thanks remember they already had the front off last year xxxx
     
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    We have a tag axle "Delfin" parked down our road at the moment. Parked by 2 guys yesterday who left in a car. MH has trade plates, but is a 57 model.
    The neighbours became concerned as nobody knew who owned it & parking spaces are at a premium, so they contacted the police who are on the case & trying to trace the owner or trader.:RollEyes:
     
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    He will be a little red faced if he has left his trade plates in there - meant to be locked away every night, and never left on a vehicle!
     
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    One plate is on the dash , but the rear tade plate is fixed over the rear vehicle plate - just held on by glorified bubber bands aren't they ? :RollEyes:

    We have a travelling fair in the neighbourhood, so lots of strange things tend to go on :Sad:
     
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    The one on the dash will be the one with the tax on it (little triangle on top) - it basically taxes any vehicle it is in, and proves insurance on MID database.

    They are meant to be used for transporting a vehicle from a-b, both points being off road - ie forecourt/garage, or on a test drive - not to be used for parking a vehicle, or for using long term. He will have some explaining if the police are involved!
     
  13. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

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    Have sympathy for me with the light fingered lookers on the forecourt, we are always missing something off a van that has walked.

    I dread to think of the shrinkage in the shop.

    Peter
     
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    That explains why half the door knobs are missing on sales forecourts! - never thought people would be so tight!!
     
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    Why would someone want to steal a numberplate?
    Am i just having a blond moment ?
    Cant you just go and buy one from Charlie Browns or somewhere similar? Or do you have to have log books etc to prove its yours? Never had to replace one before.
    I hope you've got your MH locked up tightly. Though if they already have the other plate ( Which they took last year ) they may have already got what they wanted .
     
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    Yes you need your log book and licence to get a number plate these days, Theives stole the plates of my mums car whilst it was at a garage for repair a couple of years ago. They put them on similar cars that they have stolen (to either sell the vehicle on or use it in a robbery), We reported it and the garage got replacement plates for it but she was stopped a few times by the police who wanted to check the car out as it had 'stolen numberplates' on.
     
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    Showplates are easily ordered and used on all my tow vehicles.
     
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    Lots of plates get nicked... You should not be able to get a set made up without the registration document nowadays ( I think ).

    Once they have them they can be used by the crims ( won't go into too much detail as you don't know who is looking :) ) but simples if you think about it.
     
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    A number plate is no longer just a plate!

    Due to ANPR and the MID database, no longer come someone get away with travelling without tax/insurance/licence.....let alone a stolen one!

    So they take the plate off a vehicle that is on the road - and the ANPR is none the wiser, so long as it is the same make of vehicle. It just means they can slip by the police - this is why plate theft is on the increase!

    There are a number of security devices around - but in order to pursuade them to go eslewhere, it is not about making it tamper proof - it's about making it more difficult or noisey. So shears or rivets usually suffice. Anything that will stop them attempting theft, as they won't want to use noisey tools or make a racket getting them off, when they can just unscrew someone elses!
     
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    Hang on one cotton picking moment!

    oldun:"But then if 90% of motorists didn't drive at grossly excessive speeds then speed cameras would cease to bring an any revenue and become redundant."

    From me, another oldun:-

    If 90% of motorists exceed the speed limits, and road accidents are not soaring, it shows the limits are too low, not that motorists are driving dangerously.

    Please, oldun, you'll give all us olduns a bad name if we moan about the younguns doing what we used to do!!! (like taking a full race Porsche 904 round the Maidstone bypass at 140 mph on the day the 70 mph limit was introduced, just for the hell of it.)
     
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