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Edd505

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Posted: 03/30/21 07:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Small town? I just did a VA survey that classified my town, 1200-1500, as rural/frontier. [image]


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Edd505 wrote:

Small town? I just did a VA survey that classified my town, 1200-1500, as rural/frontier. [image]


I lived in San Diego for 50 years {except the 3 I gave the Army, 69 - 72} and then retired to Tucson for the last 14+ years. Yep, Payson is small town to me. The local joke is that no matter where you are in town you can drive in any direction and after 2 miles you are not in Payson any more. Works for me.

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Posted: 03/31/21 05:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Maybe buy him a hitch lock.


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Yeah, don't be sharing information about neighbors. I also learned to take out my phone and take pictures of vehicles and drivers/people in them when they are going around trying to sealcoat your driveway or sell anything or other gypsy BS scams. I don't care if it's not polite, they leave pretty quick when the camera comes out. Never believe BS lost dog stories or other garbage from strangers.

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trailernovice wrote:

I am curious: What's the point? is there truly a market for used/stolen travel trailers?

Some people steal just to steal. I remember about 15 years ago the big thing in my area was robbing people of their cell phones. There is zero market for a stolen cell phone, because the victim can report the theft and the carrier can remotely disable the phone. That didn't matter, criminals gotta criminal. They'd steal them for sport.

An RV... if you have a piece of land and want a semi permanent trailer, why not steal one. Steal it, drive it 30 miles away (before the owner knows its stolen) and park it on your land and remove the tag (because its "permanent" now). The odds that a cop will take notice of it and have a legal reason to get close enough to verify the VIN are ridiculously low. When the trailer gets too decrepit, haul it out and dump it a couple miles away and steal another.

I'm guessing it doesn't happen often, but it could. More likely is stealing items of value from inside (battery, fridge, AC, heater, fuel, tv, radio, etc) and selling those items.

As many have mentioned, meth lab.

Or, just criminals being criminals. Joy rides and what not. I've been a cop for 19+ years... I don't think I've ever run the tags of a single RV. Very few stolen in my area, so I don't even think about it.


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spoon059 wrote:

trailernovice wrote:

I am curious: What's the point? is there truly a market for used/stolen travel trailers?

Some people steal just to steal. I remember about 15 years ago the big thing in my area was robbing people of their cell phones. There is zero market for a stolen cell phone, because the victim can report the theft and the carrier can remotely disable the phone. That didn't matter, criminals gotta criminal. They'd steal them for sport.


Pretty sure you can pull the SIM card, wipe the phone, and then it's useable.


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Good response spoon.
Thanks to DC for sharing.


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Oh, and lol to whomever thinks RV thefts are predominantly for joy rides!

That’s the “here’s your sign” post of the week!

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Grit dog wrote:

Oh, and lol to whomever thinks RV thefts are predominantly for joy rides!

That’s the “here’s your sign” post of the week!


That's not what I said. I used the term "joy ride" to designate the level of thief. Most RV thieves are opportunists who come across an easy mark and steal. Just like most joy rides are opportunistic - they see the keys and the car and they go for it. The ride ends when they run out of fuel, or crash into something, then they grab what they can and take off.


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Jarlaxle wrote:

Pretty sure you can pull the SIM card, wipe the phone, and then it's useable.

No, most manufacturers can flag the IMEI so that it is essentially a brick.

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