Crime And RVing

 Posted by at 5:57 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 312009

Through a herculean effort on the part of Miss Terry, we got the new issue of the Gypsy Journal mailed out, and now we can take a deep breath and relax. At least until next time.

In yesterday’s blog, I wrote about how Cheryl Howarth from Miller Insurance helped us get the ball rolling with National Interstate following our burglary, and I mentioned that another agent, from a different agency, also intervened on our behalf.

At that time I did not have her name available, but I do now. It was Gina Shaver, from Epic Insurance in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Gina’s office phone number is 605-271-8100, and her company website is  She is another agent whom I highly recommend. I like supporting the people who support me. Of course, that’s a two way street, as some other people are now well aware of.

As I wrote when I first reported on our crime, RVing is a safe activity overall. But, as I also stated, crime can and does happen anywhere. Most of the crimes suffered by RVers are petty. Unsecured bicycles and coolers have a way of walking off in campgrounds, if their owners go away and leave them. Most of the reports of this activity we have heard about occurred in state parks.

A couple of years ago in Quartzsite, there was a rash of thefts of portable generators. Some were stolen even when chained to the owners’ RVs. The thieves cut the cables with bolt cutters and carried them off. Bicycles also were disappearing in Quartzsite about the same time.   

But crimes of violence, while uncommon in the RV world, do happen, as our experience, as well as this story in the Bandera County Courier show

According to the news story, a couple camping at the Medina Lake Thousand Trails in Lakehills, Texas were accosted by two teenagers wearing ski masks who pointed a gun at them and said “Give me all your money or I’ll kill you.” As it turns out, the gun was a BB gun, and the boys were at the campground with their grandparents.

These two punks were damned lucky. If they had pointed a BB gun at somebody else, they may have found out their victim was carrying a real gun. Just because their gun wasn’t real doesn’t mean a victim wouldn’t have been justified in blowing them away. In the dark, who can tell?

As I also reported earlier, our only other crime related incident happened in our first months on the road, when somebody tried to steal our pickup while we were in a Coast to Coast campground in California. So much for the “security” of campgrounds, even membership campgrounds!

Still, you have to keep in mind that in over ten years of fulltime RVing, including hundreds of nights spent dry camping in every corner of the nation, those were the only criminals we have come into contact with. Most folks living in even a medium sized city rub shoulders with all kinds of thugs every day, and never know when they might become a victim.

By using common sense, choosing a well lighted area when spending a night in a parking lot, keeping your doors locked and your valuables out of sight, and by being aware of your surroundings, you will go a long way toward avoiding becoming a victim of crime. Remember, the most effective weapon you own is right between your ears, and you don’t need special training or a permit to possess it. So use it.

Thought For The Day – It’s never too late to be what you might have been.

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  5 Responses to “Crime And RVing”

  1. Hopefully, the grandmother can be charged for lying to authorities for denying any involvement or failing to cooperate with authorities by not wanting to provide the weapon. Just goes to show that scum can be inherited. I get so tired of reading articles in the paper where parents/family members say “he was a good kid, wanted to grow up to be a doctor, planned to save humanity, etc.” My question always is what the heck were they doing out on the streets after midnight?

  2. Good Morning Nick… Great story about crime… We have never had a problem and HOPE not to but like you said we are always cautious of our surrounding… And when we boondock or are in a strange area we always put our steps in for the night… Have a very Happy New Year!!!

  3. We also retract our steps at night. Just makes it a little harder for someone to break in.

  4. Nick – I think you are raising an excellent point, and it applies to so many areas in life. Cautious and Risk and the balance in between. On the extreme – one could choose only gated or secured campgrounds lock everything or even decide not to carry any valuable items, but that would have limit their options and take a lot of the fun.

    Taking extreme caution may be very limiting. It’s like those who scared to fly, or even decide not to drive a car because of accidents.

    I think that there is an individual fine line for each of us – based on our style and trust and nature. We never locked our house (before we became RVers) and our bike are parked unlocked by the RV. I am not sure that is smart either but it is convenient 🙂
    I hope we will never have to face crime and regret our trust.

    Thanks for bringing it up, and like always – I enjoy reading your blog very much.

  5. Happy New Year, Nick and Miss Terry! I have been with you every step of the way following your attack, and we are thinking of you this New Year’s Eve!

    Good luck in the New Year, and eat some black-eyed peas and greens tomorrow!

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