Comment: Alice Springs

Submitted: Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 20:49
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Vehicle Safety in Alice Springs - we stayed at a hotel run by a well known chain after 7 days on the road from Perth. Both cars in our party were broken into along with 5 others parked in the same Hotel car park. The hotel claims to take precautions to deter break-ins to cars parked in their car park. Locals who are familiar with such issues reckon that vehicle break ins are to be expected. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced similar issues. I expect we will be in a campsite next time we stay in Alice Springs.
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Reply By: my4x4 - Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 21:01

Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 21:01
We also stayed in a popular hotel in Alice Springs about 15 years ago and we had some clothes taken off the clothes line. Spoke to reception who said that it happens from time to time. We suggested they put up a sign to inform their guests, without any luck. We also spoke to someone who had been there for 3 months whom this happened to also.
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Reply By: Member - Outback Gazz - Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 21:27

Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 21:27
Howdy

A few years ago we left 10 motorcycles all chained together with a 12mm multistrand steel crane cable inside 2 chain wire fences of one of the biggest hotel's compound -only to find two of them missing in the morning ! Police found them 35 k's away approx 3 weeks later laying on their side out of fuel and undamaged - one guess who were the culprits ???

Cheers

Gazz
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Follow Up By: John and Regina M - Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 22:10

Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 22:10
Who do you think it was?
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Follow Up By: Member - Outback Gazz - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 07:02

Monday, May 05, 2014 at 07:02
John and Regina

Echucan Bob is on the money !
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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 21:29

Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 21:29
Quite common mate,
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Follow Up By: Member - PhilD_NT - Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 22:26

Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 22:26
Unfortunately it hasn't changed much from the earliest that I've worked there. In some ways it's worse in that we used to wander around town and through the Todd River and across to the Casino at quite late hours. I wouldn't do that now. At times though I have stayed in caravan park's South of the gap and didn't have any sign of problems. I would strongly advise anyone staying in Motels/cabins etc to check that they have properly locked their doors to the room and not a bad idea to lean a chair up against the inside of the door at night. In one Motel we used to regularly have someone trying all the doors through the night, and I don't think it was the Manager. His own car and the trail bike of one of our guys went missing one night and were found at some place well out of town but thankfully with only minor problems. Not the only place to have these issues though. These comments aren't about racial prejudice, just personal experiences
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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 08:54

Monday, May 05, 2014 at 08:54
We left 3 years ago now......best thing we ever done.
Took a year or so to get used to sleeping through the night. I was that used to sleeping with one eye open and getting out of bed chasing someone down the road or having a punch up!
My kids are only just getting used to the real world now.

Cheers
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Reply By: Echucan Bob - Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 22:17

Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 22:17
We stayed at a motel in Kalgoorlie a week ago. The advice was not to leave anything we felt attached to in the car or trailer. People were bussed in from communities for a night on the town, and some of them don't find there way back home.

Whether its Tongans in Canberra or indigenous people in Alice or Kal, we might as well call a spade a spade. In some regions there is a correlation between ethnicity and criminality.

Bob
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Reply By: Bigfish - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 07:02

Monday, May 05, 2014 at 07:02
I,ll tell you who it was...the local blackfellas. Crime is second nature to many of them in the region. Why not?...The penalties are small and it beats work. The majority of the elders are also frustrated by the mongrels behaviour. After dark around Alice it is a whole new world...
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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 11:06

Monday, May 05, 2014 at 11:06
Too true....
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Reply By: Kyle H - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 12:49

Monday, May 05, 2014 at 12:49
Roger
A fellow workmate named Michael in a near new Vic registered silver Prado was probably one of these vehicles that was broken into on the same night.
Tried to break the drivers window then went around to the passengers and broke it, scratch his new paintwork in the process. They rifled through everything but took nothing.
Police said that all they want is money or grog, they don't often take anything else. It was a real setback for his holiday as he struggled to find a replacement window. He was told by police that it happens at this motel about once a month.
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Reply By: wjh41 - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 18:28

Monday, May 05, 2014 at 18:28
And the moral to the story is don't go there,although I have stayed at the caravan parks several times and had no trouble.Wally
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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 19:02

Monday, May 05, 2014 at 19:02
Its too nice a place to miss though......................Just be aware and stay out of town.
If people were to make their thoughts well known by emailing the local Gov and expressing their concern it would probably help everyone.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 21:26

Monday, May 05, 2014 at 21:26
As another ex-resident of A/S i would say its all a matter of luck !!
But break- in's come with the territory .
But you could have your car broken into anywhere ,Ha !!

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Reply By: Member - KBAD - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 21:15

Monday, May 05, 2014 at 21:15
Unfortunately it is not only in the Alice that you need to be careful.
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Reply By: bockstar1 - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 07:54

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 07:54
Somewhat related. My sister lived in Chippendale in inner Sydney for a few years back in the 90s. Her car was broken into a number of times by suspected druggies looking for cash or stuff. The trick was to remove everything from the inside of the car and leave the glovebox and other compartments open. By seeing that there is nothing in the car to take, this would help deter would be thieves from breaking in.
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Follow Up By: Les PK Ranger - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 15:34

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 15:34
A good idea, but inconvenient (I know, not as inconvenient as even one break in).
Suppose if you get used to emptying things into a bag each time, it would discourage scum somewhat.

I read a story somewhere, not sure if urban myth, might have actually been a Google images pic of the event . . .

A fellow had a written note he'd leave on his car dash 'Nothing of value left in vehicle'.

He returned to his car one day to find a broken window and a scrawled message below his writing on the note, 'Just checking'.
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Reply By: The Bunyip - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 16:12

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 16:12
Back in 98 we stayed at one of the caravan parks south of Heavitree Gap.
Once inside the gates we kind of felt safe & I sensed then that it was far enough from town to deter the local foot traffic.
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Reply By: cobber - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 21:18

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 21:18
I saw a bumper sticker on a parked car that read

'I miss Alice Springs'.

So I broke the windows, took the wireless and left half a dozen empty VB tinnies on the front seat with note that read,

'I hope this helps'
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Reply By: Slow one - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 06:03

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 06:03
Lee kernaghan is writing a sequel to "Hat Town".

The new song is named "Fence Town". The number of high fences tells the historical story of the Alice.
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