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PostWed Apr 03, 2019 4:52 pm 
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The WTA has a multi-day work party there at the end of the month. That would be a bummer to be out there volunteering and come back to a trashed car.  mad.gif

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PostWed Apr 03, 2019 6:18 pm 
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neek wrote:
Hope police are taking this seriously

Police dont care about property crimes anymore.

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PostThu Apr 04, 2019 1:11 pm 
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Unless someone else drives, than I am done with Wahington State. You know check that. Even if someone else drives. Easy pickings at the trailheads. Maybe a fund could be collected to pay for Trailhead Security?
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PostFri Apr 05, 2019 8:12 pm 
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D. Inscho wrote:
I have a strategy that minimizes losses: nothing of value inside; removed stereo face plate; all hiding areas open and revealed; doors unlocked for inspection; leave less than 1/4 tank gas; club across steering wheel; battery chained to the chassis AND hood cable-locked down.

I employ a different strategy. I try to make my vehicle look like a "bait car." I leave three or so (old) credit cards on the passenger seat in plain view (but overlapping so you couldn't just take a pic for the numbers), an (old) iPhone placed prominently on the center console, and a leather wallet (with a couple bills peeking out) sitting up high in the cupholder. I also have a small loop of wires hanging down from behind the rearview mirror, attached to what looks like a small "spy" camera. Sometimes I will even leave a set of car keys on the driver's seat.

In essence, making everything so obvious (indeed, too obvious) that any reasonable ne'er-do-well will sense a trap and move on.
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PostFri Apr 05, 2019 9:49 pm 
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I leave used condoms strewn about the inside of my car.  A muddy diaper too.  Who would have thought thieves would be such neat freaks?
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PostFri Apr 05, 2019 11:13 pm 
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Backpacker Joe wrote:
neek wrote:
Hope police are taking this seriously

Police dont care about property crimes anymore.

Nope.

But they will knock on your door at 3am, causing your dogs to freak out and scare the sh## out of you, just to tell you that your car window got busted out.

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PostSat Apr 06, 2019 8:41 am 
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Cyclopath wrote:
I leave used condoms strewn about the inside of my car.  A muddy diaper too.  Who would have thought thieves would be such neat freaks?

But in Seattle that's like asking them to break into your car.
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PostSat Apr 06, 2019 9:56 am 
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Used to put NRA and USMC stickers on my cars to avoid thefts, then someone opined that thieves would break in hoping to get the tool that cannot be mentioned guns.gif

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PostSat Apr 06, 2019 11:04 am 
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Malachai Constant wrote:
Used to put NRA and USMC stickers on my cars to avoid thefts, then someone opined that thieves would break in hoping to get the tool that cannot be mentioned guns.gif

That was my idea also, and I came to the same conclusion.....rats!

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PostSat Apr 06, 2019 11:48 am 
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Looks like thieves hit the Quinault area also: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/trip-reports/trip_report.2019-04-05.3785061697

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PostSat Apr 06, 2019 3:37 pm 
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I usually put up a trail cam facing the car if Im going to be gone more than a day hike.  Doesnt stop anything, but you get a good look at the A**holes breaking the law.

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PostSat Apr 06, 2019 7:09 pm 
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BJ is on to something. Staging a trail cam facing your car would provide useful information.

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PostSun Apr 07, 2019 2:19 pm 
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Waterman

This is a copy of the note I put on my dashboard when you and I backpacked together in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness...


I have 2 BUSHNELL 8MP Trail cameras that are, & have been taking photos of you and your vehicle license plates.

If you are an honest person,  just smile, however, if you are a car break-in-thief, you may want to get your affairs in order before you go to jail.

Enjoy your stay, but be good. Because any vandalism or theft is being recorded.

Have a nice day.
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PostSun Apr 07, 2019 2:27 pm 
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FYI:

I have since upgraded to 'COVERT"s" MP8 Black.

The (Black) refers to the fact there is no (red) (flash) during night or low light  conditions while the photos are being taken.

You can be looking directly at these cameras and you'll never know your being filmed... most trail cams emit a (red) flash, this model does not.

It records date, time temp etc...

PS:
I have not ever been broken into... Knock on wood.

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PostFri Apr 19, 2019 12:47 pm 
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That trail cam idea has crossed my mind also BPJ. Have you ever recorded vandalism of your vehicle or those nearby?
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