Vehicle Theft on the Costa Brava

Fahrzeugdiebstahl an der Costa Brava

We will probably never forget 23 September. Sitges on the Costa Brava, a good 100 kilometres from Barcelona. We had parked the motorhome in a posh suburb a good 500 metres from the beach and the police drove through the one-way street several times. All good. Or so we thought. But after returning from swimming, the vehicle was no longer there, stolen. We hadn't armed the CarPro-Tec alarm system. Perhaps this would have prevented the break-in and the theft. However, the thieves would then have searched for the system, found it and switched it off. But they hadn't found it as it was, as the system is really easy to hide.

The vehicle could then be located in Villafranca della Penedes, around 30 kilometres away, using the GPS signal. The police drove to the car park in an unmarked car and watched the whole thing for a good hour in the hope that the crooks would return.

We got the campervan back two hours later. The interior looked terrible, but the vehicle was OK so far. It would probably have been moved the next day. The licence plate had been tampered with, without the B from BE we were then "Esseners", even the fine dust stickers had been removed.

Conclusion: without CarPro-Tec, we would no longer have a motorhome. Two weeks later, at the Hahnenkamm mountain station above Kitzbühel, the alarm on the camper van went off and we were able to send the car park attendant down in the valley to the car,


Abgekratzte Feinstaubplakette.
Armaturenbrett eines Wohnwagens, aus dem das Autoradio gestohlen wurde.
Jeans und Badutensilien liegen in einem Waschbecken. Fotografiert durch einen zerbrochenen Spiegel.
Wohnbereich eines geplünderten Wohnwagens. Auf dem Boden liegen Zeitschriften, Anleitungen und verschiedene Utensilien und Handtücher.



Banner-Bild von wirestock auf Freepik

Burglary attempt in Modena, Italy

Zerbrochenes Seitenfenster eines Wohnwagens. Im Hintergrund ein italienisches Polizeiauto.
During a short visit to Modena, we parked the car on the ring road outside the city walls along the street with a short parking lane. This is a busy pedestrian street with parking lanes on both sides. The vehicle was locked and the mobile alarm system activated.

At 2.57 pm I received an alarm message from my mobile alarm system. 5 to 10 minutes later I was at the vehicle. The triangular window on the passenger side had a large enough hole to reach through. The passenger door was slightly open. Inside the vehicle there were valuables that were not visible from the outside, but could easily be found when staying in the vehicle, apparently untouched (e.g. tablet, laptop, coins for parking ticket machine, navigation device). The local police arrived shortly after me, whom I had alerted on the way to the vehicle.

Apparently the perpetrator was disturbed by the loud siren of the alarm system.

I filed a complaint with the police and was referred to a Citroen garage. The installation of a new windscreen the next day was charged at 256.20 euros.