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Posted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:06 pm
by DaveW
Be careful leaving vehicles unattended in habitat, even in what seem to be remote places with nobody around. Just had this email from a friend in Argentina:-

"Car broken into in Marayes. Left it for 20 mins to see if P. bulbocalyx in flower, returned to find window smashed and cameras, lenses, phones, sat nav, my iPad plus all the usual camera gear gone. Saw the guy speeding away on his motorbike but unable to catch/find him.

Back to basics now travelling round Argentina just with maps!! The car window could not be fixed so have a smaller drivers window which means we do not want to leave the car. Problem with Hilux is there is nowhere to hide gear and you can't take everything with you in the field. Fortunately wife carries passports with her but ALL car documents taken."

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Posted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:55 pm
by rodsmith
Guidance is never to leave valuables on display in a car. Unfortunate though if there is no other storage space. You can't take everything with you every time you leave the vehicle. I suppose if you're using a hire vehicle you need to ensure that there is adequate out of sight storage.

Re: Warning.

Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:59 am
by DaveW
Yes we used a couple of Suzuki Grand Normandie's in Chile. They were hatchbacks, but as soon as the back is closed things in the boot are out of site. A lockable boot is certainly an advantage to keep things out of sight, just as in the UK.

Toyota Hilux pick-up trucks seem to find favour in S. America and are freely available since they deal with rough country well, though the Suzuki's took some hammer over rough ground without complaining.

Re: Warning.

Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:21 pm
by ragamala
Sounds like good advice in London or elsewhere in UK. Point being?

Re: Warning.

Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:42 pm
by DaveW
Point being, even if you think you are in the back of beyond and you have not seen anyone for days it does not mean people are not around, or may soon be coming. He had been to S. America about 10 times, but this time got robbed.

The problem is you often have to leave the vehicles near the road or track and climb, so even if the vehicle is in sight you may not be able to scramble back in time, you still have to treat the vehicle and it's contents as if it was in the middle of a city and always carry your important papers like passports and some money with you, even if in a money belt.

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Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:59 pm
by DaveW
More or less a happy ending, my friend just got back before the New Year and emailed me.

"We got a nice New Years present yesterday. All or most of our stolen goods have been recovered in Argentina. Sadly the same day as we left Chile so I have to return asap to collect what there is. From the photo sent camera, lenses and iPad are there but no diaries and the smaller GPS stuff is not obvious.

Will fly back late February to collect."