Keeping stuff safe
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Feb 3, 2013 1:56 PM Last Post By: yomenendez
Jan 21, 2013 11:07 AM
Keeping stuff safeMy beau is convinced that is is not a good idea to stop and hike or visit and leave our stuff in the trunk of our rental (he has had everything stolen once and have friends that it's happened to twice in spain and France). Wants to go from hotel to hotel, then visit. But this is a road trip. Any comforting words out there for him. we are experienced travellers but i guess the older you get the less risks you like.
Jan 21, 2013 11:33 AM
1I can only say that i never had a car broken into, one thing i would do is make sure rental does not have outward signs of being a rental, two obvious ones are car hire company sticker and outside of fuel tank the sticker stating which type of fuel, just peel them both off. Apparently car is more likely to be robbed if thieves know it is a rental.
Jan 21, 2013 11:44 AM
Jan 21, 2013 12:03 PM
Jan 21, 2013 1:10 PM
4Another tip: If you need to keep stuff in your trunk make sure it is put well away before you get to the parking lot. That way, nobody can see you're putting things away that might be worth stealing. And of course: Make sure that nobody can see from the outside that something is in the car. For instance, hire a car with a closed trunk.
Also, in general, only take those valuable items with you on holiday that you need. Normally, this would be the items that you carry with you when you go hiking, such as a mobile phone and photo / video camera. If you need to bring for instance a laptop with you, consider buying one that is very small (or a tablet) that you can even take with you in a small backpack. Even if your suitcase gets stolen from the car, in this case you would only lose a suitcase and some clothes. Annoying and it will cost you a lot of time but it is not the end of the world.
I guess there's always a risk of getting your belongings stolen when you're not close to them. Although I do have heard of one car that was broken into on a parking lot when hiking (not helping, I know) I heard more stories of (most likely) hotel personnel stealing shoes, underwear and electrical devices from hotel rooms.
Jan 21, 2013 1:12 PM
5OP - must be bad luck to have a car broken in to. Four years ago I leased a car from Paris and drove throughout W Europe for about 3 months. The special red number plate on the leased car must be like red flag to a bull but alas, we never had any problems with theft etc.
I think your other half is too much of a worry wart.
Jan 21, 2013 1:26 PM
6So, you want your beau to do the exact same thing that once resulted in everything being stolen from him?
I don't think you're going to win this one.
Frankly, a trailhead sounds like a good hunting ground for opportunistic thieves.
Though if you like, you could always keep your things in the trunk while he lugs his into the hotel.
My comforting words would be something about understanding how once bitten, twice shy. Or maybe something about an ounce of prevention...
One more thing: can you imagine the scene if you talk your beau into leaving all his things in the trunk and something happens to the things in the trunk--again?
Jan 21, 2013 1:30 PM
Jan 22, 2013 2:37 AM
8"I believe that in spain the plates show that it is a rental-no choice! "
No but it is easy to tell a rental . Some have a small advertising plate stick to the rear window. Some have small bar codes and others will have the type of fuel the car needs on the filler cap. Private cars do not have any of these.
Most underground parking facilities have CCTV. So use them. Do not park in neighborhoods.
Jan 22, 2013 2:47 AM
Myself & friends have driven from Ireland to Spain a couple of times to go to music festivals/camping etc., leaving our valuables in our car, thankfully never had any problems but the car is alarmed, carparks were quite secure & we tried not to bring much in the way of valuables. I would suggest a) checking with the rental company to make sure the car is fitted with an alarm (most only have immobilisers) or b) leaving any valuables somewhere like a train/bus station storage locker which are normally monitored by cctv. c) if staying in accommodation at some point, ask if they'd mind holding your bags for a day or two while you go off on your adventures!
Hope this helps.
Jan 22, 2013 4:15 AM
Jan 22, 2013 4:58 AM
11Well you all have good points, I guess we will have to find our destination hotel and unpack. Funny, I always thought the US would be unsafe but we travel there a mlot with a littlish RV and leave everything in it, everywhere. campgrounds, city parking lots, trailheads. In the end staying in a place longer will be easier on the unpacking and packing and we will spend less time looking for places to stay.
Jan 23, 2013 3:31 PM
12Never underestimate car break-in thieves in Spain!
A friend had their VW van completely stripped of everything, including clothing, while it was parked in plain sight and locked up tight in a lit, guarded, enclosed parking structure in Barcelona.
A good rule of thumb is --- never leave anything in view in a parked car anywhere in Spain for any length of time. And I would never put anything particularly valuable out of view in a locked car.
Feb 3, 2013 1:56 PM
13Whether or not the car is a rental it is important to make sure there are no signs that
it is a tourist car...
I always buy the local newapapers and national magazines and let them be seen in the
passenger cabin...this might make a possible intruder think twice....
"A local or a tourist?"
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