RV expert and author Mark Polk recently offered some tips to avoid being the target of thieves while RVing on RVTravel.com.
Polk says that RVs can be the targeted by criminals since they often contain several expensive items all in one place, such as laptop computers, GPS units, jewelry and cameras.
He says rest stops, gas stations and convenience stores may leave RV owners vulnerable to crime. Owners should make sure to stop during daylight hours when possible and try to take turns using facilities to ensure the vehicle is never unattended. Making sure to lock the doors and remove valuables, like wallets and cell phones, from sight before walking away is important as well.
RVers who stop for the night at a Walmart parking lot or other boondocking location should try to park in a well-lit area to discourage crime. Making sure the door is facing the most populated area of the parking lot can discourage thieves too.
While campgrounds are usually safe, RVers shouldn't let their guard down while camping either. Polk reminds us that it's important to lock all doors and secure all outdoor gear whenever you're away from the campsite. Valuables should be stored inside the vehicle since many RVs use the same key for outside storage compartments.