Overnight parking at trailheads - safety concerns?

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Overnight parking at trailheads - safety concerns?

Postby thegreekhiker » Fri 08 Apr, 2022 6:27 pm

Hi,

I’m heading to Tassie soon and have read some reports of theft and vandalism to cars pried overnight in certain trailheads. Has anyone got any experience, thoughts, wisdom on this?

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Re: Overnight parking at trailheads - safety concerns?

Postby north-north-west » Fri 08 Apr, 2022 6:34 pm

We don't have trailheads down here, so it's not a problem.

Oh, you mean trackheads.
There are some places where there have been issues in the past - the main Walls carpark and Frenchmans being the most common - but I haven't heard of such areas being specifically targeted for some time. I've never had any problems, but then my cars always look like they're not worth the trouble of breaking into.
There's always a possibility, however, no matter where you leave your vehicle. Make sure that nothing valuable can be seen from outside and try to have as little as possible in the car while you're away.
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Re: Overnight parking at trailheads - safety concerns?

Postby FLICKIT » Fri 08 Apr, 2022 7:22 pm

There was a Land Rover that was decked out for camping with solar panels and such stolen from the Frenchmans Cap carpark a while back, that was probably stolen for the Land Rover parts and/or the solar panels and deep cycle batteries it contained, I think it's fairly unlikely a generic vehicle would be stolen from these remote locations...

I've left my aging 4x4 and campervan in many places around the state and never had an issue, often just on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere... The campervan I always leave with all the curtains closed in the hope a thief would assume someone is sleeping in there...

As above, leave NOTHING in view that may tempt a thief to break in..
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Re: Overnight parking at trailheads - safety concerns?

Postby andrewa » Fri 08 Apr, 2022 10:28 pm

My 30yo Nissan Patrol has been broken into and stolen twice from outside our home in a nice upper middle class Melbourne suburb in the last 3 years, but never in the bush. Don’t leave anything of value in your car, and leave everything that isn’t of value hidden. Apparently old cars like mine are easy to break into with screwdrivers/scissors etc. I’m getting tired of replacing the ignition lock set and door locks….

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Re: Overnight parking at trailheads - safety concerns?

Postby Aardvark » Sat 09 Apr, 2022 8:57 am

No place is immune from the chance of break in. There are some common factors aligned with such behaviour.
The only real insurance you can provide yourself is leaving the vehicle looking less enticing than any others. I know people who leave compartments open and empty.
More extreme measures are having nothing inside the car and leaving windows down.
I personally minimise the practice of purchasing insurances and have never taken travel insurance however i frequently travel and live from the car and spend maximum time out walking. This usually means taking my own measures for insurance and i have no losses to date.
Having some bear traps buried outside the car doors would be my preferred measure. Chances are they wouldn't even get their hand on the door handle.
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Re: Overnight parking at trailheads - safety concerns?

Postby Azza » Mon 11 Apr, 2022 1:18 pm

It seems that incidents are fairly infrequent, but are generally well publicised when they do occur.
Frenchmans Cap and Walls Car park issues go back decades and you only really hear about something happening every few years.
Frenchmans has the problem of being next to the highway so its an easy target for opportunistic thieves.
Going back a while the story goes that the Walls was specifically targeted by a local who was eventually caught.

Some places are far enough out of the way that trouble can't be bothered driving out there.

I wouldn't say you need to be paranoid, but don't go inviting trouble unnecessarily.
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