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24/9/2023 at 2:01pm
 Location: Worcestershire
 Outfit: Buccaneer Cruiser
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Quote: Originally posted by Colin21 on 23/9/2023

Hardly worth it with the monetary value of my caravan, although I would still be sick as a pig if it went missing! I had another old one go missing back in the early 1990s and they didn't really want to know. All they did was give me a crime number.

As for duty of care, of course they do have one, but they still prioritise crimes against the person far more so than theft of property. They would simply claim lack of manpower, and they would probably be right. Unfortunately, although many might think the police would spring into action when something gets stolen, in reality that is rarely the case these days. They are just far too busy. Theft of personal property is very much a case of "when we get round to it", duty of care or not. And that comes straight from the horse's mouth.





No wonder the horse had to retire? I am also an ex-copper so have a vague idea of the restraints faced by the police force. If a major organisation notifies them of a theft, they do need to attend.


25/9/2023 at 9:00pm
 Location: East Herts
 Outfit: 1992 Elddis Wisp 450CT + X Trail
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Quote: Originally posted by iank01 on 24/9/2023
Quote: Originally posted by Colin21 on 23/9/2023

Hardly worth it with the monetary value of my caravan, although I would still be sick as a pig if it went missing! I had another old one go missing back in the early 1990s and they didn't really want to know. All they did was give me a crime number.

As for duty of care, of course they do have one, but they still prioritise crimes against the person far more so than theft of property. They would simply claim lack of manpower, and they would probably be right. Unfortunately, although many might think the police would spring into action when something gets stolen, in reality that is rarely the case these days. They are just far too busy. Theft of personal property is very much a case of "when we get round to it", duty of care or not. And that comes straight from the horse's mouth.





No wonder the horse had to retire? I am also an ex-copper so have a vague idea of the restraints faced by the police force. If a major organisation notifies them of a theft, they do need to attend.



I'm sure they will if they have the available manpower at the time, but property theft is still way down the list of priorities. In the last 40 years I have had one Sprite Musketeer caravan stolen from where we were living at the time, and a Mazda Bongo stolen from where we live now, and on neither occasion did the police show much interest. Nobody even came to visit me on either occasion. I was just given a crime number and told to contact my insurers. My police friends told me that is quite normal these days as they just don't have the manpower. They will always prioritise crimes against the person over theft of property. Someone having been stabbed vs someone's caravan getting nicked? No contest.


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Colin


26/9/2023 at 8:19am
 Location: Worcestershire
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Quote: Originally posted by Colin21 on 25/9/2023
I'm sure they will if they have the available manpower at the time, but property theft is still way down the list of priorities. In the last 40 years I have had one Sprite Musketeer caravan stolen from where we were living at the time, and a Mazda Bongo stolen from where we live now, and on neither occasion did the police show much interest. Nobody even came to visit me on either occasion. I was just given a crime number and told to contact my insurers. My police friends told me that is quite normal these days as they just don't have the manpower. They will always prioritise crimes against the person over theft of property. Someone having been stabbed vs someone's caravan getting nicked? No contest.




Did either of your stolen units have a tracker fitted?


26/9/2023 at 9:55am
 Location: East Herts
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Quote: Originally posted by iank01 on 26/9/2023
Quote: Originally posted by Colin21 on 25/9/2023
I'm sure they will if they have the available manpower at the time, but property theft is still way down the list of priorities. In the last 40 years I have had one Sprite Musketeer caravan stolen from where we were living at the time, and a Mazda Bongo stolen from where we live now, and on neither occasion did the police show much interest. Nobody even came to visit me on either occasion. I was just given a crime number and told to contact my insurers. My police friends told me that is quite normal these days as they just don't have the manpower. They will always prioritise crimes against the person over theft of property. Someone having been stabbed vs someone's caravan getting nicked? No contest.




Did either of your stolen units have a tracker fitted?



No, but the police didn't bother to ask. It did have an alarm and an immobiliser though, both of which they obviously disabled as it was stolen off my drive while I was at home. I never heard a thing. I am convinced the Bongo was stolen by organised crime, and I told the police that. It was like they came for it specifically, as nothing around it was touched. I found out through the owners club, of which I was a member, that a whole load of them were stolen within a 20 mile radius of us, all around the same time, and not a trace of any of them was ever found. Stolen and shipped abroad within 24 hours I suspect. As I remember it some of them did have trackers although mine didn't.



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Colin



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