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This section is great but I think its importance should be increased.

This forum and its members could become an incredibly powerful tool in combating van theft - and be a great deterrent!

Instead of YOU having to go to this section - have the info come to you. Simple really. It can come to you in the form of a red alert in a PM - a text - an email etc.

This would mean news of a stolen van would spread all over the country incredibly quickly - there are members everywhere now and the amount of miles and roads we all cover on a daily/weekly basis i'm sure is staggering and would mean there are eyes everywhere.

Who better to spot a Transporter than us lot?

I'm not naive enough to think its as easy as just spotting a reg :* but we do mostly have a keen eye for the subtle details.


The information required for the post should be fairly extensive - as much help as poss really, subtle changes you have made etc. certainly would help when buying parts.

I personally wouldn't mind if I got an email or a text message or that the first thing I had to do when opened the forum was to read an RED ALERT about a stolen van. This information needs to be out there ASAP.

Another thing that would be great would be any success story was followed up in the same way with a big fat Green Alert A:


What do you guys think ? (please see post 191)
There a huge amount of work for Admin to create this system so they need to be made aware of your support and your thoughts.



21/4/13 THIS WAS SUGGESTED ON ANOTHER THREAD IN LOST AND FOUND - A BAY WAS STOLEN AND TOWED AWAY...

Originally Posted by Tallwallfitter
OK chaps. I know its a little late for this one but in the future, if you see any camper being towed or on a trailer, Take a picture if you can. This way someone might get their bus back in one piece before its stripped for parts. Just a little idea.


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I think its a great idea ......lets face it any thing we can all do to feel safer about our vans has to be a good idea T: it would just need to be a thread we all subscribe to ...then if your phone data is on you will know when any one posts on it T: x
 

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Absolutely brilliant ideaT:
Surely this is what the forum is for "by the members, for the members"
 

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Great idea!

Could we have a section, (maybe even on here), to flag up possible scams.

If a scammer gets hassled or asked enough questions they will move on.
 

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I think its a great idea ......lets face it any thing we can all do to feel safer about our vans has to be a good idea T: it would just need to be a thread we all subscribe to ...then if your phone data is on you will know when any one posts on it T: x
I did think about the 'subscribe to thread' aswell, which is a good idea - but it took me about +3 yrs to find out about that function.
I think a combination of the two would cover all bases.

I think any system would need careful moderating so it didnt get abused and remained effective.
 

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This section is great but I for one think its importance should be increased.

I have mentioned this is one or two posts before so forgive me if this isnt the first time you have have heard this.

This forum could become an incredibly powerful tool in combatting van theft.
Instead of just having this as a section YOU have to go to, have the info come to you on an Alert (like when you get a PM) - a copy of which would still be shown as a thread etc.

The news of a stolen van would spread all over the country incredibly quickly - there is members everywhere now and the amount of miles and roads we all cover on a daily/weekly basis i'm sure is staggering.

Who better to spot one than people who are van spotting anyway.

I'm not naive enough to think its as easy as just spotting a reg :* but we do mostly have a keen eye for the subtle details.


The information required for the post could be failry extensive - as much help as poss really, certainly would help when buying parts.

I personaly wouldn't mind if the first thing I have to do when I log on is read an RED ALERT about a stolen van.

Another thing that would be great if any sucess story was followed up with a Green Alert A:


What do you guys think - what about you mods/admin as i'm sure this would mean work for you I:

Any comments from Admin about this?
 

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What a great idea have you contacted admin about this idea? I'm sure they could work some thing on the forum profile page above or below the ads or something like that?
 

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Think id quite like the idea of a Van Watch sticker in the van, i know if its going to get taken, its going to go... but if there is something on it, saying that people will be watching for the van, it may help deter them???:*
 

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Many years ago there was a scheme (whether it was just Essex police) but all it was, was a sticker displayed on the vehicle inviting the police to stop it and question the driver if it was out on the road between set hours. I think it was called vehicle watch and the sticker was fluorescent green so was conspicuous. Checking the web looks like some forces may still be running this, might be worth checking.
 

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I can't see any donwsides to this... :)

We're looking into the tech side of it now - good idea van quish et all T:
Cheers T:

I hope the technical side isnt too much of a headache :cool:

If this comes off I'd recommend everyone get loads of photos of their vans, especially identifiable marks and features so if the unthinkable happens, they can be uploaded asap
 

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Many years ago there was a scheme (whether it was just Essex police) but all it was, was a sticker displayed on the vehicle inviting the police to stop it and question the driver if it was out on the road between set hours. I think it was called vehicle watch and the sticker was fluorescent green so was conspicuous. Checking the web looks like some forces may still be running this, might be worth checking.
Essex did in fact do this as 'Vehicle Watch'

I had stickers on my cars and not once did I get stopped- great scheme I: x
 
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