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toedtoes

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Posted: 03/29/21 02:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, there is a market. Most stolen goods sell for a minimal amount. A $10K trailer can sell to a homeless person, meth addict, etc, for $100 and it's a profit for the thief.

With my motorhome, they used it as a base to sell the contents.


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Bizarre story, thanks for sharing.
Not sure how thieves have a chance today with most homeowners and businesses sporting security cameras.

I would suggest to your neighbor to also join the masses and install cameras.

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kellem wrote:

Bizarre story, thanks for sharing.
Not sure how thieves have a chance today with most homeowners and businesses sporting security cameras.

I would suggest to your neighbor to also join the masses and install cameras.


Security cameras don't prevent crime - they just hopefully provide proof to prosecute the criminals after the crime.

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First, being from the valley we always loved Payson as we drove through on our way to the Mogollon Rim and the glorious White Mountains of AZ. Last time we drove through it has grown so much, so many from PHX and Tucson have purchased getaway property that can sit unattended for months.

Having property out in the country (as we do) you actually need to be more active with deterrents, thieves are aware that it is easy pickings, all they have to do is drive around, pretty obvious to these lowlifes which properties appear unattended, glad you were watching out for your neighbors.

Never had anything burgled at our primary residences, we reside on an acre lot and I do watch for unusual activity, don't have a lot of traffic making it easy to notice vehicles that don't belong. Different story at our ranch, once past the gate thieves can get to our belongings unseen from road.

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We built our home in Payson in 2006. It is no longer the quiet, sleepy little town folks once imagined it to be. Too much infiltration from the Phoenix/Valley area now. Drugs and theft have been a big problem in Payson for many years, as any member of the PD will tell you.


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I think I will go look for a hitch lock right now. Not to much chance of mine disappearing out of my shed in my yard. But, I suppose if I take to the campground and leave it for a couple of days someone could notice I'm not there and tow it away. A hitch lock could slow them down some I suppose.

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Caveman, padlocking chains helps too.


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Don't count on a hitch lock for theft protection. Back in the day I repossessed a number of TT's and 5'vers with hitch locks in place. All it took to snag most of the TT's was to back up to them and hook up the safety chains before driving off. For 5'vers, we backed the extended wheel lift stinger up to the landing legs, wrapped around them, lift and go. The tougher ones were the trailers that had chains through wheels and wrapped around the frame or axles. Those required sticking wheel dollys under the tires. And before anyone asks, we were not allowed to damage any personal property such as cutting locks or chains. The bank or finance company was responsible for getting them removed. My suggestion for both TT's and 5'vers is a good quality chain and lock through the wheels and around the frame or axle. The typical crook won't be equipped to handle that. A hitch lock will stop the opportunists, but not the more determined crooks.

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Interesting point about the chain through the wheels. I might do that on one of my trailers. I have a hitch lock on the 5th wheel. Mostly to stop the opportunist. I think my house is fairly secure and with dogs and cameras, not much chance for someone to get in here, unless they know we are gone.

I have a place that I take my trailer for service. They make me remove all personal items, even the propane tanks. They have seen people take all kinds of things from their lot. Since the storage keys are mostly the same, it doesn't take much for someone to get in. Propane is used in making meth so those guys look for places to grab propane tanks.

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Thermoguy wrote:

Interesting point about the chain through the wheels. I might do that on one of my trailers. I have a hitch lock on the 5th wheel. Mostly to stop the opportunist. I think my house is fairly secure and with dogs and cameras, not much chance for someone to get in here, unless they know we are gone.

I have a place that I take my trailer for service. They make me remove all personal items, even the propane tanks. They have seen people take all kinds of things from their lot. Since the storage keys are mostly the same, it doesn't take much for someone to get in. Propane is used in making meth so those guys look for places to grab propane tanks.


Just to be clear, it isn't the propane the meth cooks are after, it's the cylinders. They use the cylinders to transport anhydrous ammonia used in meth production. If you spot a cylinder at a refillers or in an exchange rack with green corrosion around the brass valve, stay away from it.

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