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Re: Nighttime Vandalism vs. RV's
« Reply #30 on: February 02, 2010, 12:51:51 PM »
Chris, that surprises me about SJ.  What about the ethnic gangs?  As to LV, many of the troublemakers are imports from LA.

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Re: Nighttime Vandalism vs. RV's
« Reply #31 on: February 02, 2010, 02:52:45 PM »

Chris P lives in Almaden Valley, quite different from east San Jose. I wonder if they count surrounding places like AV in the SJ numbers. Kinda like including east Palo Alto in the Redwood City numbers.

There are indeed ethnic gangs in SJ, including Vietnamese and anti-Vietnamese. A prior Vietnamese-born Admin came to work one day and said that someone had set her car on fire in the driveway.
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« Reply #32 on: February 02, 2010, 03:29:32 PM »
That's right, Tom.  Just goes to show we shouldn't paint any community with broad brush strokes.  As Wendy has said in other threads, you can use statistics to prove just about anything.  You really have to know what any statistic includes.  And places do change.  At one time East Palo Alto was the crime capital of the country and we didn't even want to drive through it, but through the efforts of good decent residents and additional help from law enforcement in surrounding communities they really cleaned up their act.  What happens on one side of the tracks may not be the case on the other side, to use an old metaphor.

Getting back to the original poster's comments, it still all boils down to keeping our eyes and ears open so that we don't park in obviously "bad" areas or where there appear to be threats.  I don't think I would park an RV in area where a bunch of young people seem to be loitering. 

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« Reply #33 on: April 14, 2010, 04:31:06 PM »
I've read this thread, I guess I'm not properly afraid.  I intend to be in a campground or truck stop parking lot by dark and not park on any streets.  Also likely not a Walmart unless I have to and in a better part of town.

I've lived in the country for most of my life and in a subdivision  for only a few of those years.  I can tell you we experienced more vandalism in the subdivision then in the country and I doubt we ever live in one again.

I likely will have my 12 gauge under the bed or near it where I sleep and perhaps a little something else in the front, can't say for sure yet.  I don't want to shot anyone but I don't intend to let them hurt me either.

My motorhome is older and may not be such a target as some of your beauties.  I think sometime people just are jealous and like to destroy things they won't ever have.  But that's just my opinion.

In my neighborhood, I know most of us rural folks are armed and they would be very foolish to mess with us. If one of us shot 3 or 4 times late at night, there would likely be at least 3 others over quickly with guns.  I have answered my front door at 3 in the morning with a gun.  Believe me people start backing up quickly and going oh we aren't doing anything wrong.  Good


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Re: Nighttime Vandalism vs. RV's
« Reply #34 on: August 03, 2010, 05:52:00 PM »
I don't know about street parking being illegal.  Maybe in some communities it is, but I doubt that an ordinance like that would hold up in a lawsuit.  Matter of fact I seem to remember reading years ago about someone that was ticketed and harassed by the local police and took it to court and ended up forcing the city involved into paying damages.  It was long ago and I can't really remember the particulars, but I seem to remember that the court case went all the way up to something just south of the Supreme Court.  Either way, if you and your vehicle are legal, and legally parked, I seriously doubt any ticket would stick.

Now when it comes to parking in urban areas, discretion is a must.  I've been doing it for awhile now, and I have found that parking on main thoroughfares works real well, but you have to deal with the noise.  I am not a big fan of McD's or some mall lots or places like that because that is where most vehicle theft occurs. 

I also look for places that truckers like to stash their semis for the night.  Not every inner city has a truck stop, but there is always a dead-end side street somewhere where they park and the police look the other way.  You can find them, you just need to go look around the town's trucking terminals. They are usually all congregated in one part of town anyway, and the traffic that goes through those areas are usually workers at the plants and truckers, not gangs or other kinds of trouble makers.  Also those areas usually have roving security, and the coppers patrol them regularly, and they are also well lit.

I work in South Philly and I actually park on a little side street about a mile from where I work, usually with about 3-4 semis on any given night.  It is a wide, well lit street that is patrolled regularly, and has a 24 hour restaurant on the corner that is popular with the local constabulary, as well as the truckers and myself.  The coppers patrol through there routinely and nothing ever happens.  Even the lot lizard girls don't show their faces around there.  Once or twice a local cop has stopped and asked after me when I was getting in and out of the vehicle, and I just tell him that I work here in S. Philly but live in Texas and this is where I park My RV at night.  Since they have a detail of Philly cops that moonlight where I work, some of them already know me, and they keep an eye out for me when I'm there.  I used to stay at the WM around there, but the truth is that the WM RV and semi-parking is in a desolate, trash strewn area that has a lot of undesirable activity going on around it.  I feel safer parking where I park now.

One of the reasons I bought an RV was because I wanted to save on motel and rental car costs, which in the Northeast are spiraling out of sight.  So, if I stay at a campground, it kind of defeats the purpose of me saving money on my travel expenses.  If I don't use WMs, truck stops, or street parking, I might as well go back to hotels and rental cars.

Parking on the street isn't really all that dangerous.  You need to learn to keep a low profile and be aware of your surroundings.  I have never been vandalized, and the only time anyone has ever bothered me late at night, it was one of my co-workers that saw the RV parked and started banging on the side just yelling and fooling around.  No big deal.

I do it in S. Philly, and right now I have been parked on a street in Washington DC since last Friday, albeit in front of a friends house.  But I sleep in the vehicle every night, and get up in the morning with no hassles from neighbors, police, troublemakers or anyone else.


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Re: Nighttime Vandalism vs. RV's
« Reply #35 on: November 01, 2010, 09:12:41 AM »
Being in So calif,  where over 50% of the population is hispanic,  I'd venture a guess that the OP was
very tired of  people trying to lower the standard of living to their former country's level.
I sympathize with him, and see both sides of the coin, so to speak.
we have stayed at WM, Flying J, etc,  and have stopped in city parks, and hospital parking lots,
never had any issues with local PD, or with vandals.
my point... to each there own, because you don't agree with anothers view point, does not make it wrong,
I have collectors cars, and can see what the OP is getting at, I take care of my vehicles, and am aware of the newest rock chips, as I wax them them frequently.
It does annoy me to see others have so little appreciation for what I have struggled  to obtain, I do not have a 100k coach, to the contrary, I'm on the lower end of the $$ scale, but its "MY"  coach, and I value it as much as other values there expensive units.
somewhere in time, still plays with cars.