It is not paranoid to take what precautions one can. Think about it a Scamp
door has the hinge bolts on the outside, you can always open it with a crescent wrench and pair of pliers. Even if the locking pin is in and the wind blows the door shut (yes I know this for a fact).
Do some research on those handgun safes, some can be opened by a modest thump in the right spot. But I see a point to putting a locked & attached container someplace for small items of value. Slowing someone down can either exceed their willingness to be exposed or cause them to be noticed and lead to a hasty exit.
A camera DSLR 3/4 frame sensor in between consumer and professional model, lens and bag is an easy $1000 item. One of the full frame sensor DSLR cameras even a basic model goes $2000. With additional lenses for either one being hundreds if not thousands. Fishing or other recreational equipment, the generator
, tablets or laptops are all potential targets for thieves. Think about it if one takes it with you camping it is by design generally small and portable. Just what a thief wants.
I don't know many that own outright guard dogs, that is a dog that will stand its ground and fight an intruder. As opposed to a watch dog that will bark and sound the alarm and challenge but backup from intruder if possible to do so. The second type tends to be more common even in fairly powerful breeds. A 90 lb. dog should be reluctant to fight a 200 lb. person same as a 90 lb. person would be. And 90 lbs. is large for say a German Shepherd dog or American Pit Bull Terrier. Not that these dogs can't make life very hard for an intruder but since most are pets they won't be trained to guard and left to their own devices most would avoid the fight. Cornered in a small camper might be different but in a large motor home?
To the person that mentioned killings being so rampant, violent crime is down, and down a lot over the last couple of decades. FBI crime statistics vs. perceptions and media hype I go with the FBI crime statistics. Burglaries and larceny-theft have both dropped. http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr...heftmain_final
Just as Dillinger said when asked why he robbed banks "that's where the money is" I try to avoid being viewed as the place where the money is (not hard either). Most of my stuff is old, had it for years, would hate to have it stolen, you would have to be pretty desperate to steal it.
I also know I do not generally know the area I am traveling in well enough to be accurate in my risk assessment. I don't know the area around that mall or shopping center that influences the crime potential so I am especially vigilant and cautious.
I am mostly sitting around the camper, reading, snacking, having a cold beverage or cocktail. Making our camper not the best target for a thief.
If I notice something suspicious around your camper or tent I'm damn sure going to call the police. I would hope most others would look out for each other the same way.