No one wants to imagine that their RV or camper or the things
inside of it will be stolen, but it’s always a possibility. If you aren’t
vigilant, a thief could rob you blind. There are two basic threats facing a
trailer. Like a car, they can be simply stolen, and like a house, they can be
broken into. Either circumstance could lead to a serious hit in terms of losing
both costly items and beloved possessions.
You don’t have let that happen
though, and MidMaine Storage Solutions here to provide you with a few tips for
stopping would-be robbers. Read on to learn more.
In real estate, the common saying
is “location, location, location!” and in RV security, a similar logic applies.
There are locations where you will be more likely to have a break in or vehicle
theft, and there are locations where you’ll be less likely to have one. Often,
thieves will look for an RV that has some level of seclusion so that they can
ply their trade without fear of being discovered. Secluded corners of
campgrounds can be dangerous for this reason. If you can find some real
isolation, away from normal campgrounds and high traffic areas, you might be
able to give yourself an advantage.
In addition to where you park, it’s
also important to consider how you park. If you have a travel trailer or
camper, it’s simple enough for a thief to back their own truck up to your
hitch, hook up, and drive away with your trailer. A hitch dolly will allow you
to easily turn your trailer around so the hitch isn’t accessible from the road.
Just make sure to lock the hitch dolly up in a place where the thieves can’t
Being vigilant with your normal
security measures is extremely important. Keeping your door locked whenever
you’re away from your camper is a valuable first step, but it might not be
enough. As much as possible, try to keep your windows closed and latched shut.
A thief can simply cut the screen on an open window and climb inside. It may
seem like a pain to think about this every time you leave your trailer, but
these simple diversions can help to keep thieves away.
Temptations for Theft
Anything of value that a thief can
see from the outside of your camper or trailer will essentially be a guaranteed
profit, and they’ll be more likely to put in the work to get it. Try to keep
things like laptops, tablets, cell phones, wallets, guns, and purses out of
view, especially when you leave the camp. If you want to take it a step
further, you can invest in a lockbox or safe inside your RV to keep your
possessions safe. This will help you to deter thieves from your valuables, even
if they find their way inside.
In addition to the standard locks
and latches, there are a few good products on the market for keeping your RV
safe. There are now a variety of alarm and electronic security systems
available to the RV owner that can be stalled with relative ease. Some of these
systems even feature things like cell phone connectivity so that you can check
on the status of your trailer or RV wherever you go. A GPS tracking device is
another helpful item if your RV gets stolen, but if you want to prevent that
from happening in the first place, pick up a trailer hitch lock. These slide
over your trailer hitch and keep it from being used to tow your trailer away.
Winter storage can at times be
tricky and potentially misleading. Consider your investment. Protect your
investment. Some things to consider for
your winter storage:
What is your most important consideration? Price or security?
Do you want your RV/camper exposed to the harsh Maine winter
elements? Snow, ice, freezing rain?
Is the storage facility secure? Does it have 24/7 camera security.
Can just anyone access the storage facility once your vehicle is
Are there rodent control procedures in place?
What is the reputation of the facility?
MidMaine Storage Solutions offers 24/7 camera surveillance at our indoor
Corinna, Maine Facility.
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