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Old 03-02-2015, 12:58 PM   #21
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I was always told to pet your imaginary cat and talk to the ceiling. LOL

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Old 03-02-2015, 03:17 PM   #22
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After reading this, we picked up a pie iron at Menards for $9.99 yesterday. It's a heavy one.
Awesome! And you can't cook a tasty treat with a 9mm

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Old 03-02-2015, 04:12 PM   #23
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Had a pickup stolen at a hotel one night a few years ago. The police officer said it took them about 12 seconds longer to steel it with a screwdriver and a pair of large channel locks than if I had just given them the keys.

You or your possessions are not safe at any given time from a thief. Your only ability is to discourage them more than they want to be. I carry 1 to 4 different firearms at all times to help dissuade the poor souls.
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Old 03-02-2015, 04:34 PM   #24
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I completely agree with many of the sentiments expressed in this discussion, and I believe you can only be so safe, but nothing is perfect. Namely that locks keep honest people honest, I will do whatever it takes to protect my family from harm and will insure my possessions, and I will try to be as hard a target as I can be. That means not being the "easy money". I live in a constant state of yellow with my head on a swivel. I lock it up or hide it and try to ensure the bad guy picks an easier target. I will notice a threatening person and acknowledge that I see him/her, and make sure they see me noticing them (smile, wave and say "hi"). If he decides to enter a domicile that I inhabit, he had better have made peace with his maker, because I've already made peace with sending him there by whatever means necessary. If he wants my possessions and has not or does not pose a threat to me or my family, he can have them, but I'm not going to make it easy for him. That's what I have insurance for.

Of course, at the base of things is to not get yourself into a vulnerable situation to start with.

All that being said, I've never felt threatened while camping, at least not by other humans

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Old 03-02-2015, 04:37 PM   #25
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Firearms alone, however, are not a deterrent; unless of course they are in plain view. The question is, how do you subtly deter someone from messing with your RV without brandishing a firearm for everyone to see?
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Old 03-02-2015, 04:41 PM   #26
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...And I hope to get one of these to better secure the front door when I leave my trailer:

HAVEN: The Stronger Smarter Home Lock - HOME
Unless your door swings in, that will not work for you.
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Old 03-02-2015, 04:45 PM   #27
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Good catch. I don't know why I didn't think of that. Darn. Thought it was clever.
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Old 03-02-2015, 05:34 PM   #28
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we liked camping in the secluded areas of the campgrounds and tell 1994 when we got broken into at East glacier national Park punk teenage kids knifed open our popup and tried stealing our truck with a can of apple pie filling for the pie irons. They didn't steal much but caused a lot of damage it makes you really look twice at which campsite you take and who is camping next to you.
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Old 03-02-2015, 06:04 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by Todd Klassy View Post
Funny. When I moved to Chicago many years ago after having spent most of my life on the farm and in a small town one of my co-workers gave me some advice.

"If you ever feel cornered and threatened, act like a crazy person. Foam from the mouth, talk in gibberish, do whatever it is you have to do to convince the other person you are crazy. Everyone fears crazy people."
I have also heard that, if you want to bring the neighbors running, do not yell, "Help!" Instead, scream, "Fire!" People will run to see a fire much quicker than they will go to help.

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Old 03-02-2015, 06:57 PM   #30
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That is the point how to keep you and your family and your camper safe without using a firearm. I was at a campground in 2008 it was next to a public playground, park. It had an access way to it from the campground. We book long weekends Friday to Tues or weds. Well anyway we were in the back and the campground was booked until that Monday , and I watched the campground empty out everyone one around us had left including the seasonal. Its quiet then. Well Monday night my wife and I noticed how dark it was with all the campers gone. Did not think much of it. We went to bed during the night we woke to yelling and screaming outside and people running around our camper slapping the walls and knocking over some of our stuff. I yelled , who ever is out there I am warning you now I am armed and if you don't leave or try to make entry to my camper and try to harm us I will shoot you. The slap pig on the side continued with yelling and laughing. I informed then next I called the police. They started to shake the camper. Well that was it I yelled you better listen to this and I racked the shotgun, not loaded yet, but ready. The shaking stopped it was quiet after that. My wife was nervous the rest of the night, I kept the rifle next to the bed. We notified the campground in the morning after surveying what damage they done. Broken BBQ, table lights and all my candles thrown all over. I was very grate full at the time they did not touch my truck. The campground called the police and a report was taken. The fence was closed off to the park and they paid for our stay. The police asked if we wanted to press charges if they could find them. There were partial prints on our windows. My wife and I were let's just let it go , hopefully we scared them enough with the racking of rifle. We all feel it was teenagers being stupid.


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