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Simple tips for camping safety

Choose your campground and neighbors wisely, and protect your campsite just as you would your house.

A family putting the rain fly on their tent

For many, campgrounds are a home away from home during camping season. That means you should protect your campsite just as you would your house. Make camping safety a priority on your next trip.

Pick the right spot: Choose a campground with security features, such as a security gate, perimeter fencing, surveillance cameras and nightly patrols. The safest campsites are well lit and located near the center of the grounds.

Use security systems: Many newer RVs come with built-in security systems, similar to what you'd find in a car. If your camper doesn't have this feature, install motion lights at your campsite to deter potential lurkers and late-night critters. Place the lights at the back of the site, near entrances and on blind corners.

Get to know your neighbors: Introduce yourself to other campers. Spending time with them can help you gauge their trustworthiness. They could watch your things while you're gone and let you know if any unwanted guests wander onto your site.

Lock it up: Never leave items in an outside RV compartment. Many RVs use a universal key to unlock these storage areas. Instead, keep items secured inside a camper, trailer or vehicle when you're away. If you do have an RV, pull the shades to keep the interior concealed. For an additional layer of security, buy a small safe and hide it somewhere inside.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm®. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under our policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.


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