Robbed on an Aire in France

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  1. Nikkijt

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    On the 22nd of Dec 2018 while travelling through France in our lovely motorhome we decided to get our heads down in the services near Bourges. We moved everything out of sight and took all valuable items in to our bedroom area and got our heads down for an early start the next morning. When we awoke, my husband couldn’t find his jeans but knew he had left them at the side of the bed! Within minutes it came to our panick stricken attention that we had beef robbed!! My handbag which was at my bedside was in the cab, all money gone! Husbands jeans and wallet money gone! My two coats that were hanging in the shower area had gone also. They never took any cards or phones or sat nav. We never heard a thing and believe me I am a light restless sleeper and wake up frequently through the night! How did we not hear them bust the lock on the side door? Rustle through all our belongings and then enter the sleeping area and take my bag, clothing etc, without ever hearing a thing! I only remember hearing a van pull up behind ours and what sounded like a generator going on and off until I went to sleep! People say this doesn’t happen and it’s all rubbish but believe me this IS happening! We are new to motorhoming and was really looking forward to our adventure but I can honestly say that I am scared to ever sleep in it again.
     
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    Sorry to hear of your bad experience - too late now but the general advice is never to sleep in service areas. There are plenty of aires de camping car available in France.

    You might find a small hole below one of the door locks. You might even have forgotten to lock the doors - I've done that! :)

    The high ambient noise in the service areas covers their activies and you just slept through it.
     
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    A truly dreadful experience for you, we too are fairly new to motorhoming (two years), however the advice we have read/recieved is to NEVER stay overnight in a service area.

    Hope you can carry on and put this behind you.
     
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    Such a horrible experience, I feel sorry for you

    Didn't the alarm go off and wake you?
     
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    Yeah it definitely does happen. A guy who did a bit of work on my van said they were away one time and when they woke up they all felt a bit hungoverish even though they hadn't been drinking. After a few of them said they couldn't find their phones the guy remembered a 'dream' he had where a guy was standing next to him going through his jeans.

    Turns out it wasn't a dream at all and they had been knocked out and robbed.
     
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    Sorry to hear of your terrible ordeal, but the golden rule on here is 'don't ever stay overnight is motorway services'. There are thousands of Aires away from the main motorways, and by and large they are much less prone to scumbag robbers.
     
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    We checked all the doors and they were all locked, we was under the impression that you pick a busy 24hr services which we did! They had put a screwdriver into the door lock and bust it! Maybe we didn’t have enough security on the van to prevent a break in but believe me it will have in the future. When your new to all this you just don’t really know all the ins and outs but it really has frightened me.
     
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    You were unlucky. Maybe the alarm would've prevented your loss. These folk use stealth, and probably pick pockets during the day. Try not to let it spoil your adventures.
    It's a shame that van locks are so easily overcome..
     
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    I felt really tired and heavy headed and some people have suggested that we was gassed!! Is this possible? My hubby says he felt okay but I was very tired! Makes you wonder.
     
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    Knocked out with what?
     
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    No, despite what you may read its not possible.
     
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    To be fair and to add balance, I and thousands of others use motorway aires to stop over. It is what they are for. During the Summer months you will see motorcyclists rolled up beside their bikes in a sleeping bag, people in open top cars with the seats reclined and a travel blanket over them, small tents up, caravans, motorhomes, trucks the lot.

    There are hundreds of motorway aires in France and they are well and safely used by thousands.

    Don't let it put you off owning a motorhome, after all people get robbed on campsites as well, and houses, and Streets and shops and even on line
     
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    :pink: to the group......
     
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    In a word...... No.
     
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    I think they drive lorrys during the day:doh:
     
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    I don't think they've joined the 'group'.:whistle:
     
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    There is an aire du camping car near Bourges, wondering why you slept at a service station?
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    Maybe they're unaware of Aires in villages, so if youre stopping overnight on the motorways aires, you are asking for trouble IMO.
     
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    I have been sleeping overnight on motorway service stations in France and Pain for over 20 years and not had a problem.

    Fairly simple to stay safe as follows:

    VanBitz alarm and visible flashing led’s, front back and sides
    Deadlocks on driver’s door (A Class) and habitation door
    Milenco alarms on windows, shrill alarm if window forced
    Park in car parking area, not amongst the lorries where you are hidden amongst the juggernauts
     
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    No its not possible to be gassed....unless its from a fart:rofl: Alcohol does play apart sometimes.

    I've heard enough and learned enough from this site that we will never stay overnight in a service station abroad, besides the aires in France are plentiful so no need.

    Don't let it put you off. If somewhere doesn't feel right then move. Always trust your gut.
     
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