Originally Posted by MNtraveler
For what it's worth... Maybe not much but it didn't cost anything.
I'm actually interested in this for $8 + S&H. They say the batteries would last a few weeks of full time use (while away), but then they have to be replaced. Longer lasting when used now and then when just away from the RV for periods of time.
RED Flashing LED Auto Theft Deterrent - Fake Car Alarm System Flasher - Battery operated by 2 AAA - On/Off switch - Available in 6 color choices - 2 Window Warning Decals https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LCBIJYK..._ctTQwbAY4SFNW
Land of 10,000 Lakes
2016 Forester MBS 2401R
I will speak with 27+ years experience on this one. This will not deter a thief. The reasoning: This is a multi-thousand dollar RV. Wires hanging out from under a towel would not prevent a thief from making entry. In-dash head units are installed using wiring harnesses and not loose 24 ga. wire ends. The cable connector device is household and is hanging out of a dash vent. The head unit is covered, so is one really hiding the fact that something worth taking is still there? Had it truly been removed, why cover the fact? The note on the side window would only make a thief curious enough to look inside. Personally, were I a thief, I would accept it as a challenge. Am I correct?
As for the flashing dash light and window warning decals, thieves are pretty knowledgeable as to fake vs real. It's their business to know-the difference between livelihood and jail time.
My very strong suggestion, is to look into a usable/functional deterrent system. I say usable because it has to be dependable and easy to activate/deactivate. If it is funky, you won't use it. If it is not engaged each time you leave the unit, you are taking a gamble that this was not the time. I believe there are also tracking chips that can be installed on computers and other electronics. If stolen, it can be traced to its present location. There may be an insurance discount so you may want to contact your provider and see what they suggest.
PS: The experience comes from years of successful investigations of organized auto theft operations (including RVs), cut shops, fencing operations and running store front stings.