Robbery in France

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  1. GJH

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    I was talking to a friend this morning who was telling me of his experience. This is somebody we've known for around 25 years or so and who would not deliberately mislead me.

    Apparently he bought a 6 berth Carioca a couple of months ago and went on a trip to Italy with his wife and teenage daughter. On the way back, after 7 hours driving and an hour and a half from Calais, they encountered very heavy rain with HGVs speeding past them on the motorway so decided to pull into a MSA to see if the rain eased off. When it didn't they decided to have a couple of drinks and stay the night.

    No doubt you can guess the rest. First to wake the next morning discovered that they had been robbed so wakes the others and they call the police. They felt groggy (not surprising given the rude awakening) but assumed that they had slept soundly because of such a long drive. First thing the police say is along the lines of "You've been gassed, the thieves carry a canister which they spray through the vents". They had never even thought of gassing as the cause and innocently accepted that explanation as an alternative reason why they had felt groggy.

    I explained all the stories and asked if the police had arranged medical checks - no medical checks. Also the fact that it would take rather more than a canister of gas to have an effect in such a large vehicle. He saw the logic of that and agreed it is much more likely that their tiredness explained why they weren't awoken by the thieves. It does appear that the French police are using the gassing story to avoid having to investigate thoroughly.
     
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    It should be argued that the addition of the gas as a form of 'weapon' should require more investigation not less?
     
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    Ah well, I suppose the moral of the story is . . . . . . . don't come to France, the aires are getting too full of Brits anyway:whistle:
     
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    Perhaps it's the police doing it!!!
     
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    Some years ago after driving down to Spain with teenage kids I was knackered so I parked up in a street in
    La estartit. The kids went off and I put my feet up on the sink and fell asleep with the door open. I was woken by a noise, opened my eyes to find someone just disappearing out of the door. I jumped up and chased one of them but my leg was half dead and he could run a lot faster than me. His mate ran the other way. Now they had been in the wardrobe and draws.......was I gassed or was I just knackered sleeping like a baby.
     
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    Da da, da da, da da, da da...........Bat Gas!

    Craig
     
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    Agreed - but not as easy as a fob off excuse :(
     
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    Maybe there's something in the gassing remember impossible is two letters to long
    To many stories and IMO there's a possibility this is happening, as you say Graham you trust the word of your friend and seems unlikely someone could enter such a small space and the danger to them if you were to awake and yet not be heard even in a deep sleep, unless something was used
     
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    to sleep or not to sleep that is the question.
     
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    Does it happen to the Germans in their wohnmobils?
     
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    ... they're called 'burglars' and are SKILLED at what they do ... so YES they can and do do this ... unfortunately. The OP did not think of gas - it was the stupid coppers who suggested it without any proof, just stupid speculation on their part, extremely poor policing. Wonder if any of them own a local campsite .... :mad:
     
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    does anyone reckon that those people who have gone for a couple of drinks could have had their drinks doctored would explain waking with a headache and before any smart arse says its a hangover many of us dont suffer them
     
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    Doesn't France use CCTV security systems? Has anyone every noticed/witnessed/filmed suspicious movements around fellow travellers motorhomes? All these incidents do not seem to have any other single witnesses, someone somewhere must have seen suspicious goings on. After all these places have other travellers all around.
     
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    Not in this case Bill. A couple of cans in the van apparently. Basically sheer tiredness from 7 hours on the road with difficult weather conditions in the end.
     
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    Let`s put this gassing lark into some prospective... :Smile:

    We will never find out if it is or is not the case...

    What I find strange is................... all these so called gassing`s in M.Homes.. :RollEyes:

    Our motor home has NOT got one vent...:crying: and most others have not got any.. (I think:wink:)

    The only vent is on the fridge/freezer side, one top and one at the bottom... and as far as I can see/tell it let`s air in at the bottom and any fumes out through the top.. (Could be other way round, I dont know)..

    Even the cooker Hob extractor has a gauze type filter, which would nesesitate an awful lot of gas to get through that.. :RollEyes:

    But neither of these vents have a way of letting air or some skunk with gas into the interior of the M.H...

    They are virtually air tight except from the outside..

    Or am I talking out of my back side..... as usual...:Smile: :restmycase:

     
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    tip,s passed on to me via sooty10 [kieth & kath] when unsure of parking on aire,s etc, put ratchet strap across front door,s also hab door,what kind of security do they have fitted inside the van ,i have all door,s alarmed
    infa red pickups also my road cam can be set to moniter movement in front of van,re-act to movement infa red camera,thinking of having a pir fitted near hab door
     
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    The only other vents I can think of would be the cab air vents - but it would still need a heck of a lot of gas :)
     
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    Think you been reading to many spy novels minx, it's not James Bond were talking about here if there that skilled why are the prison full of them especially with stupid coppers about
    Having been brought up on the border of Stretford and oldTrafford we have our share of burglars and not many of them are sneaks due to the danger involved and that's in a house with numerous exits in a M/H there's generally the one in a very confined space (half of which you sleep in) and unless you left the door open pretty sure you would here them break the lock so there has to be some other explanation
    You talk about speculation and then suggest police officer buy campsites were talking about France here not Kenya
    What make you think there stupid with no proof, none of us are privy to what information they have
    The OP didn't think it was gassing, however the victims might have a different opion
     
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    Sorry if it's a silly question, but how come the mh alarms don't go off when it is broken into?
     
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