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Old 05-19-2015, 08:54 PM   #1
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From Mike's FB page: yesterday, someone broke into Mike Wendland (owner of the roadtreking.com site) and cleaned his rig out, taking all his cameras, podcasting equipment, and computers.

Looks like he will be off the air for a while.
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Old 05-19-2015, 09:12 PM   #2
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I thought the Sprinters had a pretty sophisticated security setup on them. Maybe not.
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I thought the Sprinters had a pretty sophisticated security setup on them. Maybe not.
Negative booster. Nothing more than say a Chevy or Ford, unless the owner installs something different
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Old 05-19-2015, 11:16 PM   #4
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you all are incorrect. you are mixing theft deterrence of the vehicle-which there are several built in-where the car(vehicle) gets stolen to another location with House alarms that help prevent things inside a house from being taken.

ways to pop open car doors still exist-however electronics prevent all but the most sophisticated criminal from driving the vehicle away.

Mikes van was not taken-stuff inside the van was taken,

you pop the door-spend 30 seconds removing stuff and your gone. most of us if we hear a car alarm in a parking lot assume it's an error-until it never stops.

2 different things
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Old 05-19-2015, 11:45 PM   #5
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I have a lot of sophisticated protection but realize what happened to Wendland could still happen to me if all it would take is a smashed window and 30 seconds. I was thinking about that yesterday when it took about 5 minutes to walk to a restaurant with the van still in view but way across a public road and intervening drainage ditch.

The Facebook Roadtreking:the Group is public as is his website and Wendland showcased his toys in videos right down to where he stored them. Targeted?

It does give pause. My next trip might be with just my iPhone which is always with me and what I use 90% of the time anyway Internet wise including this message.
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The Facebook Roadtreking:the Group is public as is his website and Wendland showcased his toys in videos right down to where he stored them. Targeted?
This is an excellent point, as is the issue of posting travel plans. I don't follow those guys, so I don't know if they give information about their whereabouts and/or itinerary. I personally would NEVER post anything close to real-time information on my travel plans or whereabouts. Worth thinking about.
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I seriously doubt this was anything more than a crime of opportunity. Most are.

It's probably a good idea to have an alarm system and updated insurance coverage if you are going to carry a bunch of stealables. Also watch where you park and if it's in plain view. I seriously doubt someone stalked or targeted him to get a couple cameras, laptop, etc. If there was such a person doing that, they'd have probably kidnapped him for ransom.

Now that I think about it, maybe it was a hired hit by Pleasureway to shut him up about all this Roadtrek advanced technology! Please, discuss...
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He could have been observed doing one of his video cast shoots. He does have more sophisticated equipment than the average tourer. Is that targeted or opportunity at that point? We don't know the details yet but if at a campground someone could put 2 and 2 together if an information online follower junkie.
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I find its easy to hide those valuable things in places where the average thief would not know or have the time to discover them, in fact I have proved this with 3 break-ins on my van, and none of the thousands of dollars of valuables stolen. Of course a safe is the best bet.

I hope their dog is ok.
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I find its easy to hide those valuable things in places where the average thief would not know or have the time to discover them, in fact I have proved this with 3 break-ins on my van, and none of the thousands of dollars of valuables stolen. Of course a safe is the best bet.

I hope their dog is ok.

I didn't want to post this on Mike's sites but- Tai the dog even though he is a sweetheart-looks like a big mean dog-if you were a robber who knew NOTHING about the people or the dog-could you break in ,search and steal equipment, and not worry about the dog attacking you.

it seems to me it had to be targeted by some one who know's Tai is a pussycat
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