When enjoying a great camping holiday, the last thing you want are opportunist thieves ruining your experience. Being proactive in protecting your belongings will help put your mind at ease and prevent your valuable possessions from being put at risk. With this in mind, below are just a few of the simple steps you can take in order to protect your belongings from theft on your next camping trip.
Plan your location carefully
First things first, think carefully about where you’re planning to stay. The safer the area, the lower the risk of theft. In general the more rural your campsite is, the less likely there are to be nearby thieves looking for valuables to steal. When you’re setting up your tent or caravan, try and choose a spot that is hidden from the road as this will prevent onlookers from viewing your belongings. When choosing a campsite, it’s also a good idea to take note of the security measures that they have in place to protect their visitors. Surveillance cameras, security checkpoints and safety patrols are all good signs to look out for when it comes to choosing a safe campsite.
When packing for your trip, think about the items that you actually need and leave anything that isn’t essential at home. In particular, you want to limit the number of gadgets and expensive valuables you’re bringing as these are most appealing to thieves and the belongings that you’re likely to be most upset about losing. Leaving items such as your tablet or laptop at home is a safer idea and will actually give you a great excuse to step away from the screen for a few days.
Get to know your neighbours
When you arrive at the campsite, introduce yourself to your neighbours. Building a sense of trust with your fellow campers is likely to put your mind at ease. Getting to know your neighbours means you can ask them to watch your belongings when you’re away and vice versa. Ask them to tell you if they notice any suspicious behaviour so that you can take the necessary precautions to keep your belongings safe.
Keep valuables close by
Never leave valuables in your tent when heading out for the day. Store them safely in the car or carry them in a bag with you. For walking around the campsite and heading out on excursions, it’s a great idea to carry a small pouch bag that you can attach to your person. This will allow you to keep items like phone and wallet with you at all times so that you never have to leave them unattended. Keeping your valuables concealed in this way is also far safer than leaving them lying about on show for opportunist thieves to see.
If you’re staying in a caravan there are additional security features you can use to deter thieves. Window and door locks will make it difficult for thieves to break in and potentially stop them from trying altogether. Setting up an alarm system will also act as a deterrent whilst alerting the local area in the event of a break in.