Personal security for ourselves and family is something people need to be very aware of while travelling in an RV nowadays. While controlled campgrounds offer a more secure environment for a night’s sleep, the same cannot be said for dry camping in the boonies, parking lots or rest stops. When electing to boondock in one of these, it may be wise to observe the old saying “There is safety in numbers.” That is to say, select based on other similar travellers doing the same at that location. Parking overnight in a vacated remote area that you are not familiar with may attract trouble.
Self-contained RV’s allow the inhabitants to stay inside throughout the evening with the exception of those travelling with pets. As “Fido” will require going out for a comfort break, one or more of the inhabitants will have to exit the RV. Also, in some remote locations your presents may attract someone that may be seeking help to come and knock on your door. The problem here will be determining if this is a true call for help or a rouse leading to a different agenda.
So, let’s look at some ways we can better insure our security while RVing.
- Avoid parking overnight in unfamiliar remote or vacant site locations.
- Secure all doors and accessible windows.
- Always lock the deadbolt. A handful of keys can open the latch lock.
- Do not open the door to a stranger. Speak via a window to determine his needs.
- Illuminate the outside with patio and scare lights if you must go outside.
- Consider replacing outside lighting fixtures with LED type and leave them lit all night.
- Do not use your levelling jacks or air down, if so equipped. These may delay a hasty departure should it be deemed necessary.
- If things don’t look right, pack up and move on.
Your cellular phone, in addition to being a quick link for help, can also be used as a trouble deterrent. If you see a person or vehicle that you feel may be a threat, make yourself visible and look like you are talking on the phone. Look directly in their direction. If they are up to no good, they may change their mind thinking you have called the police. If they are not, they will not be bothered.
In addition to personal security, one must secure their property. Don’t leave items that can be stolen outside. Be sure all basement doors are locked. Having a locking fuel cap(s) can also help reduce the temptation of someone trying to steal your fuel.
There are, of course, many other things you can get or do to reduce your risk of falling prey to any of these threats. But, perhaps number one is to select your route and overnight stays wisely.