We had quite a lengthy thread pre crash with all kinds of good advise for folks that travel alone and what they do about security in the campsite.
Might be time to revive it, as we have many new members, especially women. Not to say men are not in danger of being crime victims at all, but women have a special fear and need for security. I don't think this needs to be fully explained, ladies know of what I speak.
Outside of fire arms
, (Which could lead to a WHOLE other thread that could get nasty with political opinion, so please don't go there) what are some of the creative ideas we have come up with to deter crime in the campground or boonies, and even in the big city RV park?
I personally travel 99% of the time on my own. I usually always have two dogs with me, one of which would do some damage before he was overpowered by a threat, but that short time he could give me can help me get out of harms way. (It only takes a split second)
The dogs are also very alert, and they hear and notice everything. They may not bark every time, but they make it known they are on alert with a quick move that makes me look at thier body posture. I have learned NOT to ignore these alerts even tho a vast majority of the time, there is nothing for a human to be alarmed over. My female has twice alerted me to bears.
The dogs are NEVER locked away from me, even tho they may be tethered. They have full access to my areas. They sleep IN the trailer, For thier comfort and my protection. Never in the car.
As mentioned in another thread, I do not have lots of "girly" items around (Like the makeup kit on the picnic table
) and I keep two chairs out, an extra cup or bottle, a pair of boots, male jacket etc and some tools that are usable junkers to give the illusion there are two or more people in the site, the second "Unseen" one probably male.
This practice has fooled many folks, as I have been asked many times by folks if "You guys" or You folks" might have some water, tool, air pump or whatever they can borrow.
The mystery male can't do any real damage, but "he" may just make a less than good intentioned visitor move on to a site that appears to be an easier target.
I also used to, and should again, have a garter hanging from my rear view mirror, giving the illusion of a younger male owner.
I always let the camp host know I am on my own, and usually they keep a special eye out, stopping to make sure all is OK or making an extra trip or two in thier golf cart to check on things.
I also use intuition. If a place just doesn't *feel* right, I move on.
Curtains stay closed at nite, as it is actually easier to see inside when the trailer is lit up like an xmas tree. If they can't see anyone, they don't know HOW many are in there.
My Dad (RIP) was also very good about training me in alternative methods of self defense (Which mostly involved finding the best escape
route BEFORE it may be needed) due to my size. (No, I won't fight fair or politely boys.) I always scope out the "Way Out" before I get settled in. This included how many everyday things can be used as unexpected and effective weapons that will make a perp stop for a second or two, allowing escape
I have little fear in an RV Park, but am alert. Theft is the biggest concern there, not personal safety. It's some of the larger less maintained campgrounds, and boondocking
I am wary of.
I actually feel VERY safe in a rest area, snuggled inbetween big rigs or in Wal Marts, where there is usually constant security watching.
I have found it is best to realize that THEFT means nothing, it's just stuff, all replacable and not worth putting yourself in danger for. Your ego won't pay the med bills or funeral expenses. Let them take it and and get out of your site and out of your way as quickly as possible.