TIPS TO KEEP SAFE WHEN CAMPING
Camping outdoors generally evokes a good and happy time but occasionally unfortunate campers can be victims of petty thieves and burglars.
Most campers haven’t encountered problems when camping, despite leaving their gear unattended for hours. Yet, unfortunate few have found their belongings, food, medicines and even tents stolen.
If you wonder what to do when camping to ensure safety and security of you and your gear, here is a list of tips to hopefully preventing your camping gear getting stolen.
1 – KEEP VALUABLES IN YOUR CAR
If you are planning not to be around your campsite some time during the day, keep anything that you consider valuable locked away in your car.
It’s true that camping remotely, with no-one around for miles, lessens the chances of people wandering through your campsite, but why risk robbery by leaving valuables unattended if you are not at the campsite.
Obviously, if you are camping in a more crowded ground, the same applies so don’t wander off without putting away your valuable items.
At night, when going to sleep, you’d be safer to do the same and lock your valuables in your car and locking your vehicle. You might think that you would wake up if anyone came near the campsite, but camping and outdoor activities can make you sleep more soundly, so better be safe than sorry.
Obviously vehicles can also be stolen so, it would be recommended not to bring anything valuable with you on the trip if you can’t keep it with you at all times.
2 – KEEP YOUR GEAR NEAR YOU
It is easier to lose and forget stuff if it’s all over the campground, and also easy for thieves to snatch something without you noticing if it’s out of view.
In populated campgrounds your gear is more visible so be aware and keep it close.
3 – USE LOCKS
If you are camping with expensive items like fridges or BBQ, don’t think that they are safe just because they are in a caravan or trailer, they still could be vulnerable to theft. Locking large items with a chain could be good security measures.
A cable lock with an alarm could also be a good suggestion, should the cable be cut, the alarm would set off.
If you have bikes, lock them on a bike rack if available.
Thieves want to get in and out as fast as they can so do not help them by making it easy for them to rob you.
4 – MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS
If you are in a populated camping ground, meeting your neighbors and getting a sense of who they are could be a good idea.
Campers generally look out for each other, and having met your neighbors could mean that they will watch over your site should you be absent. An extra set of eyes on your campsite is always good protection.
Watch out for each other and look out for anyone wandering through that look like they don’t belong.
5 – SHOULD YOU ZIP YOUR TENT UP ?
The opinions about whether or not to zip up your tent, to keep your belongings safe vary greatly:
- Zipping up your tent when you are away could be a sign that the campsite is empty.
- A zipped up tent could imply that there is something valuable inside.
- A zipped up tent, with a lock would imply that a thief would have less time to search inside and might move on.
- A zipped up tent, with a lock, could take too long to enter, entry through the back or the side with a knife would be easier.
- A zipped up tent means that anything of interest is out of sight.
In any case, never keep anything of real value in a tent.
6 – PERSONAL SAFETY
If you own self defense equipment like pepper sprays or gas pistols, and feel safer and more protected having them with you, the choice is yours, but all and all, no phone, jewellery, or wallet is worth facing danger or confrontation with a thief.Camping is generally safe and while theft does occur, minimize the chances of being a victim with these simple steps.