Security! What Deterrent!

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Some lowlife has just gained entry to my "Van" and stole my TV.
19" HD ready LCD Digital with inbuilt DVD. How they gained entry is down to my fault and I will certainly make sure it does not happen so easily next time.

I suppose I should be grateful that they only took the TV and did not do any more damage than was necessary.
They unscrewed 4 Phillips screws to remove it from the swinging arm bracket and to release the power cable. They even had the cheek to open the Heki roof light blind to give themselves more light. Cheekier still they removed the DVD that was in the set and left that behind.

So, a big lesson learned, but, I do hope they try again because they will be in for a nasty shock when they do.
Police were informed but only as a matter of fact, no complaint was made as there would be no point in pursuing the matter. No insurance claim will be sought, only the sick feeling that these lowlife have been in my "Van" and are laughing as they pass by, probably daily.
 

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Rigging live mains or whatever to exposed parts could leave you open to prosecution, besides which they have your telly, didn't like your choice of DVD why would they come back. hope your insurance covered the loss:Sad:.
 

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It's a pity they don't code these similar to Car radios.
Guess there might be some inconvenience but if you had to enter a code everytime the TV was switched on it might just deter the "opportunist" thief especially if it sported a sticker saying it was coded.

:Doh:Just a thought
 

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after we were burgled at our villa in Turkey, we bought a 'trip wire' with a BLANK shot-gun cartridge which fits into a holder on the end. Make sure you put it in a place that the intruder is sure to fall over it and the cartridge goes off. Years ago, a friend of ours used this method in his garage (there was no electric supply) and one morning he himself accidently tripped over it and set it off - apparently he was 500 yards down the lane before he stopped running, his heart pounding, his legs weak with fear and it was 2 days before his hearing came back.
We used it in Turkey because of the same problem with intermitant electric supplies, and they must be legal because they are readily available in army surplus stores.
Ever since we fitted the one in Turkey, I have wished they would break in our middle floor veranda door again - I would just love them to drop 15 feet to the ground in shock!
 

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after we were burgled at our villa in Turkey, we bought a 'trip wire' with a BLANK shot-gun cartridge which fits into a holder on the end. Make sure you put it in a place that the intruder is sure to fall over it and the cartridge goes off. Years ago, a friend of ours used this method in his garage (there was no electric supply) and one morning he himself accidently tripped over it and set it off - apparently he was 500 yards down the lane before he stopped running, his heart pounding, his legs weak with fear and it was 2 days before his hearing came back.
We used it in Turkey because of the same problem with intermitant electric supplies, and they must be legal because they are readily available in army surplus stores.
Ever since we fitted the one in Turkey, I have wished they would break in our middle floor veranda door again - I would just love them to drop 15 feet to the ground in shock!
Probably give them a heart attack.......:Doh:

Wouldn't get away with it over here.The burglar would sue you ....and probably WIN.:Angry:
 

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When we were robbed in Spain in our caravan they just used a something like a screwdriver at the bottom corner of the door and the secure plastic style like just popped open.

Left a little dent on the bottom on my door:Doh:

Real sorry to hear about you robbery.
 
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Not even bothering about the insurance Roger as it was my fault that they gained entry too easily.
 

paul&stella

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Probably give them a heart attack.......:Doh:

Wouldn't get away with it over here.The burglar would sue you ....and probably WIN.:Angry:
We do use them over here - we can only buy them over here, they're good for anywhere there is no electricity for a full alarm system. The only place they don't work well is anywhere damp.
 
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So do I Lucille, but I doubt it.
They knew exactly what they were doing.
I'm just grateful that they didn't trash the van.
A valuable lesson learned of course.
Still rankles though.
 
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As I said previously, a valuable/costly lesson was learned.
There will be no TV in the van when parked up outside the house and extra locks have been purchased along with a new alarm system that makes it impossible for me to leave any door unlocked and not alarmed.

Only problem I've got now is how do I stay out of trouble when I shoot them if I catch them trying to gain entry next time.

(And I'm not joking!)
 

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Really sorry for you, its a real sickener. Its the same old story.

