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Posted: 11.09.2019  ·  #1
Went to do a big shop in Caraffour in Antibes Monday morning about 10.30. Parked up in very busy car park . Came out about an hour later. Opened the van with remote and noticed that the alarm had activated when we were away . Checked around and noticed half of my side bedroom window missing. Also noticed later that the had drilled just under the handle on the drivers door. Luckily we had the alarm fitted 3 days before we left home on the trip. There was nothing taken just the damage. Thought we would be safe at that time in a busy car park. Still over 4 weeks left till we go home. Spoke to James in Anchorpoint who sent me details of local Burstner dealers with part numbers and prices for guidance. Staying in a fabulous site in St Aygulf (17 euro Acsi) waiting on the replacement window to arrive.C'est la vie .


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b******s! glad they didnt get anything. Hope they got run over by a passing juggernaut on their way out.


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b******s! glad they didnt get anything. Hope they got run over by a passing juggernaut on their way out.


My sentiments exactly >_<


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Funny thing was the took the piece of the window with them. Very tidy b******s


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Oh no,not good at all,make sure you check you still have your passports spare keys, house keys etc,similar thing happened to us five or six years ago,they took the window with them also,along with a tee shirt and a sum of money and our E111 health cards.Don't let it spoil the rest of your holiday .I wonder why the hole was drilled in the door?


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I wonder why the hole was drilled in the door?


To bypass the door lock I;ve seen some vans with stainless plates fitted around door locks
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That's a bit of bad luck...hope you get sorted.....for us one stays with the van while shopping a lot safer in the long run....enjoy the rest of your holiday....


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..for us one stays with the van while shopping a lot safer in the long run....enjoy the rest of your holiday....


Thats what we do usually, TBH it's more in case someone steals the dogs! (plus I don't like shopping)


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Quote by adria

..for us one stays with the van while shopping a lot safer in the long run....enjoy the rest of your holiday....


TBH it's more in case someone steals the dogs! (plus I don't like shopping)


Ditto!


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Just wondering, is it mainly newer, shiny, expensive looking vans that are being targeted, or is it across the board.


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Just wondering, is it mainly newer, shiny, expensive looking vans that are being targeted, or is it across the board.


Wondering myself....Never had an issue with our 1999 Adria. I think having alert barking dogs helps too...


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Our 2004 Chausson was also broken into in France about six years ago, never had a problem in Ireland, I think theft in France is much more prevalent than they are letting on. tbh I never had the same mass on the place since. We toured west Cork this year and had the best Holiday in years, People are on about the cost of Holidaying in Ireland, That's Bull, we had the cheapest and best holiday in years thanks to the app.

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Our 2004 Chausson was also broken into in France about six years ago, never had a problem in Ireland, I think theft in France is much more prevalent than they are letting on. tbh I never had the same mass on the place since. We toured west Cork this year and had the best Holiday in years, People are on about the cost of Holidaying in Ireland, That's Bull, we had the cheapest and best holiday in years thanks to the app.


West Cork was the highlight of our holiday last year Pat :up:


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Posted: 12.09.2019  ·  #14
Really shocking, you would think some locals would be suspicious of an attempt to break in through a window or drill out a door lock. Maybe it is more common than we think.


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Really sorry to hear about this and hopefully you got sorted and the rest of your holiday goes well. Unfortunately there are low life's everywhere..here at home and abroad. Fortunately it seems, going by the small number of forum reported incidents, considering the amount of motorhomes traveling each year in France this type of incident is not that prevalent. This obviously won't make anyone feel better when it has happened to them. I have to say it won't put me off going to France.


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Had to cut our holiday short. The son rang me last night to tell me our house had been broken into as well. No real damage but he is not sure what has been taken. They pulled the alarm panel of the wall. Just travelling up through France for the ferry on Sunday. Maybe that's all our bad luck at once.


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Gosh that's really bad luck. Safe journey home.


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Bad news Leo, stay calm and assess the situation when home.... there won’t be a lot you can do and hopefully your home is now secured and you can sort all out when back.
I really am gutted for you and your family, all the very best getting things sorted out.


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Very sorry to hear that, relax and enjoy your trip home, nothing you can do until you get there


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That is a huge amount of bad luck. Hopefully that’s it for a long time to come. Safe home


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Thanks for all the kind words. The good thing about coming home early is that we may be able to go to some of the planned meets


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Awe ☹ how horrible, why is there so many scummy b******s about?

I hope if there is anything missing it can be replaced. Such bad luck ☹

Stay strong and don't let the b******s get you down.


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Thanks for all the kind words. The good thing about coming home early is that we may be able to go to some of the planned meets


Very true but it not a nice way to end your hollidays,hope all ends well.👍


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When it rains it really pour's.....Safe home folk's....


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Damn! That’s bad luck!


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What are the chances of that happening? Very sorry to hear that Guys, hope your insurance will cover any loss


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@Thornwood That's terrible.. really sorry for you. Absolute scum bags. Unfortunately the justice system is to lenient with these s--t heads.


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Very bad news lads....have a safe journey home....


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That’s too much of a coincidence. Could they have gotten your address from the van. I have a letter lying from MHCC that had my membership card in it. It will be burn tomorrow. Makes you think!


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That’s too much of a coincidence. Could they have gotten your address from the van. I have a letter lying from MHCC that had my membership card in it. It will be burn tomorrow. Makes you think!


I was just about to write the same thing, I tend to have a very suspicious mind when two things like that happen together. Hope there's not too much damage and you can put it behind you.


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Quote by Mark&Wendy

That’s too much of a coincidence. Could they have gotten your address from the van. I have a letter lying from MHCC that had my membership card in it. It will be burn tomorrow. Makes you think!


I was just about to write the same thing, I tend to have a very suspicious mind when two things like that happen together. Hope there's not too much damage and you can put it behind you.


Very unfortunate alright, but hardly think these thieves then travelled to Ireland from France to rob his house?


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Very unfortunate alright, but hardly think these thieves then travelled to Ireland from France to rob his house?


Not them in person but like the so-called country cousins they could have a good intelligence network and all it takes is a phone call.


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Very unfortunate alright, but hardly think these thieves then travelled to Ireland from France to rob his house?


Not them in person but like the so-called country cousins they could have a good intelligence network and all it takes is a phone call.


Yes....That is certainly possible alright...


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Posted: 13.09.2019  ·  #34
Yes, but been i France in your motorhome don’t mean your house is Unoccupied. What people put up on social media I would think is a bigger threat. I’m not saying that is the case here as I don’t know what the facts are


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Posted: 13.09.2019  ·  #35
I thought it was only an attempted break in. Therefore they would have got no information on their home address


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Posted: 14.09.2019  ·  #36
A lot of conspiracy theories here. Don't think they gained access to the MH. We are close to Cherbourg for the night catching the ferry tomorrow. Have stocked up with wine and goodies. Will enjoy them over the coming months when we settle back in at home. Thank again for all the good wishes.


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Agree 100%. I did write as much. Then I couldn’t see what I had posted, so had a few conspiracy theories of my own, then... allowed.......i most likely just didn’t press submit
Enjoy your purchases, Thornwood, and all the best in sorting your issues out, without others adding their own bit to the scenario


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While repairing the hole in the door found that the lock would not work with the keys manually. Ok on fob central locking. The back of the barrell is damage. Anyone know where I can pickup a second hand one. I can get it rebuilt to my key


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