When you’re camping in an RV, your belongings are generally safer than they would be if you were in a tent. But campsite robberies are becoming more of a problem these days. Don’t become a victim! Follow these 5 tips to prevent theft while camping.
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Lock your RV! When you leave your campsite and at night, lock your RV door! This is the easiest way to keep unwanted guests from entering your RV and running off with your things! So even if you’re trekking off to the showers, heading down to play on the beach, or are going a few campsites over to sit with friends, lock your RV. You never know who may be watching!
If you have something of great value, the best place to keep it is at home. If it’s something you need to bring with you, then you want to store it somewhere out of sight. The least likely place for something to get stolen is on your person, but you can’t always do this depending on the item and the activity you’re participating in. For example, you can’t keep your Rolex on while swimming or it’s going to get ruined. The trunk of your car or a lockable storage cubby on your RV are great places to lock these things away.
If you need to leave something valuable behind at your campsite, find a good hiding spot for it. Try to think of places no one would look, like small pockets or folds in your sleeping bag or tent. Or hollow out containers once you’re done using them and hide your things inside of them, such as sunblock containers, empty vegetable cans, or even a clean “dirty diaper.” Who would look there? Just take a clean one and wrap your stuff up in it. Secure it the way you would a dirty one and chances are it will be overlooked. Ingenious!
When you set up camp, introduce yourself and your crew to your campsite neighbors. They are more likely to watch out for you once you’ve stuck your hand out to shake theirs. By introducing them to everyone who’s staying with you, they know who is in your party and may recognize someone who doesn’t belong.
Equip your RV with a small alarm system to help keep intruders away. Steal Armor makes remote-controlled alarms that give you a 400-square foot perimeter around your site. If anything moves within that perimeter, the alarm will sound and a strobe light will flash. While this seems like a great idea, what happens when a squirrel runs through the campsite at 4am and sets off the alarm?
It’s unfortunate that you have to worry about keeping your valuables safe while camping in the great outdoors, but crime is a reality. If you can leave your valuables at home, that’s the best way to protect them. If not, follow the steps above so you can enjoy your adventure instead of worrying about your possessions!
Have you ever been a victim of theft at a campground? Do you have a great theft-prevention tip you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!