BAJA THEFT ...... Is it back ?

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mhttp://www.ravelco.com/index.html Myself I realize I am going into a country with a good amount of less than middle class people if you will. We always go overboard with cable locks as well as a cable/chain through seat feame and steering wheel. I believe it was 2007 I came out to my drivers door wide open but truck was still there with steering wheel locked. Since then I've looked into Ravelco. Nothing will stop a thief but you can cut the temptation and possibly keep your ride with a couple more minutes of hauling your stuff to your room and keeping it out of site when looking into the vehicle. A padlock on the steering wheel kept my truck in its "guarded hotel parking lot" and I replaced my door lock at home.
And for those that did fall prey, man i'm truly sorry. thieves just suck.

I have had the Ravelco on my E-350 van for about 10 years now with no problems. It has never been tested by a theif yet but I feel better when I park it somewhere.
 

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I have had more cars and stuff stolen in USA than in Mexico and I have lived in Mexicali for 10 years. I had a chase truck full of stuff and no problem. Just need lock it up or take into the hotel. If we go to contingence then we leave someone to watch the truck. But yes if its not locked up or being watched can get stolen. But I also see on facebook lots of trailers, quads, dirtbikes, trucks posting rewards from being stolen in USA..
 

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When I was racing the Baja races I always stayed at the Corona hotel and seemed like a nice truck would get stolen from there almost every year at the 500 and 1000 or broken into. the truck right next to mine vanished in the time it took the guy to take his stuff to his room and walk back for more and not knowing I saw it drive off. There are some expert theifs on the prowl during the big races, raced quite a few record races and have not herd of one being stolen during their events.
 

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Sadly there are sheet heads everywhere.....

I would say we travel Baja as much as most and luckily we have not had continuous issues. True we come in hot with a large group and yes we are paying attention and do hire security at times and always tip accordingly (money and or product)

We do at times, in US and Mex, lock trucks and equipment with real chains and locks as in my opinion if they can see thick chain and locks they will look at the next truck instead of ours. Buffalo Bills is a place we chain our vehicles at times. We have 4 100 foot chains in small buckets.

10 years ago we lost a tool box in Barstow in the Holiday Inn lot
5 years ago lost a complete light bar in Parker (but as Dean said above it was recovered and people were prosecuted)
7 years ago Dean's truck was hit outside the lot on the street near San Nicholas
4 years ago bags were stollen from in front of my house out of my truck...Heidi wedding ring in the bag

I have never heard of anything going missing inside the San Nicholas lot and when we used to stay at Villa Marina there never seemed to be any problem. If a place has recurring issues then it's more than likely supported by an insider and I would not stay at those places if possible
 

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maybe we should pitch in and buy one of those parking lots. We could build race team central and have a hell of a valuable property.
 

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Several trips to Baja. The only time I was ever worried about my possessions and removed radio, gps, everything from my truck was staying overnight at the motel in Barstow at the Lenwood exit.
 

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I've only had one break-in on my truck in Mexico and that was the 2010 NORRA race in Mexicali. I got to my truck that morning while it was still dark and the interior light was on, then noticed the key hole was punched out. We must have broke up the theft because everything was still in my truck. I chalked it up to leaving myself as a target because I had camera equipment, GPS, radios and other expensive stuff in plain view to get robbed. That was my bad, and I know better. The easier we make it for thieves the more we can expect to have our stuff stolen. Like PAB said, if you have your stuff locked up they will look for an easier target.

With that said I've had 2 cars stolen from my front yard and also a couple break-ins. I have been ripped off more in the states then I have ever been in Mexico probably because I put my guard down when at home.
 

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We lost 4 pit boxes and a generator at the paid dirt lot south of start finish. Went to the start morning of the race and came back and they were gone. First time all week they weren't locked. Got in a hurry race morning. Another day lost a backpack out of the cab of the truck. Think it wasn't locked!! Our bad. Guess next time teams should pitch in and pay a team member to patrol the dirt lot.
 

