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Protecting Your RV from BurglaryRVs are serious investments, some top of the line RVs are loaded with thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment and accessories. Add in your personal effects and there is no limit to how much your RV is worth. While is RV burglaries are uncommon, they do happen. This article will describe ways to protect your investment from tips and tricks to RV specific alarm systems.RV Security for BeginnersEveryday ProtectionSome of these tips may seem obvious but they are sometimes looked over or forgotten about. Always lock up your RV, windows and doors, if you will be leaving for any period of time. This includes short trips to the campground general store. Let someone trusted know if you will be leaving your RV unattended for a period of time. Do not tempt potential thieves by keeping your hundred dollar hiking shoes in the picnic area or brag about your new two thousand dollar TV.A good rule of thumb is: If you don’t need it, don’t bring it. There is no reason to keep your diamond necklace in your RV if you’re hiking and fishing. While seclusion sounds like a great option to get away from everybody this makes your vehicle a more desirable target for theft. Crowds and lights are a deterrent from theft. Feel free to check the security of a campsite before you set up. Are there lights and cameras? Is there a gate to get in? Are their regular patrols by the site staff?These factors all add up to make for a more secure site. Make sure the locks and latches on your RV are reliable. Try breaking in to the RV yourself without causing damage of course. Make sure you try your cargo holds and windows as well. Remember a thief will not be concerned about damaging your RV to get it in, so consider adding extra locks or higher quality latches to make it as difficult as possible.Consider an Alarm SystemYou may think you are staying in a safe and reliable campground and you only need to security measures that came with your RV but there are bad apples everywhere. It is wise to consider upping your security with alarm systems. This can be as simple as motion triggered lights to virtual fences with live video feeds. These systems can also be connected to security networks, the local police and yourself to immediately alert anyone when suspicious activity occurs. Companies such as RV Guardian and RV Security offer an array of products.Rarely Mentioned TipsSecure your license plate when not in use. License plates are surprisingly stolen fairly often to avoid taxes and fees. They are usually costly to replace.Spare tires are also a common target for theft.Do away with the laundry hamper door.Always make sure your trailer hitch has a lock.Switch out the factory installed locks. While rare, some burglaries have been committed by dealership employees with master keys.Invest in window security film to keep thieves from shattering windows to gain access.We hope this guide was a helpful resource in helping make sure your property remains your property.
I hope this quick little article may help you out or may give up you a tip you needed to keep you and your things safe. As this article states most campgrounds are safe, but always go by your gut, if you do not feel comfortable with what you see (or don’t) leave!
Posted on May 20, 2014, in The world as i see it as a camper and who loves his country and tagged boondocking, camping, outdoors, protecting your rv, rv security, rving, safety, travel. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.