A determined thief will get in anywhere. All that you can do is try to make sure that you make it as difficult as possible for the scum.

I think a lot of the time its complacancey. I (touch wood) have never been burgled, this leads me to not think about it to much. Its only when people like yourself report this kind of thing that I do start to wonder.

A lot is down to a bit of common sense and being constantley aware that these scum bags are about.

All the best (and keep smiling)

Jim :Smile:
 
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Hi, sorry to hear about them nicking your tv, It worries me endless about our motor home when its parked on the drive, a family around the corner from us came out one morning to find pellet holes all over her caravan, as some idiot kids had been using it as target practise thru the night! Turns out they found out who the kids were (14 & 15 yr olds) all they got was a caution! We use a proper motor home storage place which costs us £1 a day, but it has CCTV, a moat, electric gates and is hidden from the road, they dont even have a sign outside so anyone driving past wouldnt even see it! Its an hours drive away which is a hassle - but the peace of mind is worth it! We even had an alarm fitted, immobiliser and tracker, every time we set the alarm off by mistake we get a phone call from the tracker company - once again not cheap - but its the peace of mind we need...- but at the end of the day when we plan to go out and park it on the drive overnight there is nothing to stop some little s....t scraping a key down the side of it, or doing what ever damage they like!!! What can you do? :shout: Anne
 

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Hi, sorry to hear about them nicking your tv, It worries me endless about our motor home when its parked on the drive, a family around the corner from us came out one morning to find pellet holes all over her caravan, as some idiot kids had been using it as target practise thru the night! Turns out they found out who the kids were (14 & 15 yr olds) all they got was a caution! We use a proper motor home storage place which costs us £1 a day, but it has CCTV, a moat, electric gates and is hidden from the road, they dont even have a sign outside so anyone driving past wouldnt even see it! Its an hours drive away which is a hassle - but the peace of mind is worth it! We even had an alarm fitted, immobiliser and tracker, every time we set the alarm off by mistake we get a phone call from the tracker company - once again not cheap - but its the peace of mind we need...- but at the end of the day when we plan to go out and park it on the drive overnight there is nothing to stop some little s....t scraping a key down the side of it, or doing what ever damage they like!!! What can you do? :shout: Anne
As with all the other posts, very sorry to hear of your misfortune. We have been done twice and truly know the bad feeling it leaves that your space has been invaded, quite apart from the stuff you lose. We have now got an interactive alarm, they phone when the alarm goes off, and it makes us feel better when we have to leave the van. The only time they have phoned since is when we accidentally set it off ourselves but it does at least prove that the system works. Annoyingly we only ever set it off when we are abroad and paying roaming rates:Blush:. Phantom Interactive if you are interested, excellent. Tony
 

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why would they come back. hope your insurance covered the loss:Sad:.
Wildman asks the above question and the answer is simple........"To steal the brand new TV you have bought to replace the one the low life scum bag stole":Eeek:
 
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Some lowlife has just gained entry to my "Van" and stole my TV.
19" HD ready LCD Digital with inbuilt DVD. How they gained entry is down to my fault and I will certainly make sure it does not happen so easily next time.

I suppose I should be grateful that they only took the TV and did not do any more damage than was necessary.
They unscrewed 4 Phillips screws to remove it from the swinging arm bracket and to release the power cable. .
Our flat screen freeveiw TV only cost a bit over £200 but we wouldn't consider leaving it on show when the van is not in use. I won't go into details but unless it is in use it slides away in a place where even the most devious of thieves would not find it let alone recognise it if he/she did. I would suggest you replacement gets the same treatment. Remember even the strongest lock can be defeated with a battery angle grinder or bolt croppers but if you can't see it....
Sorry to hear about ypour loss anyway.
 

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Two air bag modules from steering wheels either side of the doorway at head height, wired to a pressure switch under the carpet and the battery.

The intruder will be deaf and knocked out, which will give you time to allow them to accidentally headbutt your fist and the ground repaetedly until the police arrive.

I am, though, truly sorry to hear about your loss, but until Mr and Mrs public take a hardline with this scum, they will never learn.
 
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