I never left anything on top of my vehicles when staying in lodging
overnight, even though my first van had alarm sensors in the roof rack.
People will steal ANYTHING they can get their grubby hands on, even in
states like NM where citizens are authorized the use of deadly force to stop
thieves. One guy had his gear stolen from the roof of his car while he ate
at a restaurant in west TX, far away from any lake. I once saw a
nice-looking couple walking through a truck stop parking lot trying every
car-door-handle in sight as they passed by, not even caring that any car
owner could legally blow them away if they as much as opened a door. There
are far too many scum out there for me to leave anything under their noses.
Back when my boards were on top and I slept in motels rather than in my van
once or twice per year, I stripped the top each night and set the alarms.
Motel security once asked me to turn off the alarm after it went off twice
one night, but backed off after I accurately informed him that there were
two guys two feet from the vehicle both times (I didn't mention they were
probably just parking next to me). Other times I have silenced the deafening
alarm (sirens, horns, and air horns) but slept with my alarm pager beside my
bed. When renting car and gear in Maui I just stripped the car each night
and left the car windows open. PITA, but necessary in my book. Now when I
park any of my vehicles at a motel, I stay in the ground floor, park beside
my room window, and set the alarm.
Sorry if my paranoia keeps you awake all night on your trip. After 20 years
of alarms on all my vehicles, they've gone off for real only three times
that I KNOW of. One was a smash'n'grab burglary, the other two were car
doors smacking into mine.
To reply directly, remove the SpamDam.
> I've always just gone sailling for the day.
> I intend to have a long weekend staying in Hotels / Bed & Breakfast taking
> my equipment in your average car.
> I'm concerned about what to do with my equipment overnight, to prevent
> theft etc.
> Has anybody got any top tips ?
> Steve Joures.