Motor homes are often seen as a prime target for theft, but there are steps you can take to protect your RV.
If you’re planning on travelling with your motor home, you might be worried about its security. While there’s no way to guarantee that your RV won’t be stolen, there are several steps you can take to protect it.
Here are some things to know about motor home security:
Know your risks. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) says that motor homes are among the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States. According to the NICB, 20 percent of all thefts in 2016 involved a vehicle that was left unlocked or with keys inside; another 20 percent involved vehicles that were broken into using brute force or tools such as screwdrivers. Be sure not to leave valuables visible inside the cab or near the rear door where they can be seen by passersby.
Don’t leave it unattended. If you plan on leaving your RV parked overnight at a campground or rest area, don’t leave valuables inside — even if they’re locked up tight. Thieves know how valuable these vehicles can be, and they won’t hesitate to break into them looking for items like GPS units and cell phones.
Keep it covered
Motor homes are not only expensive investments, but they can also be easy targets for thieves. If you park your RV overnight at a campground or in your driveway, make sure to cover it with a tarp or other protective covering to prevent unauthorized access. If possible, park in well-lit areas where you can see anyone approaching your vehicle.
Keep valuables out of sight
It’s important to keep valuables out of sight when travelling in an RV because they’re easy targets for thieves who might break into the vehicle while you’re away from it — especially if it’s parked in an isolated area like a campground or scenic overlook. It’s also smart to keep all of your electronics charged up so that if someone does break into your RV while you’re away from it, they won’t have access to any expensive equipment such as laptops or cell phones that can be easily sold on the black market or used to access sensitive information stored on them.
Securing Your Vehicle: Where You Park Matters
If you’re going camping in an RV, one thing that will help keep thieves away is where you park it. Try to avoid parking near dark corners or areas where people don’t usually go because this is where thieves tend to target their victims. Also try not to park in front of any businesses like gas stations or convenience stores because those are two places that thieves often target for quick cash. If possible, try parking somewhere well lit with lots of foot traffic so that if someone tries to break into your vehicle, someone might see them doing it. To know more about security for your motor home, contact us.