Car prowlers broke into a couples vehicle while they were backpacking on a six day trip. Thieves stole hidden items including a ring of house keys, a cell phone and vehicle registration. Thieve also cut the battery cables leaving the car disabled. Upon return to their home(4 hours away) they discovered their home had been burglarized and the stolen set off keys left on a table.
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Recommendations for keeping your vehicle safe often suggest keeping everything out of sight or not in your vehicle. This seems like a sensible and practical solution on the surface, but what are RV folks to do? Everything they own may be in their trailer/vehicle/RV.
Thieves are often looking for quick and quiet in and out.
Here are some safety practices to consider.
- Use drop off services of Park Services or friends when possible to avoid leaving your vehicle unattended for long periods of time
- Leave your vehicle in a busy area under observation or campgrounds with hosts or rangers in attendance
- If you must drive yourself, park in a visible area near other cars or restrooms. Traffic discourages thieves.
- Take your registration with you rather than leave it in the car particularly if you have a home address listed on the registration.
- Ensure that doors are locked and alarms activated
- Obscure from view anything in your vehicle before arriving at parking lot area. Thieves often wait and observe in parking lots until a promising target arrives.
The crumpled blanket covering valuables is a signal to prowlers there is something worth looking for. The glove box while convenient, is the first place thieves will look for your registration and address.
Many Rv ers keep copies of valuable (and necessary) papers in a safe bolted to the frame of the RV. If you maintain a safety deposit box that someone can access for you it is always a good idea to keep and extra copy and a list insurances policy numbers, credit cards a backup of your phone contacts. It is a good idea to keep copies of all important papers in a second location in case of theft or destruction.
I chose to live my life governed by common sense not fear. I refuse to live life cowering behind locked doors afraid of what might happen. But common sense goes a long way to keeping us safe along the way......