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The desert stole our Black Maxtrax somewhere before the BFG pits at El Crucero. We're thinking they got loose in that Whoop section. Anyone happen to find them?
 

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Nothing stolen at all. Parked all over.

Can someone tell me about this potato place. Sounds delicious and, other than the race, my main focus in Mexico is food!

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Lets see, Denton had a bunch of Rigid lights stolen off a chase truck in Laughlin in the Trop parking lot. We saw them doing it when walking back from Bikinis.

Newhan had a bunch of tools stolen out of the back of a chase truck here in Bullhead while he was at a Mexican restaurant.

The kids at the San Javier Mission near Loreto stole my chromies off my truck. That was karma though... I stole an awful lot of chromies when I was a kid for my BMX bike...

No matter where you are at things can be stolen. It's in your best interest to keep things close by or deter thieves.

Go park your truck overnight in Compton or on Van Buren in Phoenix and see what happens.
 

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Have stayed at the Corona Hotel at every race since the mid 90's always paid the guy in the parking lot tower $$$ for the time there never had a issue.
 

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These are a must.. They will go on to the next truck..


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This really takes the fun out of racing down south. Is it really worth having your stuff stolen??
It is absolutely worth it!!!! We have been racing down there for five years with no issues knock on wood!! Now staying at the Holiday Inn Barstow with no security is another question....
 

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So why does THIS thread stay active but when I post the thread about the stolen Mirage and Suburban they move it to the "Watch Out" thread?? That sucks. Nobody looks at that. I certainly don't. Big thumbs down for RDC. Sticker comes off tomorrow.
 

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You guys sound so ridiculous. You go to Mexico for ONE DAY and get your stuff stolen in broad daylight. Then somehow legitimize it because you had your stuff stolen one time in the USA in the worst conditions where you spend the other 364 days out of the year.
 
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I agree.;)
 

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You guys sound so ridiculous. You go to Mexico for ONE DAY and get your stuff stolen in broad daylight. Then somehow legitimize it because you had your stuff stolen one time in the USA in the worst conditions where you spend the other 364 days out of the year.

Been living in baja for 10 years never lost anything. Had 3 cars stolen in USA. My elcamino 2 times.. Lock it , Club it and Alarm it and your fine.. I would not go to a supercross or football game in usa with all my tools in the back loose either.
 

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Many of us open ourselves up to a foolish easy loss.

The parking lot thefts, especially of a vehicle, really sucks. But I'd never park out of sight on the street or alley, not behind the taco shop, without a watchdog on site. Sorry, but someone has to hang out 'till someone else quickly eats and comes to take your spot.
Even when pitting on race day, if it's crowded I tell someone (my kid usually) to watch from the back of the truck, don't leave it.

I am SO much more carefree at most places in Baja than I am parking in Parker, Barstow, Vegas, or Reno.

In Baja we (20+ years full time of Baja Bound Moto fun rides, a lifetime of Baja riding and racing before that, hundreds of Baja races under my belt) have been bitten twice; 1984 a unlocked bike stolen and 2005 my F250. Both were totally my fault. The Ford bummed me out but I had parked it on the street because the hotel lot was full and we didn't need the truck all week. It was fine for 5 nights, then poof...

And yes for sure being on good terms with the parking lot guys is the best security, and that doesn't mean just $. We use the San Nicolas and much of the time our trucks and trailer are wide open, none of my guys around, keys in the ignition, nothing locked, everything out.
There are many places down Baja we don't even lock our bikes at all over night. I prefer it that way. If I get bit someday, my fault.
And I love when new to Baja people ask for advice and I tell them stay at San Nic or location X and they whine about it costing $185/night for a few nights of the week. So those people find a cheap, possibly not secure place, maybe have to drive into town to do Tech and have to park on the street and take a chance. Go for it, the location and security is 100% worth it to me.
 
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