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To want my property left alone

(18 Posts)
grannyactivist Thu 15-Sep-11 23:59:52

number I sympathise - there is a lot of good advice here already, but if thieves are determined then they'll probably come back. It does sound more like a targeted crime than an opportunistic one, as they obviously brought something to cut the chain with. Contact your local crime prevention officer and ask for some advice would be my suggestion.

On a slightly funnier note, some years ago my husband was working on our car attempting (unsuccessfully) to fix a problem. He left it overnight and awoke the following morning to find it missing from in front of the house. How we laughed when we found it just around the corner - which is obviously as far as they'd managed to get before it conked out again. (Last laugh was on us though as eventually it was stolen from the city centre one day.)

gotthetshirt Thu 15-Sep-11 22:43:43

We had our ride-on lawn mower stolen from our barn in the middle of the night a few years ago. My husband was livid! Since then he has made the place like fort knox, to the point where even I struggle to get in sometimes!

glassortwo Thu 15-Sep-11 22:38:25

Sorry my posting was a bit abrupt earlier but was running out to work, hope you got sorted out number

glammanana Thu 15-Sep-11 22:16:32

numberplease DH suggested painting part of the trailer with smartpaint then at least if anyone tried again they would be in a right old mess and you would know who it was,why can't people leave other people's property alone it is the lowest of the low to steal from anyone specially neighbour's,and it has obviously been done by someone nearby by the sound's of thing's.

goldengirl Thu 15-Sep-11 22:08:36

We've been burgled before now and it's a horrid feeling. We found some of the items dumped down the road and I wasn't sure whether to feel pleased that we got them back or upset that they didn't think they were worth pinching after all hmm

numberplease Thu 15-Sep-11 21:56:48

My husband, mustn`t say hubby anymore, doesn`t want a security light, doesn`t like them, but we sleep round the front, so wouldn`t see if it came on anyway. And large, hungry dog is definitely not an option! The thing is, that trailer`s been chained up in the self same place for 12 years, and now someone decides to nick it.

glammanana Thu 15-Sep-11 21:45:26

Is there any chance you can get a security light fitted in the yard that come's on automatically if anyone come's into the yard they are available from B&Q and are not expensive,or put a large hungry dog to sleep in the trailer and you won't have the problem again.

numberplease Thu 15-Sep-11 20:41:33

He says he`ll take the wheels off at the weekend, at the moment he`s doubled the thickness of the chain that it`s padlocked up with, so, fingers crossed!
As for caravans, we`re scuppered if ours gets stolen, because a few years ago he cancelled the insurance on it, says the van isn`t worth it, but even though it`s an old van, it`s worth something to us (me) also there`s a good few quids worth of stuff inside it as well.

Nanban Thu 15-Sep-11 19:11:29

Our city neighbours spotted our caravan being driven out of our drive at high speed one sunny afternoon - Oh, they've sold their caravan, they thought. No, it was being stolen but actually we were no end pleased because the insurance paid us back far more than we were trying to sell it.

In your case, firstly, kick the husband. How could he leave it all to you, what are men for I ask? Then, mine own, removes one of the trailer wheels until we need to use it. Forget spending out on clamps, CCTV and everything else. If you take the wheel off, it aint going anywhere.

harrigran Thu 15-Sep-11 18:40:52

Probably number because I am having a company fit it when they wire up my new extension to the rest of the house. You can of course just go to B&Q or Argos and buy the equipment if you are a confident D-I-Y er. Your thieves are just plain sick, it must be odvious what they are stealing.

numberplease Thu 15-Sep-11 18:20:14

Is that expensive, Harrigran?

harrigran Thu 15-Sep-11 18:14:54

I am so sick of people stealing anything and everything that I am having CCTV installed to monitor the area surrounding the house.

numberplease Thu 15-Sep-11 17:45:34

Lucid, we do have a wheel clamp on the caravan where it`s in storage, it may be a good idea to try it, but then again, according to caravan magazines, caravan thieves seem to find them fairly easy to remove. Hubby says he`ll take the wheels off at the weekend.

lucid Thu 15-Sep-11 17:36:08

Hi numberplease - how awful for you. I don't know if they would fit but you can buy a wheel clamp for a caravan from any good camping/caravan suppliers. They cost about £40 but would at least make the trailer safe. In the short term I think glass's advice is good.

numberplease Thu 15-Sep-11 17:00:36

It is back in the yard, Greenmossgiel, the problem is how to secure it, they`ve cut through one good thick chain, so they can cut through another. Glassortwo`s idea could be a short term solution. We had the garage broken into in the early 90s and my son`s new mountain bike stolen, plus one of hubby`s fishing reels, and it was about 10-15 years before I stopped getting up in the night to look out of the windows, now I`ll probably start again.

greenmossgiel Thu 15-Sep-11 16:20:20

That's such a shame, numberplease. It's unnerving when you think of someone coming on to your property and taking things away. I hope you can get it back along to your back yard and secured ok. Is there anyone in your family that can help you to do this?

glassortwo Thu 15-Sep-11 16:16:10

In the short term if nothing else let the other tyre (dont know how many tyres it has) down and it cant be moved, you may have to purchase an electric pump(you can get some cheap cigarette lighter types) to re inflate but easier than DD been without her trailer. Sorry probably not much help. sad

numberplease Thu 15-Sep-11 15:55:29

Last night I went up to bed at 0.45am, went into the back bedroom to open the curtains which hubby had left closed earlier. I was turning away from the window when I realised that something wasn`t right. On looking out again, I realised that the trailer was missing, it`s always chained up and padlocked, but it was gone. The wheelie bin had been moved out of the yard as well and left in the alley, to fascillitate easier removal of the trailer, obviously. Actually, it isn`t ours, it belongs to our daughter, specially made for transporting her mobility scooter, as it has a strong ramp on the back. I woke hubby up to tell him, he went to look out the window,...........then got back into bed, saying that nothing could be done about it, and I didn`t particularly want him wandering the streets late at night anyway, as there was a murder in town a few days ago, and the named wanted man is still at large.
This morning I got up just before 6, just as it was coming light, and went out in my nightie and dressing gown to look along the alley at the back of our row of houses, and found it abandoned halfway along, probably because it has a flat tyre and was hard to pull along, it is a very heavy trailer. We now have to secure it again before tonight, but how? They cut through the fairly thick chain that it was padlocked up with.