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Camping Crime

Post by indydealmaker » Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:02 pm



Now that I am retired, I am planning on roaming around on my trike on the backroads and byways. I have only previously camped while on Boundary Waters Canoe trips which are quite remote. However, my camping will now be mostly in established campgrounds and I am curious if crime is a problem. I would hate to come back to my campsite from a short daytrip and find my essentials and tent missing. Years ago, no one would dream of violating another camper's space, but today. . .

Does anyone have any input or opinions for me?

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Re: Camping Crime

Post by tamathumper » Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:22 pm

Camped for years in New York, Maine, Massachusetts. Never seen a single thing taken, and people leave high-dollar items out all the time if you think about it. Not sure about other parts of the country, though.
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Re: Camping Crime

Post by indydealmaker » Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:52 pm

Thanks for your input.

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Re: Camping Crime

Post by themainviking » Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:24 pm

I have camped all across and from north to south of both Canada and the US, and have never had anything taken from my campsites. I have even camped where I knew full well that the others in the campground were iffy, but never ever lost a thing. I cannot accurately say if I have camped in every state, but if not, I camped just across the state boundary from any that I missed. Canadian provinces I have hit every one several times. Unless a lot has changed, I would not worry about it. Now, I might keep my Nikon camera and my gun with me and with the bike, as those are pretty attractive items, but they are easy to pack (if'n ya knows what I mean :twisted: )
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Re: Camping Crime

Post by indydealmaker » Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:00 pm

Thanks, Viking, for taking the time to answer.

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Re: Camping Crime

Post by WingAdmin » Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:08 pm

I too have never had a problem at a campground.

That said, I have the benefit of have the lockable storage portion of my trailer, where I can put expensive/valuable bits. And like several others have mentioned, I do have my gun - for defense against four-legged critters (or two-legged, if necessary!).

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Re: Camping Crime

Post by indydealmaker » Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:45 pm

Thanks for the comments.

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Re: Camping Crime

Post by dingdong » Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:46 am

The only crime I have experienced was with the four legged type. Coyotes broke into my ice chest by chewing the hinges off even though the lid had no latch to lock it.
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Re: Camping Crime

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:49 am

dingdong wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:46 am
The only crime I have experienced was with the four legged type. Coyotes broke into my ice chest by chewing the hinges off even though the lid had no latch to lock it.
Raccoons and (black) bears are the only nuisances I've encountered. My sister in law had a hungry cougar come investigate her camp once, but luckily was more interested in the food left outside than the two of them inside the (tent popup) trailer...

Raccoons and black bears don't scare me much. Both pretty much want nothing to do with you, and take off if you make yourself known. Cougars on the other hand, are quite happy to hunt & eat you.

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Re: Camping Crime

Post by 823JIM » Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:52 am

I have camped in about 20 different states, using state, county and private campgrounds (KOA's and the like). I have never had any problem with theft. But with that being said I do take precautions, such as locking the storage boxes on my trailer, locking my cooler shut and to the trailer and cable locking my trailer to a picnic table or tree. My tent and contents or anything left out on picnic table have never been bothered, even in the very crowded conditions at Sturgis rally's.
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Re: Camping Crime

Post by indydealmaker » Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:46 am

Like your trailer! Did you make it?

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Re: Camping Crime

Post by Topgear » Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:44 pm

Back in 2012 I did a nearly 7000 mile trip with a friend. We met up with other friends along the way and others dropped off. In Oregon, we had a larger group, maybe 10 of us together. I may have had a bit of bourbon that night and forgot my helmet, jacket, and Camelbak were all still sitting on the bike. The next morning it was all gone. My buddy had done the same and his gear was gone as well. There was a young couple camping next to us with a couple of young kids. They had their entire large cooler stolen. When I called to file a police report, we were told the Sheriff didn't work on the weekends. I'd have to wait until Monday to file a report.

I'll never go back to Oregon. Too many tweakers...

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Re: Camping Crime

Post by 823JIM » Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:38 pm

indydealmaker wrote:
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Like your trailer! Did you make it?
Yes, well my brother did. It's a Harbor Freight trailer with a pair of TSC pick-up tool boxes. He hauled it a few years then bought a Bunkhouse camper and I kind of inherited 3 years ago. We have pulled it well over 30k miles, keep wheel bearings packed and good tires on it and no problems.
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Re: Camping Crime

Post by echinus1988 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:34 pm

In May of this year, I camped in Idaho, Oregon, California, Nevada and Colorado. I traveled 4,200 miles with my bunkhouse trailer.

In September, my son and I camped in Nebraska, Ohio, New York, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana. Again with my bunkhouse trailer.

Valuables, I locked up in my bike since the bunkhouse can't really be secured. I left things out at a couple of campgrounds and never worried about it. Nothing was touched or messed with. I felt comfortable in all the sites. Most were state parks with a mix of KOA's (not my favorite).

I still feel pretty comfortable with most places I camp. I feel most campers are pretty good people and want to be relaxed and will not bother another person's campsite. There are always the exception. One campground here in Colorado I used to go to is secluded with a campground host but the lower class people came in and walked through campsites, checked things out. They set up 10 tents in one site and was scrounging things they needed for a campfire. The host never talked to them. I finally called the ranger station because they checked out my trailer very closely. They didn't know two people were inside watching them. I stopped going there because of it. But all in all, I am pretty comfortable in most campgrounds. I honestly would not worry about most campgrounds or how secure your site will be.

Like others, my only problem came in Tennessee. He wore a mask and played around near my trailer trying to get in my cooler. I finally scared him away. lol

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Re: Camping Crime

Post by AZgl1800 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:30 pm

I use the "out of sight, out of mind" principle....

cover the bike with a half cover, then throw a very ragged full cover over that, big enough to tie under the bike's belly.....

the trailer is padlocked at night..... during the day, my jacket and helmet are left on the bike if I am sort of close by.

if not, they go inside out of sight.
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Re: Camping Crime

Post by GaryRatliff » Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:14 am

I do a lot of tent camping in State Parks, private campgrounds, etc. I've never had any problem whatsoever with anything being taken. I'm planning a West Coast ride, riding alone, next summer and plan to camp every night and have no apprehension at all.

Enjoy your retirement!

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