I've just had my Blue Tongue camper trailer stolen last Sunday 18th Sept, 2011 at about 4:15am from out front of my house between Avalon/Palm Beach, NSW. It had a large padlock and chain on the kerb side and the thief didn't realise until he drove off! Sounds of tire screeching and gravel as the wheel locked. My wife and I got out of bed to look out the window thinking we would be seeing some drunk doing a wheelie! We both did not notice that the trailer had gone! He dragged it about 100 meters around the next bend and then jimmied the padlock and broke it. If I'd twigged I would have caught him around the bend! I followed the drag mark and found the padlock, chain and a block of painted wood, all to be fingerprinted, and talked to neighbours a few hours later when we realised. It was reported to Police.
CCTV at Avalon Beach at 4:20am shows a black 4WD towing it through an intersection and then also at Newport Beach at 4:31am heading south. He could be local northern beaches but also the police are checking CCTV to the west of the northern beaches and then to the north as it may be someone that was working in the area and decided to come back in the early hours and steal it. CCTV as far as Collaroy does not show it passing that morning.
I've since set up a Twitter and Facebook page for anyone that has a trailer, car, boat etc stolen by criminal idiots. Send me your info, pix etc and I will post it online. It can be found at facebook.com/CrimStopper or twitter.com/CrimStopper
I can now say that if you have a trailer anywhere it needs a "Keep It,Klamp It", a huge padlock and chain, the wheel removed and also the tow ball connection dismantled or plugged! Chain it to a tree or drain, park a car in front of it at night or any other method because once it is gone it is only a matter of swapping plates and VIN to rebirth a trailer!
I would ask that if any of the people in the forum are in camp sites/parks on the east coast could they pass this on in the hope that perhaps someone may see my Camper Trailer which was uninsured ($4100) plus all of our camping gear ($800?) stolen one week before school holidays!