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Old 12-29-2013, 11:46 AM   #1
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Are you advertising to others that your not home?

Just something to think about. It's nothing new, but maybe over looked by many. This maybe a good time to plan ahead for that next RV season.

We have been in our current house for the last 12 years and during most of this time there has been an RV of some sort in the driveway. Well a few months ago we sold our diesel pusher and had a new Wildcat 5th wheel delivered. It was promptly parked in place of the past pusher coach. After being parked in place for about 2 weeks I needed to hitch up and go get the TX state inspection taken care of, so away I went. When I got back to the house I parked the trailer and truck in the circular part of the driveway where it remained until the next day. I was going to take the Wildcat into a local dealer for some warranty issues.

Just before heading out to the dealership I went to check the porch to see if UPS may have made an expected delivery. No package but there was a FedEx Door Tag hanging dead center on the door. The door tag caught me off guard as I was not expecting anything from FedEx that would require a signature. After checking the door tag close I noticed that there was no information filled out, it was a totally blank FE Door Tag. So I called FedEx to see what I could find out.....surprise FedEx had no information on file that matched that tag number. They asked for my address and confirmed that I had a package due later in the afternoon from Amazon, but the computer showed nothing else.

Bing, Bing, Bing the bells in my head go off!!! My train of thought quickly went to, a Bad Guy driving by the house and seeing a RV hooked up and ready to leave. He sticks a FE door tag on the door to see if it gets removed over the next day or so to see if anyone is home. If the tag were to stay, the house would look to be easy pickings.

Now I live in a nice quite little town, but out away from near/close neighbors. Our police department will upon notification of being asked will drive by and walk the perimeter of the house checking doors and windows at a minimum of 3 times a day. But, I know that not everyone has this benefit. So the point I am making is, now maybe the time to remember that as the exterior of your property changes such as the RV is loaded, moved or even aired out. You may be advertising to others that you are planning to be out of the house for awhile. To which they may also be taking as an invitation to move in and personal items move out.

If you not friendly with your neighbors maybe it is time to go knock on their door and become true neighbors who watch out for one another.

If your going to be gone for the month of July in your RV, it maybe worth paying for off sight storage for the month or weeks ahead of your trip.

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Old 12-29-2013, 11:57 AM   #2
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Now would be the time to install a good alarm system. With the cost of video systems getting lower in cost you could also install a system. Both items will not stop a person from entering your home but it will discourage some people.
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Old 12-29-2013, 12:38 PM   #3
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That's why I have a PO Box. No tags hang on my door. I even put a sign on my front door to say, "don't hang any tags." An Avon rep ignored my sign, I called the rep up and screamed at them for that. I also wrote nasty letters to the Avon company and told them to cease and desist that practice.

Some people still assume the 1950's thing of "the little wife is at home all day." Or that everyone that owns a house is married.
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Old 12-29-2013, 01:26 PM   #4
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That's why I have a PO Box. No tags hang on my door. I even put a sign on my front door to say, "don't hang any tags." An Avon rep ignored my sign, I called the rep up and screamed at them for that. I also wrote nasty letters to the Avon company and told them to cease and desist that practice.

Some people still assume the 1950's thing of "the little wife is at home all day." Or that everyone that owns a house is married.
In todays Society I don't assume anything anymore. Being Politically Correct is too difficult now days!!!!
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Old 12-29-2013, 03:49 PM   #5
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Our motorhome has to live in storage when we are not on the road. The only time a criminal could use it as an indicator is when he happens to drive by during the days we are preparing for a trip, then sees it is gone later.

Luckily, we have great neighbors. My next door neighbor parks his truck in my carport when we are gone, collects the mail, and keeps an eye out for packages. Of course, I do the same for him.
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Old 12-29-2013, 03:55 PM   #6
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We have an alarm and that's about the best we can do right now.
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Old 12-29-2013, 04:20 PM   #7
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Thanks for the advice!
We live in an average neighborhood by the looks of it. However, I can throw a rock and hit a retired detective's house, a retired police chief's house or 2 active police officer's houses.
We also have great neighbors!
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Old 12-29-2013, 04:53 PM   #8
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The sad part about all this is that we actually have to worry about people entering our home. What ever happened to if it is not yours stay away or suffer the consequences for your actions was all it took to keep people out of your home.
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We live in a small town as well, outside the city limits. Yes, we considered the "ahah the RV is gone, they're not home" situation.

1. We have a very good burglar alarm.
2. We have a surveillance system.
3. When we're gone camping our neighbors' kids come over and feed/water our chickens, water the plants in the summer time, etc.
4. Sometimes the RV is gone and we're *here*....when it's in for service for example.
5. I'm friends with our mail carrier. He'd alert me in a nano-second of something out of place.
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Old 12-29-2013, 05:04 PM   #10
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One problem with the door tag is that Fed Ex now leaves a door tag even when the parcel *is* delivered. I've seen them hanging on mailboxes even.

I think they do this in case your parcel is stolen.

I'm not crazy about that new policy.
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