Stolen Utility Trailers Find Out Why!!

Our organization has uncovered a growing trend.  What is happening is because the manufactures are making these trailers as cheap as possible for example...

Cheap Taillights....

Cheap Safety Chains....

They even fight a $8.00 dollar law in Virginia the company is Carry On trailers...In Virginia we require at least 8.33 of DOT Type C-2 tape to be applied on the back.  CARRY ON Trailers has continued to support destroying this legislation!!  See this video.

But back to the Stolen Trailers...What is happening they are being stolen...and the cheap VIN number plate removed... Then they are transported to another state or even in another County in Your State.  Then they call DMV...and tell them I have a HOMEMADE trailer.

Then the DMV's in each state issues a new VIN number!!!!  We have recorded numerous trailers that have been issued more than one VIN Number.  Then they are being sold on E-bay.!

Don't Care?  Well guess what we pay for this activity in our Insurance Rates!!!
The Utility Trailers sells a new REPLACEMENT to the Victim they make money....the insurance company's charge us more money...everybody win's except the consumer.

    Police crack down harder on people who steal trailers

    Posted: Mar 02, 2010 6:52 PM EST

    By Katie Nilsson

    ROCKFORD (WREX) -  Investigators say it's a growing problem in Northern Illinois, people stealing trailers and claiming they made them themselves.   That's because you used to be able to just file paperwork to get them registered.

    As of the first of the year, that law changed right.  Now, your trailer will be inspected by an investigator with the Secretary of State's office.  Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato says you'll also have to prove you made it, by showing receipts for materials you used to build it. "Many of them were stealing commercial trailers, obliterating the identification numbers and then going to the secretary of state's office and registering them as a home made trailer."

    "This was an easy way for them to obtain a number and the paperwork for the trailer," adds Northern Illinois Auto Theft Task Force Investigator Hank Lipinski.  An investigation by that task force helped change state law.  It was trying to help an area couple whose horse trailer was stolen.  The investigation led them to a man, who'd registered it with the state as homemade.  Bruscato says the state will take simple steps so people can't do that anymore. "It's rather obvious the difference between a home made trailer and a commercially built trailer and up to this point in time it was very easy for somebody to steal a trailer and basically get a clear title for it."

    Police estimate of the roughly 4,000 registered homemade trailers in Boone and Winnebago Counties, only about ten of them really are.  They think the rest are commercially made and stolen.  Investigator Lipinski urges people who know or think they may have one to come forward.  "It'll give the opportunity for the honest person who obtained one from his buddy, the opportunity to get rid of his trailer and not face prosecution, or possibly not face prosecution because of that.

    If you're caught with a stolen trailer, you could be charged with a felony and be sent to prison for seven years. If you'd like to turn one in call the Northern Illinois Auto Theft Task Force at (815) 977-5001.

    Saturday, July 03, 2010

    Utility trailer thefts reported
    The Hancock County Sheriff's Office is investigating several complaints of utility trailers being stolen in Hancock County.

    Sheriff's Detective Barry Boutwell said the department has handled reports of four trailers being stolen in the past 12 days.

    Owners of utility trailers should keep them in buildings, locked or chained, Boutwell said.

    If suspicious activity is seen, residents should contact the sheriff's office, 419-422-2424.

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