Leaving luggage in car

May 26th, 2014, 05:49 PM
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Leaving luggage in car

Does anyone know if it is safe to leave luggage in the car while visiting Dachau?
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May 26th, 2014, 05:56 PM
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I would do it if it is completely covered in the trunk. That refers to anywhere: in Germany it is even safer.
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May 26th, 2014, 07:10 PM
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Try to find a spot where you can back into the spot up against a wall. Trunk/hatch won't be able to be opened easily. But, they can still usually get to the storage area through the back seats but it is more work so they will look for an easier target.
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May 26th, 2014, 07:15 PM
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There were a lot of people coming and going in the parking lot when we visited Dachau. I felt very safe there. I think with so many people milling about it would be unlikely that someone would so obviously try to break into a car there. Just my opinion.
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May 26th, 2014, 07:34 PM
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Buy travel/luggage insurance. It would take about 15 seconds for someone to break into your trunk. Would anybody notice? Probably not. find another place to store your luggage
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May 26th, 2014, 08:09 PM
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We did it last fall with no problem. We always make sure to pull the cover over the luggage in the back. I didn't notice any walls to park against, seems like there were just a couple large open parking lots.
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May 26th, 2014, 08:57 PM
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Most important: Don't leave any valuables or documents in the car.
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May 27th, 2014, 07:36 AM
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I haven't done this yet, but thought about doing it. Take everything out of my luggage and scatter it about the trunk. When I get to my destination, shove it back in my luggage. This will make it more work to steal (if they want to steal it at all!) The most valuable thing I bring with me on a trip is an iPad. That fits nicely in my backpack which I carry around with me.

Just me thinking out loud.....

Think about breaking into the trunk of a car, expecting to find a couple of nice suit cases to steal, instead finding a mess. They might pick and choose a few nice items, but at least all of your stuff might not be gone.
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May 27th, 2014, 08:58 AM
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Other than backing up to a wall in a garage, I wouldn't do it. Our car was broken in to at a 5* resort in South America while we were waiting to check in.
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May 27th, 2014, 09:09 AM
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All of the stuff you really WANT will BE gone, Masterphil.
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May 27th, 2014, 09:11 AM
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We make numerous stops when driving around in Europe (Germany included) and always make sure that our stuff is not visible. We always rent a station wagon, and it has a cover for the back end. We've had no problems.
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May 27th, 2014, 09:15 AM
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Thieves don't want dirty underwear, taking it all out and spreading it around actually helps them, a lot, as then they just have to pick out the few things they want rather than carrying the whole suitcase, which is more trouble and would look suspicious.
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May 27th, 2014, 09:55 AM
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My thought...they are stealing all the good stuff anyway (by just taking my whole suitcase) at least I am salvaging my dirty underwear, some socks, maybe the suitcase?
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May 27th, 2014, 10:25 AM
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Living in Munich, I would not hesitate to do it. It is a very low crime area.
When something gets stolen from parked cars here it is valuable items like cell phones or mobile GPS devices or a notebook which someone left in plain sight in the car.
Though, even if you left your 2K notebook on the passenger seat, I'd estimate your chances to get it stolen at 0.01%.
But obviously I am neither willing to give you a guarantee nor will I reimburse you if anything does happen ;-)
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May 27th, 2014, 10:41 AM
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This is helpful as we'll be renting a car next month for 2.5 weeks. I know there will be a few days where we will want to make stops between hotels/cities. My plan was to carry valuables in a backpack (laptop, ipad, cameras, etc.) and the rest goes in the trunk. It will be placed in the trunk before reaching destination.
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May 27th, 2014, 01:40 PM
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Friends in Hamburg say that that the local thieves are not stealing laptops anymore when doing home burglaries, because of the potential for GPS leading the police directly to their door.
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May 27th, 2014, 05:20 PM
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You can leave things only in the trunk of the car - nothing should be visible inside. And don't put things in the trunk after you park - do it when loading the car that morning.

If possible park with the trunk up against another car or a wall or a tree or whatever to make it harder to get to.
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