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post #1 of 12 Old 08-28-2010, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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I'm totally speechless....

I went out to Indy's today to drop off some DVD's and to visit the horses. While I was there, Indy came out and told me of something suspicious that had happened this morning.

Indy lives right on a major highway and has a horseshoe shaped drive. The house is on one side, the barn & trailer on the other. A black van pulled in this morning with 2 gentlemen in it. They stopped by the trailer for a few minutes (can't remember if she said they got out or not) and then pulled to the house where they asked her if she had pigeons for sale. She told them no. Then they asked if she had goats for sale. She again said no. Finally they asked her if she would sell her chickens! She told them no AGAIN and they finally left.

She and I both feel that they were scoping the trailer out. We've locked the hitch and all the doors on the trailer. I just don't know if there is anything else we can do to secure it.

I am just flabbergasted that within 2 days of me getting the trailer that this is happening! Granted, yes, they COULD have been there for other reasons but the area that we are in has it's fair share of thefts of this nature. I really don't know what to make of it. Posting "No Trespassing" signs does nothing in this area. Yes, I know I'm being paranoid but being that I'm still in that "buyers remorse" phase, this is really making me panic LOL.

Are there any other ways you would suggest to secure the trailer or deter this kind of activity? Like I said, I know this is just me being SUPER paranoid but I'd rather be safe than sorry!

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post #2 of 12 Old 08-28-2010, 11:22 PM
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Motion sensor lights, and big dogs on the property. Get a sign that says the premises are under surveillance.
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post #3 of 12 Old 08-28-2010, 11:22 PM
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Boy! That is some scary stuff! If the hitch is locked, there isnt much they can really do other than breaking that lock. You could try parking it where its not really in view of others. That gets to be a pain though. Do you have insurance if it would get stolen?
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-28-2010, 11:24 PM
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Sometimes even just hanging signs saying "Premisis Monitored by Video Surveillance" in a few key, viewable areas can deter would-be criminals.
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post #5 of 12 Old 08-28-2010, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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We are working on getting some more lighting out there. We have 5 Collies and 2 smaller dogs but they are inside at night. The unfortunate part of where we are located is that EVERYTHING is visible from the road. All areas that aren't visible are part of the pasture and there's no way we can put the trailer in there because the horses would be partying it up in there LOL!

Yes, it is insured but I do not have any registration documents from the BMV yet. I did everything today but all paperwork, etc is mailed to you from their Central Processing location in Indianapolis. All I have to show that it's mine is a receipt from the BMV. Well and my loan too!

I think motion lights are a great idea! I will talk with Indy and my ex to see about getting that done.

Thanks guys!

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post #6 of 12 Old 08-29-2010, 06:31 PM
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Jeez, that's really scary.
In my opinion, the best security system is a mean-looking guard dog roughly the size of a bear. You can't disarm a dog. And not many people would try to rob a property where there's known to be a dog like that. Watchdogs would be the next best thing. I know from experience that Collies generally love to bark at anything that moves. I don't think anyone could break a hitch lock without alerting your dogs.

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post #7 of 12 Old 08-29-2010, 06:36 PM
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Gates at both driveways with padlocks might not be too pricey.
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post #8 of 12 Old 08-29-2010, 06:49 PM
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Might be a good idea to look into getting a fake secruity camera, something similar to this:
I think they look really realistic and they aren't too pricey. If you can put one in an obvious spot pointing towards the trailer it might help to deter anyone from thinking about stealing anything from your property.
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post #9 of 12 Old 08-29-2010, 07:03 PM
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I would be very suspicious too. Geez.

Until the lights get put up, I would consider parking my vehicle (alarm set, as most come with them these days) right in front of it. Or, a board with nails on the driveway in front of it at night.....:)or some other "booby trap"....like cans attached to the back of it, but under so they won't see it, but the dogs would hear that for sure!
My BO has driveway alarms, which I don't think are too expensive, but when someone drives in it beeps in her house, just so she knows someone is there. She hides them in birdhouses on the fenceposts along the driveway.....
I do think a camera (real or fake) is a good idea...we have them on our house, and it does help. Everyone thinks we record, which we don't, but I'm not telling! There are also the motion sensor cameras, like people use in woods around here for deer-they take still pics when they detect something. They might be cheaper, and would give you a real picture, should something happen.
Good luck!

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post #10 of 12 Old 08-29-2010, 11:57 PM
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anyway you can move the trailer to chain it to a tree, telephone pole or other imovable object, plus the trailer ball lock? A nice heavy chain and padlock would at least be another obstacle they would have to saw or cut through, plus the ball lock would pretty much make it almost impossible to move without somebody hearing something.
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