Unfortunately... Theft is part of the Baja experience... Just a bad part... I was down in Bahia LA out in front of the Pemex.. Dude was selling random Snap on wrenches, sockets , screw drivers... Like 2.00 each ... Obviously I passed on the deal.. Sad.. But could help but shake my head and chuckle a bit.It seems that the thefts were diminishing until just a couple years ago. I had stuff stolen out of a prerunner AS WE PULLED UP TO THE FRONT OF THE CASA MAR back in 1988. Kids grabbed my buddies bag and ran off with it. Ensenada was really bad back then. 20 years later, not as bad as real jobs and a better economy seemed to be building in town and folks had other ways to earn a living. No problems for 10 years, but in the last few years, we have had some stuff stolen out of a chase parked in front of the restaurant we were eating in. Thanks to friends like Dave Snoddy, we were still able to run the pit with borrowed tools. That seems to be the key. Tools are easy to resell down there. Now we mostly park in secured at the hotel we stay at and walk. Plan ahead.
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I get it....thefts happen every where, every day, regardless. But I Guarantee they they dont happen as quick as they do in baja during a race. Our truck was parked for 5-10 minutes before it was jacked on the main road in the middle of the day....with us watching. My only regret when we got it back was we weren't fast enough to catch the guy and stomp his guts out.I had my gear bag stolen along with my codrivers gear bag last year out of the back of my truck.
Oh wait, that was right in front of my house in Carlsbad. #thanksobama
Wow, we stay there a lot. Never had a worry.I was staying in the El Cortez Hotel in San Felipe, you know the place with the wall around it and a guard shack that you have to pass through to get in. I was staying in one of the cabanas with my truck in view from my bed and I slept with the door open (well the driver door was in view from my bed because you have to park very close to the door, maybe 3' from the door), I woke up to some noise outside at dusk. I jumped up and found the hotel security guard starting to move some things around in the back of the truck. I had two motorcycles and all of our gear in it while we were prerunning. I don't think there is any "safe place" down there, trust nobody. I am not saying everyone is a criminal and I enjoy going to Baja, I just don't trust the security guards any more than I do some bum off of the street. From my gut feeling and experience in Baja, the bigger the town/city the more dangerous it is.
Yeah they do, at our warehouse we had some chicks steal a Civic, they were in and out quick and it was around 1:30 pm in the middle of a big street in Ontario, we had a couple bobtails stolen on different ocassionsI get it....thefts happen every where, every day, regardless. But I Guarantee they they dont happen as quick as they do in baja during a race. Our truck was parked for 5-10 minutes before it was jacked on the main road in the middle of the day....with us watching. My only regret when we got it back was we weren't fast enough to catch the guy and stomp his guts out.
You don't need SCORE for European Baja races. There is already a series using the Baja name in Spain, Italy, Portugal and a few other counties. The bikes are the same but the cars are more like the Rally Raid car and trucks you see in the Dakar race.
This is an important statement. I personally have two separate engine disabling devices as well as a brake pedal to steering wheel lock for when I'm really nervous. They can still break in and steal goodies in the cab or try to get into my double locked camper, but I try to be extra careful what is left in sight of the casual thief.RE: vehicle thefts. Are the thieves bypassing security measures--kill switch, for example? I don't think I would take a vehicle to Baja without some kind of kill switch device hidden in the vehicle.
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