Keep your items safe.
My neighbour Shzz came home to Half Moon Bay on Sunday to find that someone had tried to steal her bikes. Safety and living on an RV Park is no different from living in a home. There is always someone ready to want to steal your personal items.
We have been living in our RV for 3 years and in all that time, the only thing that we have had stolen is a knife. We left the knife outside on a table and it was more fool us. It was an expensive knife worth around $100.
Shzz decided she would like to write a pice for my blog and give you all some advice on looking after your items.
This piece has been written by Shzz Erkalan
Safety at the Campground
For the most part, campgrounds are safe. You’re more likely to fall and skin a knee or stare down an angry chipmunk than run into trouble of a human kind. It’s not so much that security is an integral part of most campground operations (although fenced-in perimeters, security gates, cameras and 24-hour security are fairly common), but rather RVers aren’t likely to prey on one another – and criminal elements can find better and easier scores elsewhere. Frankly, it’s tough for outsiders to sneak around rows and rows of parked RVs looking for loot. But again, it pays to be careful.
Get in to the habit of locking your rig every time you depart. I know, the place looks so quaint and charming nothing could happen, right? Why take chances – it takes but a matter of seconds to lock up and dissuade the family of kleptomaniacs next door from rummaging through your CD collection. This RV lockdown should include securing exterior storage compartments and windows as well. Close blinds and shades to make “casing the joint” a tougher task. Another perk? Shades keep the sun off the fabrics, which reduces fading. Take cooking items, chairs, and anything you want to be there upon your routine inside the RV or tow vehicle when you’re off at the swimming hole. Set up a neighbor watch by getting to know the people next to you, who are more likely to look after someone they know than complete strangers.
Consider a few devices to protect your vehicle and valuables while you’re away. Although it won’t win you any friends when it goes off accidentally in the night, a vehicle alarm system is a useful defense when you’re away. Motion-detecting lights, also known as “scare lights,” should scatter would-be intruders (not to mention critters). Safes are fairly common options on higher-end RVs, serving as an ideal spot for jewelry and traveler’s checks. If you’re worried about RV theft, invest in a trailer hitch lock or more pricey Lojack-type recovery apparatus. Otherwise, a hungry looking dog might do you just as good. Personally, I like to travel with a Louisville Slugger – just in case.
The choice of the RV park itself is also important. Question management about security. Do they have nightly patrols? Is the park well-lit? How hard is it for non-guests to come and go? Opt for a visible campsite in the heart of the park if safety is utmost on your mind. Travel the grounds in pairs and stay in lighted areas. RV parks in urban settings may be more prone to crime than the Ma and Pa campground tucked away in the boonies. But don’t let that be an excuse for letting your guard down.
Thank you Shzz
Safety of your RV
- For safety, lock up your RV always when not at home
- Lock any items like bikes with chains
- Get yourself a safe in your RV for Personal Items.
- Don’t leave anything out that could get taken easily
- Attach safety lights – a well-lit area deters unwelcome guests
- Close large windows when you go out.
- Lock all tools and accessories in under bins for safety.
- Keep a whistle handy if someone trys to break in and your home use it to raise an alarm.
- Look through windows first before you open your door to let someone in.
- Add an alarm to your door so it will make a loud sound should it be open by force.
Having a gun in your RV is your choice for safety too, in some states you are allowed a gun. If a gun is something that you do not want then think about getting a stun gun instead they really do pack a punch and would deter anyone trying to break in.
Check out this torch and stun gun for safety.
Think safety and security every time.
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