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Old 11-20-2013, 08:54 AM   #1
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How to thwart those thieving burglars

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How to thwart those thieving burglars

by Bob Difley

RVers, and especially those who tend to camp out in the hinterlands, are often far from any possible response from law enforcement and need to be cautious about bad guys. Your rig can be well beyond the possibility of 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 or prevent the chances of break-ins when you are boondocking and away from your rig, auto touring, or going to town for supplies, for instance.
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 thatís what you have, change your locks.
Additional easy security considerations include:
  • Close blinds and drapes when youíre gone so the curious canít see what you have inside.
  • If you donít 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 ó 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 ó when it is easy for them to take something. Keep your valuables out of sight and follow these few pointers ó removing the opportunity ó and it will prevent most grab-and-run thefts.
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:19 AM   #2
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Our first RV (fifth wheel) we purchased used, had a keypad with flashing LEDs by the door that was installed by the previous owner. Didn't do anything, but it looked real enough................... Only maintenance was to occasionally change the battery that powered it.
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Old 11-20-2013, 01:43 PM   #3
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My battery box and both propane tanks are chained and padlocked to the trailer, after an attempted battery theft while overnighting at a truck stop. Sad that it has to come down to that. A 1911 is also an excellent theft deterrent and one goes with me everywhere I go.
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Old 11-20-2013, 02:37 PM   #4
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On a similar note, I love the people that have the wooden signs hanging in front of their camper stating their name and town. I'm sure 75% of the people camping in the area here live 25 miles or less from the campground. Can you make it any more obvious that you're not home?
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On a similar note, I love the people that have the wooden signs hanging in front of their camper stating their name and town. I'm sure 75% of the people camping in the area here live 25 miles or less from the campground. Can you make it any more obvious that you're not home?
Especially those that post what they're doing on Facebook....
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:57 PM   #6
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Especially those that post what they're doing on Facebook....
Or on the forums. I don't post any pics or info about a trip until I get back. It's very easy to get basic info on people. For example, I'm a single guy and am on some dating websites. I was talking to one girl who only told me her first name and where she worked. Within a few minutes I was able to find her salary, her last name, her maiden name, where she exactly worked, where she lived, when she bought her house and the price, a picture of the house, where the ex husband lived, her pinterest page and her entire family tree dating back to the mid 1800's. It wasn't hard, I didn't pay a cent for anything and I probably could have found more too.

And for the record, I've been burned in the past by girls I met online so now I do some research before meeting them in person. I'm not stalking, I'm just looking out for myself before a meetup.
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Old 11-24-2013, 09:40 AM   #7
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Like the idea of the blinking red light mimicking an active alarm. My 2 80 to 100 lb dogs inside typically will keep strangers [and many friends] from entering the TT when we're gone. Otherwise follow the advise of keeping valuables out of sight and secured. Keep in mind that if you're in a CG your fellow campers will have plenty of time to recon your site. A good idea to keep stuff out of site unless you are using it. My Honda goes with me in the back of the truck if we're going to be gone for a while. Neighbors who you have taken the time to meet will also help to keep strangers out of your site. I have been known to set up a cheap motion alarm that is focused on the entry to the TT. Locate the alarm where it can be heard outside since it will let the visitor know they have been detected. The best defense is to keep a clean campsite and don't get out all your stuff just to get it out. I always keep a couple 4x6 tarps to cover things just to keep out the prying eyes.

Have never been a 1911 guy, my choice is a G21 that will be on my person when we drive into the campsite after our sidetrip. Dogs [big or otherwise] will work just about a well as any alarm system. Amazing how many people are afraid of our furry friends.
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We don't carry anything in the camper or in the basement storage that can't be easily and fairly cheaply replaced. And we leave the storage areas unlocked. I would much rather replace a ladder or a chair or a cooler than have damage done to the camper from someone trying to get in. In over 30 years of camping, we have never had a problem with theft. We also make it a point to get acquainted with our close neighbors when possible, which seems to help.
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On a similar note, I love the people that have the wooden signs hanging in front of their camper stating their name and town. I'm sure 75% of the people camping in the area here live 25 miles or less from the campground. Can you make it any more obvious that you're not home?
I'm one of those folks with the wooden sign with our names on it and the city we live in. If someone is bored enough to try and find "moe & peg" in our city of 250,000 people well good luck.
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I'm one of those folks with the wooden sign with our names on it and the city we live in. If someone is bored enough to try and find "moe & peg" in our city of 250,000 people well good luck.
some signs have Moe & Peg Gunderson and that makes it easy to find Mine only has my first name on it and NO city...
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