Law Enforcement Warns Public of Trailer Thefts 5/13/13
CBS 7 News
May 13, 2013
Midland, TX - Midland County Sheriff's Deputies say this is becoming all too common: People stealing travel trailers.
CBS 7 rode along with an investigator who shows just how easy stealing an entire home really is and how easy it can be prevented.
CBS 7 crews drove around Midland County and saw hundreds of travel trailers only two had locks on the hitches.
In the middle of a housing shortage, Sgt. Ray Weatherby with the Midland Sheriff's Office says he has seen the number of RVs and travel trailers double within the past year.
“The demand for travel trailers is because there is no housing available,” he said.
But Sgt. Weatherby says because they're mobile,they can be stolen without any effort at all.
“Travel trailers are very easy to steal all you have to do is have the right hook up,” he said.
Weatherby says in the past two weeks there have been two trailer thefts. Wne was caught on camera. In just minutes the thieves cut into a fence, hooked up the trailer and drove away. That trailer along with everything inside, was valued at $90,000.
“We try to do everything we can to protect and get your property back once it's taken,” he said.
Weatherby says it all could’ve been avoided if there was a lock on the trailer.
Without one there is nothing stopping someone from just hauling it away.
“It can go from Midland, Texas to Juarez, Mexico in the matter of hours,” he said.
He also says to make sure you have a title for the trailer. That way it can be identified if its stolen and even parking in front of the hitch can deter someone from taking it.
“This guy right here has his vehicle parked in front of his tongue,” Weatherby pointed out, “Essentially by parking there he put a lock on that trailer no one can move it unless they move the vehicle first.”
But as more people come into the Permian Basin Weatherby says it wont come as a surprise if more of these homes are stolen.
“This is someone’s house,” Weatherby said.
If you have any information on any stolen travel trailers you can call the Midland CrimeStoppers at 432-694-TIPS.
You will be anonymous and there is a cash reward up to $1,000 for your tip.