Stolen Motorhomes

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  1. MickyP

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    I am reading on a Daily basis now that 1 or 2 Motorhome's a Day are being stolen in the UK, posts on Motorhome threads and Facebook lots of shares etc? Where do they all go must be somewhere, if they are being shipped abroad how come they don't get stopped at ports? Very rare i read of one that is found? Perhaps its time owners petitioned Dealers and Manufacturers to make them more difficult to steal? before people stop buying them? And Insurance will rocket?
     
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    The criminals have it sussed, pre-book a crossing on the ferry with a genuine number plate. Steal your choice of van, switch plates after leaving it locked up and watched to ensure that it has no tracker. Then simply drive to the port safe in the knowledge that even the most switched on policeman will not even notice as the plates are genuine. When it reaches it's new home and gets it's identity changed, often in Ireland it then gets sold and maybe even returned to the uk
     
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    Mr TheBig1 seems to know a great deal about the methods used by these criminals...

    Hmmmmmmmm... :whistle:

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    JJ :cool:
     
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    There is only one market for RHD vehicles....

    Motorhomes are basically low mileage pick up trucks - horrible as it sounds to motorhome owners these vehicles are a valuable source of spares or a base vehicle

    To a criminal it must seem an attractive proposition - a few hours 'work' for thousands in untraceable 'booty'....without a care for the original value of the MH

    Just my thoughts....
     
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    I thought that,far too knowledgable! I’ve spoken to Hercule Poirot and he says that makes him a prime suspect. But don’t tell anyone just yet,he may give us more clues......(y);)
     
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    wasn't it you that said "wears the soap?" :whistle:
     
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    I think it was the nun that said that...

    Old Mo joke...
     
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    a friend of mine is a master locksmith and the processes used and frequent destinations are well known in the trade.. The guarda in southern ireland have supposedly been told to turn a blind eye to the flow of vehicles into particular rural areas. But there is no proof, only undercover investigations that have followed stolen vehicles to the same places. It's either to hide where the money flowing in comes from or the paramilitary organised criminal gangs they are scared of

    at least knowing their tactics has helped recover several vans
     
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    The Ford transit ones I'm convinced are stolen for the chassis cab or low mileage engine. I've seen a few posts on Facebook where they have found motorhome bodies up on bricks in yards and the chassis cab gone.

    I don't think many would be shipped abroad unless they are being converted to lhd as few countries would take them.

    There's also the itinerants who seem to be moving from caravans in to motorhomes
     
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    There is a country that still drives on the right - Ireland...

    I watched a 'Police Interceptors' show - the Transit van's VIN no. didn't match the reg no...

    .....'No action taken"
     
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    (y)

    :doh::doh::doh:
     
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    So, would this mean that A-class Motorhomes are less likely to get stolen...?
     
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    Makes sense........(y)

    Unless the vehicle is stolen for 'export'.....;)
     
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    Have to admit if you look at the constant stream of stolen vans on Facebook most are coachbuilt
     
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    And 99% are fords
     
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    3.14 lock operators are definitely switching to MoHos!! (I had an "altercation" with some in France last year) they had RHD British MoHos with GB stickers but were all Irish!!

    Sez it all really!! :cautious:
     
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    They would have GB stickers if from Northern Ireland.
     
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    why I don't watch the stuff.
     
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