(Guest article by Ed Herrera - Ed runs a composting business and helps schools, family and businesses grow and maintain urban gardens. )
If you’re an RV owner concerned about the safety of this nation’s campgrounds and RV parks, searching for crime rate statistics may not turn up much information. Crime in RV parks is fairly rare; in fact, your chances of falling victim to a serious crime in an RV park is only one in 25,000, according to camping.lovetoknow.com. Which isn’t to say it doesn’t happen—burglars in La Feria, Texas, recently went on a rampage in a local RV park, breaking into 11 RVs and stealing collectibles and other high-dollar goods.
The biggest concern when it comes to RV park crime is theft, as RVs often carry valuables like flat-screen televisions, DVD players, stereos, computers and even weapons. Keep these tips in mind for protecting your valuables:
- Always lock your RV while you are gone. Even if you trust your neighbors, remember that the park is accessible to the public, too.
- Do not leave valuables sitting outside where everyone can see them.
- Invest in security equipment such as an alarm and motion-detecting lights that can help deter intruders. Choose a security company that offers 24-hour monitoring, so an operator will dispatch the authorities if an alarm sounds and you cannot be reached by phone. Do-it-yourself security systems are also widely available, too.
- While privacy is nice, keep in mind that if you’re closer to other campers, it’s more difficult for thieves to sneak in.
Another big consideration when it comes to safety and security is the location of the RV park. Three parks we like with high ratings for safety:
Cape Cod Campresort & Cabins in East Falmouth, Mass.
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If you’re dreaming of a sleepy, New England-style vacation, the Cape Cod Campresort & Cabins features 210 RV sites and is rated 10 out of 10 by the Good Sam Club when it comes to appeal as well as cleanliness and safety. This property is set on a private lake and just a short drive from the beautiful beaches and picturesque lighthouses of the Cape.
Bella Terra of Gulf Shores, Ala.
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On Alabama’s Gulf Coast, Bella Terra of Gulf Shores also received a perfect rating from the Good Sam Club and the highest resort designation from Trailer Life Directory and Woodall’s 5 Star Rating. It’s close to the area’s famed white sandy beaches and dazzling turquoise waters as well as numerous family-friendly attractions, including eight championship golf courses. The upscale resort community includes 110 sites, a stocked lake, fitness center, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and much more.
Bend/Sisters Garden RV Resort in Sisters, Ore.
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Sisters, Ore., is in the heart of the Oregon Cascades, surrounded by gorgeous mountain scenery with the opportunity to enjoy blue ribbon trout fishing, hiking, and golfing in the summer and skiing, sledding and snowmobiling in the winter.
Here you’ll find the Bend/Sisters Garden RV Resort with 105 sites and plenty of park amenities like a stocked fishing pond, heated swimming pool, miniature golf and more. This five-star RV resort was also awarded a perfect “10” Good Sam Club rating.