Stop thief! Keeping the sticky-fingered out of your RV

We RVers, and especially boondockers who tend to camp out in the wilds of nature, are often concerned for not only our own safety, but that of our rig and its contents as well. We are often far from any possible response from law enforcement and probably won’t come upon a thief being caught in the act.

Safety can be broken down into two issues: personal safety and protection from burglary. Here are some ways to deter the chances of break-ins when you are boondocking and away from your rig, auto touring or going to town for supplies.

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 lockers 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 can’t see what you have inside.
* If you don’t have an electronic security system, pick up a small red LED light from Radio Shack and mount next to your entry door controlled by a switch on the inside. When you go out, turn it on–it’s 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.

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