I have just read a story about a couple who were robbed in Spain after parking up for the night at a Spanish Aire on a peaje route South of Barcelona. They were sufficiently careful to strap the cab doors together, but the elderly lady woke to see an intruder leaving the Motorhome through the habitation door after he had just stolen her handbag from a cupboard that was just inches away from the sleeping couple. The couple lost all their credit cards passports and cash. I understand that the area was well lit and that other motorhomes were parked up in the same place. This may have given the couple a false sense of security. I do not want to debate whether we should sleep in Aires and public places as this has been done to death and people are entrenched in their view about this, but, we can all learn a few simple lessons from this incident. In situations like this robbers will know that the vehicle is occupied. This means that they will be high on adrenaline and will be expecting trouble as they break in. If, when you wake, the intruder is already in your motorhome the shock of this will ensure that most people (whether they think so or not) will suffer such a large adrenal dump that they will not be able to react effectively or speedily enough to really do anything about it and they risk getting hurt if they try to. Because of this it is imperative that you defend your vehicle enough so that robbers cannot easily effect entry. If you can delay their entry enough, then you have a much higher chance of waking and getting your act together and responding to the incident effectively. If the first thing you know about it, is that someone is there in the dark with you, you will probably lose. Habitation doors are the easiest doors to break in to. 99% of habitation doors can be opened by a crook quicker than the owner can do it with the key! But, if you are inside they are easy to defend, you should always have at least one deadlock or bolt thrown on your habitation door when you are in. It needs to be easy to open in an emergency, but a simple well fitted bolt or two will make it much more difficult for an intruder to get in. Chains and belts between cab doors are OK but they do stop you using the very best weapon you could have in a break in attempt and that is first gear. So make sure if you use these that they do not impede your driving away. Bolts on the individual doors don't offer the same visual deterrent as the chains or belts, but are more secure. I would only attach these chains when I leave the vehicle unattended again as a visual deterrent only, do not rely on them. Have a Fat Wallet. You should always have a Fat Wallet that cannot be seen from the outside, but as soon as someone is in they should be able to see it. The Fat Wallet should be full of old credit and telephone top up cards, a couple of notes and lots of old bills and stuff. The idea being that the robber will think he is quids in, and just run with that rather than open cupboards right by your head. Never have all your valuables in one place, do not allow the loss on one bag to ruin your trip. You should always have one emergency credit card stashed in the motorhome, this will pay for fuel and essentials like ferries if you are robbed. You should always have another stashed away on one member of the family. The chances of being robbed are very slim indeed. Tens of thousands of motorhomers holiday on the continent every year incident free, they do so without alarms and many without even the simplest security precautions. Generally speaking Europe is a very safe place; strangers are more likely to show you kindness than steal from you. There are only a few toe-rags out there, they are not intelligent, they are work-shy and almost only want easy pickings. Make them work, and they won't bother. make it easy for them and they might.