RV Theft Prevention Tips

Thursday, April 16, 2015


rv-theftAs the weather warms, more and more recreational vehicles (RVs) can be seen on the roads heading for campgrounds and other isolated settings. As portable homes on wheels, RVs provide a much-anticipated escape for those tired of the hustle and bustle of city life, nine-to-five jobs and hectic schedules.

Occasionally these getaways are ruined by theft. Motorhomes are easy targets for burglars given that they are often parked in remote areas, and they contain many valuable items.

However, you can help reduce the risk of RV theft with these tips:

It may seem obvious, but it’s important to lock your doors and windows when you leave the vicinity of your RV - even if trusted neighbours are nearby. Most RV thefts occur simply by walking in through an unlocked door.

In addition to locking your doors and windows, install a pad lock or a cylinder lock around the kingpin.

Consider getting boots that cover the wheels and prevent them from turning. The boot also prevents lugs from being stolen off the wheels.

Eliminate temptations. If you plan on being away from the RV for an extended period of time, lock easily transportable items such as bikes, chairs and lawn equipment inside. Remember to pull the shades as well.

Ask people if they are aware of any RV thefts that have taken place in the area. They may have information that you can use to protect your belongings such as thefts occurring at a certain time of day, specific items that are targeted, or break-ins happening in an unusual way.

Consider how you park your RV. Many owners will back into a lot because it’s easier to simply drive out when it’s time to leave. But this also makes it easier for a thief to hitch up your trailer, or jump in your cab and drive it away. Instead, drive your unit into the lot so it is inconvenient for someone to make off with it.

  • Get to know other campers, so you can keep a watchful eye on everyone’s property.
  • Consider purchasing a security alarm system. Some security systems will set up a virtual fence around your RV to detect unauthorized entry, smoke, loss of power, and high water levels. Others have motion sensors that detect when someone is inside. You can also get a system with GPS technology. If your RV is broken into, you can be alerted immediately thanks to a monitoring device you carry with you. By purchasing a security alarm system, you may also be able to take advantage of RV insurance discounts.

It would be a shame to have your outdoor adventure spoiled by a thief. Keep these tips in mind when you’re camping - and even when your RV is parked in driveway. That way, you can prevent would-be burglars from spoiling your holiday plans this summer.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on September 20, 2013 and has been updated for relevancy and accuracy.