youtubeMany contemplating or entering the RV lifestyle question whether RV camping is safe? Statistically speaking, camping in an RV is very safe, plus a pleasant way to enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

“For the most part, campgrounds are safe. You’re more likely to fall and skin a knee or stare down an angry chipmunk than run into trouble of a human kind.”, says RVer Brent Peterson.

However, many fail to ask the question or take into consideration, “How safe is my home during my absence while I am on the road RVing?” 

Here are 12 things you can do to make your home less attractive to burglars while you are away.

1. Have someone house-sit in your absence.

2. Let a trusted neighbor know when you will be gone and ask them to keep an eye on your home, pick up the mail or other delivered items and maybe mow your lawn to give it an occupied look.

3. If your local law enforcement offers a vacation home check, take advantage of it.

4. Set lights on timers to mimic your normal routine.

5. Install exterior motion lights that will activate when motion is detected.

6. Install a wireless motion sensor on the exterior of your home that will activate any 120- volt item within your home when motion is detected. It can be hooked up to turn on a TV, radio, lamp, etc in your house to make it appear someone is home when a burglar approaches.

7, Install annunciators around the exterior of your house (driveway, walkways, under cover areas or other areas burglars are likely to pass by when casing your home). The audible sound will let them know they have been detected and hopefully convince them to leave. After all, if they can hear an annunciator, the neighbors probably can too.

8. Don’t share your real time location when on the road in your RV. While it’s tempting to post pictures on social media of your awesome campsite and the beautiful scenery you are enjoying, it lets people know (criminals included) you are not currently at home and not likely to return soon. With all the information on the internet, it only takes a few clicks for a criminal to determine where you live. Even if you have a house sitter, why invite trouble? Save posting pictures until you return home. Friends and family will enjoy them just as much then.

9. Wireless cameras and doorbells like the Ring can send an alert to your smart phone when motion or noise is detected in or around your home. Note: Look up the non 911 number for the law enforcement agency in your home town and add it to the contact list in your cell phone. If you ever need to dispatch law enforcement to your home when you are away camping, calling 911 isn’t going to be very effective slowing down response time.

10. If you don’t want to be bothered by alerts to your smart phone at 2:00 in the morning when small mammals enter your yard, you might consider displaying fake cameras on the exterior of your home as a deterrent rather than the real thing.

11. Bar doors and windows to make it more difficult for a burglar to gain access to your home.

12. Install deep throw dead bolts and reinforced strike plates on all entry doors to make your doors harder to force open.


Peace of Mind Knowing Your Home is Secure While You're Away

By implementing some or all of these items, it will make your home less attractive to potential burglars during your absence. The peace of mind that your home is secure will allow you to fully enjoy all the Pacific Northwest has to offer an RVer.

Dave Helgeson
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Dave Helgeson is the MHRV Show Director. He and his wife love to travel across the west in their RV. Dave writes about all things RVing but loves to share destinations and boondocking advice.

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0 #2 Tom Hyde 2021-04-01 18:56
Why didn’t you mention a good self installed burglar alarm? I think your tips are great but can’t replace a good alarm Mine has window and door sensors, motion detectors and both indoor and outdoor cameras. All can be monitored on my cell phone. If there is a suspected incident I will also get notifications before law enforcement is called. It can also control lights and detect smoke and fire. I feel I am totally covered when I am on the road.
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0 #1 Patti 2021-03-14 20:23
Great tips! Especially #8 about Social Media. I’m always shocked when someone posts pictures when I know they are actually away from home. It just seems like an invitation for someone to break in!
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