Crime in RV Trailers

Kathleen Roberts
Be smart and be safe.

Crime in RV trailers is a serious concern that many people have, especially people who are new to the camping lifestyle. This is understandable when you consider that the evening news is nearly a full hour of the sad stories of victims of crime. Is there a similar problem in the countless campgrounds across the country?

Campground Crime

If you have been trying to find statistics about the crime rate in campgrounds, you may have difficult time finding information. The reason is simple: Crime in RVs is very rare.

At most, you may witness a domestic disturbance or possibly a fellow camper who has had a bit too much to drink and has become slightly out of hand. In fact, the odds of falling victim to a serious crime in a campground are about one in 25,000. This is good news for anyone who worries about the safety of RV parks. However, do not allow a small possibility to go ignored. It is still important to be careful and be smart while you are camping.

Avoid Crime in RV Trailers

Here are a few tips to help you avoid crime in RV trailers. Keep these tips in mind when you take your next trip:

  • Lock up your RV whenever you leave, even if it is only for a short time. This includes locking windows and any outside storage spaces.
  • Pull the shades and keep your area picked up. Eliminating temptations will greatly reduce the chances of theft in your camping trailer. You don't want your new hiking gear or fancy camping cookware to disappear.
  • Camp around other campers. You've heard the expression that there is safety in numbers. This applies to camping very well. Fellow campers tend to watch out for each other, especially so if you have taken the time to get to know your neighbors.

Additionally, thieves tend to avoid heavily populated areas. If you will be leaving your campsite for an extended period of time, it is a good idea to let your neighbors know, as well as the ranger or campground host.

  • Invest in some security equipment. An alarm, deadbolt and motion detecting lights will deter intruders. It is a small price to pay for peace of mind.
  • Consider a safe for valuables. Better yet, don't bring any valuables. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. It is much safer to use credit cards or travelers checks.
  • Use a trailer hitch lock to prevent theft.
  • While roaming the RV Park, always go in pairs and walk in well lit areas only.
  • Select parks that are secure. If you aren't sure, ask.
  • Avoid bringing firearms while you are RV camping. This only gives you a false sense of security and may increase the risk of accidents

Choosing an RV Park

Some feel that camping in a National Park may have more danger than camping at a KOA or a family owned campground. Usually this is due to individuals who think the forest is a secluded place to set up a methamphetamine lab. One study said that National Park Service officers are 12 times more likely to be hurt in a crime than FBI agents. Of course, the FBI agents don't spend as much time around the general public as a Park Ranger so this study may be a bit unbalanced. This shouldn't deter you from enjoying the nation's beautiful National Parks! Things happen, but it is still highly unlikely that you will run into problems.

When choosing a campground or RV park for your camping trip, ask questions about the facility before making reservations. Things to ask about include:

  • Does the park have surveillance cameras in place?
  • Is the front gate secure or can people run in and out as they please--even if they are not camping there?
  • Does the park have a regular patrol to check on the safety of the campers?

It is also helpful to ask friends who also enjoy RV camping what parks they recommend. It may also be good to avoid parks in big, metro areas that have higher crime rates.

Camp franchises like KOA or Jellystone are great choices. Not only are they safe, family parks, but they have lots of planned activities as well. You can make form new friendships that can last a lifetime.

Don't let the fear of crime in RV trailers keep you from a great vacation. Camping is safe and a great way to get away from it all--especially crime.

Crime in RV Trailers