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Message posted by clarzier on 08/1/2014 at 6:21pm
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Our 13 reg motorhome has been stolen overnight. We are gutted as you can imagine. The vehicle has a tracker on it but since the tracker was activated this morning we've heard nothing.
Does anyone have an experience in the process of having their motorhome stolen and what happens? how long does it take?
Thanks for any help

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Message posted by Hacksaw Bob on 08/1/2014 at 7:25pm
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No idea, sorry, but have you listed it on the Stolen Unit Database (link towards bottom of advice section).

Message posted by Jack+Jon on 08/1/2014 at 7:50pm
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Do you mean the tracker is working ok & police & tracker company know the whereabouts of your vehicle but will not give you any information? Its possible they are after an organized gang & there is a police operation ongoing at the moment.

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Message posted by stacetop on 08/1/2014 at 8:38pm
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I would chase the police up in case there is a problem with the tracker. It could also have been taken somewhere the tracker won't get signal.

Message posted by clarzier on 08/1/2014 at 8:52pm
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Yes I've added it to the database thanks.

The police have been again to say they've nothing to report at the moment and will get back to us as soon as possible. Its likely it's been taken out of the local area and the force that the area the vehicle is in, if located, will deal with it. I personally thought it would have been located by now it's been activated since 9.30am - we think it was stolen around 2-3am.
Thanks for your replies

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Sorry to hear about this. Did they break in to your house and steal the keys to take it?

Message posted by spartan3956 on 10/1/2014 at 10:50am
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I Had my Motor home stolen some years ago.
It has never been seen again.
So i know how you feel.

I had a few itinerant types offering to buy it and then it was stolen a coincidence MAY BE.
I took photo`s of the damage to gates getting the vehicle out and pictures of the vehicle and sent it off with the claims form.
I did get a good payout although i was interviewed over the phone re the theft by a solicitor,
It took approximately 2 months before they paid out i was pleased with the value they set.
I think it was in the region of 500 a year loss of value
but yours is a different claim with a nearly new van.
I worked out the contents of the vehicle was near to 1000.I claimed some back on my house insurance as personnel items less the excess of course
Every traffic car has multi aerials on the roof and when a tracker is activated they if nearby will pick up the signal and locate it,
If the vehicle is still in this country? many go abroad immediately.
I do hope you are lucky and get it back in one piece
My security on my other vans since the theft has been a bit over the top. but thats the way it makes you.

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Thank you spartan3956 its reassuring to know. I don't think you are being over the top on security. Its natural.

They didn't break into the house and get the keys which according to police is a blessing in disguise cos they are aware that the robbers will stop at nothing to get the keys and it could well have been a different outcome.

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fingers crossed you hear something,
whereabouts in the west midlands are you?

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Inbetween Dudley and Wolverhampton x

Message posted by Debbie9999 on 10/1/2014 at 3:38pm
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I was unlucky enough to have my first ever motorhome stolen many years ago, it wasn't flash or posh, and had to be nursed along (transit V4), but when I got it back, the engine was seized and the &*%$^&* who stole it had destroyed its interior. All I could do was scrap it. The money I got off the insurance company was pathetic because they only recognized the base van, so there was a valuable lesson learned. Make sure it is properly registered with the DVLA !

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Sorry to hear your bad news.
It would be helpful to us all to understand a bit more about this. Was it stolen from your drive or a yard?, how did they steal it or even start it without keys - were there signs of a breakdown truck being used? And why cant you follow the tracker yourself?
I realise that you are probably very upset now and that is why you cant really answer these questions but maybe someday?

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I can answer the questions.
The motorhome was on our drive, the keys were and still are in the house. There's no sign of a break in one the drive and I am in possession of both sets of keys. The tracker was part of the deal from the dealer when we bought the motorhome and is maintained by a company in middlesex maintain. They're paid a yearly subscription to maintain it for you. As you can appreciate we do not know how the thieves operated and stole the vehicle. The police say that we are very lucky as the thieves could possibly have turned violent if we had disturbed them.

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You have my sympathies Clarzier. I hope you get some better news soon.

I came home recently and disturbed burglars - fortunately they went out the back door as I came in the front. Having seen the damage they did to my door breaking in, I'm very glad I didn't get closer!

One of the first questions the police asked was, did they get any house or car keys. Luckily not in our case as the spares were not kept on site. But here's a warning to all
- keep your spare keys well secured. And don't store anything remotely valuable in the bottom of your wardrobe, under your bed, or the back of drawers, that's where they look first. Trust me!

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Every sympathy Clarzier, The sad fact is that when the police catch these xxxxxxx's, The ''sentencing guidelines''
mean they get a minimal sentence or a ''suspended'' sentence,which really means no sentence at all.

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Is there any news?

What type of base vehicle was it so we can be aware

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