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Old 05-21-2013, 05:44 AM   #11
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I guess we have just been fortunate... or all the people around us just have nicer stuff... either way we have not had any problems leaving our stuff outside when at the CG.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:00 AM   #12
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We have found that most campers look out for each other without even asking. I know I do when i see neighbor campers head out sightseeing...

We also try to keep our valuables with us in the truck whenever we leave the camp sight. My neighbor camper and I left ELKMONT camp in the Smoky Mtns about the same time to get some things in town. This was in the the noonish time frame. I got back around 2PM in the afternoon and found I could'n t get down my camp site road for a tree being down. I thought it was strange for a dwoned tree as no storms in the area. I went around the other direction in the one way traffic road and got to my site from the other side. The neighbors trees was layig over the access road. He had his 3KW Honda generator chained to this tree. Someone had cut the tree down to steal his generator in broad daylight in the afternoon. TRUE STORY... My neighbor camper and I were the only two camping in this area of the camp ground...

My neighbor got back just alittle later than I did and there we both are standing there in disbelief... Not much you can say... I always carry my 2KW Honda Generator secured in the tailgate corner of my truck bed which also has a locked folding bed cover. It would be easily stolen but the main thing is it is out of sight unless I am using it sitting on the tailgate...


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Old 05-21-2013, 07:00 AM   #13
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We have never had anything stolen from a camp ground. I am not paranoid, but I do take precautions. Only thing I lock is my Surge Protector.

If you can't enjoy yourself for thinking about theft, maybe you are camping in the wrong place.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:08 AM   #14
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in the last 35 years of camping we have never had anything stolen from a CG, as others have said most campers generally look out for each other.
When we camp in some of the more remote parks that do not have as many campers the risk is higher so we tend to put up stuff and lock up better when we go out for the day.
Only time I have had something stolen was at a Cracker Barrel, we parked out back in the RV Pull Thru area with our TT at the time for lunch, someone broke into our Trucks Tool Box and stole a Dewalt Drill and a Flashlight.
I worry more about someone breaking into my truck or sealing something out of the bed of the truck at Wal-Mart than getting something stolen at a CG.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:30 AM   #15
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I agree with RoyBraddy about campers looking out for other campers.

Campers are some of the nicest people I've met!
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:16 AM   #16
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I know of far more people who were stolen from because they left something of value in plain sight then those who have been victim of forcible entry.

I don't leave temptations in plain sight, I leave my campsite lighted, I lock things that have locks.

I'm not paranoid - just a realist
Out of sight is more important than many people realize.

I managed a commercial building which used a public ramp for parking with a wandering security guard and no cameras. Anyone with a half a brain knew that if the guard was on level 2 then there was no guard on level 1 and 3. Almost each and every theft incident our security people needed to investigate was where someone left things out in plain sight and their vehicles were broken into. Some even left toll money out in plain sight.

We've been tent camping for decades and I do admit that we are pretty casual around the campgrounds. That said, as was mentioned we cover our bikes with a tarp and don't leave really valuable stuff hanging out.

If someone is determined to take something then they will likely be successful no matter what precautions are taken. Fortunately it does seem that most campers are decent folks. vic
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:59 PM   #17
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I've never, ever, had anything stolen while camping. I move everything under my awning every night but nothing has ever even been misplaced.
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Old 05-22-2013, 05:34 PM   #18
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In the 25 years the wife and I have been camping together we have been hit once. This was in a high end resort (to us) and it is fully fenced with lights and cameras. In the morning our neighbors told us they were missing some wine out of their cooler. As the morning went on we heard more campers were reporting missing coolers, wine, and beer. The owners looked at the video and saw some teenagers going over the fence with their loot. Cops thought they might know who they were. We lost a Tupperware full of potato salad out of our cooler. we keep the beer and such inside as we had small kids that help themselves to any drinks they find. DW was pissed as it was one of her favorite Tupperware pieces from when she sold the stuff. Of course we did not miss it til lunch time when we went looking for it.
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I think the emptier the campground is, the more careful you have to be, actually. Only time we had a problem was last year on the very first weekend in an almost empty state park. A couple kids from our group woke up to find their very nice bikes missing, and some really junky bikes left in their place. Some kids rode through during the night and evidently decided to upgrade.
When the parks get fuller I think it's harder to know if the owners are around or if anybody else near them is looking out for them so people might think twice.
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I think the emptier the campground is, the more careful you have to be, actually. Only time we had a problem was last year on the very first weekend in an almost empty state park. A couple kids from our group woke up to find their very nice bikes missing, and some really junky bikes left in their place. Some kids rode through during the night and evidently decided to upgrade.
When the parks get fuller I think it's harder to know if the owners are around or if anybody else near them is looking out for them so people might think twice.
good point!
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