Originally Posted by spartacus
I've watched CCTV footage of a caravan being stolen before and it just makes me angry. These guys are completely brazen. They have the van (pikey bast*ards), angle-grinders, bolt cutters, the works. If they're nicking large engines, then they're suitably tooled up for the job and have recce'd the area where they can spend 20 minutes or less removing your pride and joy.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. It's about time all outboards engines and boats were registered with a central agency, so that enyone purchasing a bit of kit would have the reassurance that it's legitimate. Surely this could be funded through our insurance premiums? A tracking device is also a worthwhile investment.
You'd be amazed where these people can get to. We had a situation at work where there was Intelligence that there were 2 vans belonging to members of the "Travelling Community" in the area and the Registration Marks of the vehicles, along with make model and colour was given to Security and placed on a clipboard in the lodge along with instructions to not let the vans in, but to phone the Police. During the course of the night, two vans turned up at said lodge.
Security Guard: "Where are you going mate?"
"Traveller": "S***l mate."
Guard: "Okay, in you go."
"Traveller": "He's with me." (Points to van behind)
The next day it was discovered that a number of lengths of copper cable had gone missing, cut off some generators. Scrap value, about £50 the lot. Replacement cost, £3,000. If you knew where they'd got into you'd only ever go on holiday by road or boat.
A very large part of the crime problem in this country is caused by Political decisions. For instance, I locked up two blokes for theft. I can't tell you where this happened, but security is a major issue at this and other similar locations. They'd stolen a quantity of alcohol, in effect, shop lifting. However, because of the CRB checks that are carried out on people who work at this location this kind of offence, if convicted in a Court, they would never be able to work in a similar place again. However, despite the Super pushing for a Court hearing, it's quite possible the CPS will recommend they are issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice, which may well not show up on a CRB check
As for a Tracker, I'd have thought this would be a very good idea, but you would have to know the thing had been stolen in the first place. The Tracker will only be activated if you tell the company it's been nicked. If you don't realise for a week or more, it may well be out of the Country before you can set about locating it.
If I remember rightly, Clarkson's Ford GT had a problem with its security system in as much as he kept getting phone calls to tell him his car had been stolen; while he was driving it! Annoying perhaps, but not half as annoying as being phoned with the correct information that your car had indeed been stolen.