Stay safe: Tips to avoid an RV break-in

Though theft and break-in numbers have been decreasing in recent years, that doesn’t mean that RVers should rest on their laurels when it comes to securing their vehicles. With the growing prominence of luxury features like HD TVs and the popularity of high-tech gadgets like iPods and smartphones, an RV can be a good target for criminals. Fortunately there are a few things that owners can do to make sure that their rigs are safe and secure.

RVers can help protect their investment by looking into a vehicle security system. These devices vary in price and sophistication, but can be a godsend in the event of an attempted break-in. Be sure to look for products approved by “SoldSecure,” a non-profit organization formed by the Master Locksmiths Association and former police that rates personal security devices.

Other common sense measures include closing all window blinds and shades when leaving the vehicle, and locking all windows and doors before bunking down for the night.

As for the vehicle itself, owners of travel trailers, toy haulers and other towable RVs will definitely want to invest in a hitch lock, which will prevent thieves from being able to tow your rig away. Likewise, wheel clamps and personal security items like the Club will deter most criminals from attempting to steal a full-sized motorhome.