[Editor’s note: This is a rerun, but the information is still relevant. We have retained the previous comments, which have many very helpful safety tips.]
By Bob Difley
RVers, and especially boondockers, take safety seriously. We tend to camp out in the hinterlands, often far from any possible response from law enforcement and well beyond the possibility of an RV burglar being caught in the act.
Safety can be broken down into two issues: personal safety and protection from burglary. Here I will offer some ways to deter or prevent the chances of break-ins when you are boondocking and away from your rig – auto touring or going to town for supplies, for instance.
You can take some basic security measures to thwart any but a dedicated thief, which you are not likely to run up against. For instance, did you know that many RV storage compartments have the same locks, which can be opened with any key with the CH751 identity? Check yours. If that’s what you have, change your locks.
Additional easy security considerations include:
- Close blinds and drapes when you’re gone so the curious potential RV burglar can’t see what you have inside.
- If you don’t have an electronic security system, pick up a small red LED light and mount next to your entry door controlled by a switch on the inside. When you go out, turn it on – its power requirement is negligible. It looks like a security system is turned on.
- Do not leave anything valuable like a portable generator outside if you are going to be gone long, unless it is secured with a heavy-duty chain.
- Don’t tell strangers in town where you are camped.
Most thieves are products of opportunity – when it is easy for them to take something.
Keep your valuables out of sight and follow these few pointers – removing the opportunity – and it will prevent most grab-and-run thieves.
Editor: For more information about “How to make your RV compartments more secure,” watch this short video by the late Gary Bunzer.
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