Hints & Tips for security when travelling abroad

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  1. dippingatoe

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    I thought I would start a new thread, beginning with Jim's excellent list.

    Please add any other ideas for me and others to learn by

    Whenever you are parked in a public place you should be absolutely certain that no one can easily enter. Its easy to miss stuff when you're tired so make yourself a Wild Camping checklist. Never scoff at checklists, they work, its just too easy to miss important stuff when your tired. Something like this will do, this is an Evernote checklist on my phone
    • Not Nosey Parked - i.e. not parked so you can't drive off immediately.
    • Exterior Lockers locked
    • Bikes Secure- Alarm Loop On
    • Cab Doors Locked
    • Cab Windows Locked
    • Keys removed,
    • Alarm set to Sleep Mode
    • Nothing of any value in cab
    • Wallet/Purse/Passports hidden
    • Keys Handy
    • Phone charged in bed
     
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    Things which I have not done but will now do are

    Buy some window alarms
    Photostat some money and put it in a cheap wallet together with some credit card looking things in an old handbag hung on the back of the drivers seat
    Put my old computer and computer bag somewhere obvious
    Leave a few things around on the counter top as though I have just gone to bed without locking things up
    Keep all my valuables in the bedroom with me, plus the keys and phone. When I return to uk get a safe fitted somewhere hidden.

    Give the dog lots of praise and treats for 'guarding'
     
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    Why when travelling abroad is it any more risky than the UK? I always feel just as safe/unsafe whether abroad or not
     
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    Get a dog! :)

    Our furry alarm system would ward off anyone who came within what he considers his territory.
     
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    Agree in the main but I would not leave the copied money and cards in old handbag on show. Maybe stow that in a relatively easy place to find but out of site. Maybe an opportunist could see the bag and gave a go for it.
     
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    I think that by leaving a hand bag open to view may be too much temptation for some thieves and may break a window to steal it. By all means leave a decoy out but not in direct view:eek:
     
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    @dippingatoe
    Understand where you're coming from about leaving old & fake stuff in easy reach - but surely that will just add to the temptation for a passing sneak thief who looks through your windows?
    Surely a bag left on a seat will encourage someone to have a go, rather than move on to the next van if he can see nothing of value?
    I prefer the opposite idea - of leaving out a dog's water bowl & perhaps what is obviously a dog's bed, or perhaps a couple of dog's toys on the seat ??? Might be a discouragement rather than an encouragement.
    Just wondering.
     
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    Firstly: USE your alarm system ALL the time. Get used to doing it, even in a camp site within a locked gate. That way you never ever forget and you are secure PERIOD.
    Secondly: do not leave anything in view no matter how small it is. ANYONE can become a thief as ALL thiefs are opportunist's - nothing in view nothing to steal.
     
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    I fasten some long motorcycle cable locks through the steering wheel and round the door pulls so they will have to make a noise trying to break in, tugging on the doors or smashing a window. The hab door is bolted from the inside.
    Finally Mrs Badknee is set to attack on sight mode. :D
     
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    I think a foreign vehicle is probably more likely to be targeted as there are bound to be passports on board, and probably holiday money, cameras, phones and iPads etc. But thats just my thoughts.
     
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    I have, and it was she who woke me otherwise it could have been much much worse. But she is still only a puppy and not quite into guarding mode, though it will come and soon now I think. Dogs understand possessions, and she probably realised what had happened
     
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    And @Langtoftlad @Jimbohorlicks, @Chipster

    Yes the window blinds would be drawn so it would be only when you were inside you could see them.
     
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    Isn't it pretty obvious that to some your motorhome is actually a large sign that says, "Cash and valuable goods inside including passports, food and clothing" That you should use your alarm if you have one, park sensibly in spot of your choice you feel comfortable in having had a good look around and make sure your windows and doors are locked leaving nothing on display or reachable from the outside.

    Apart from that, I leave my large dog bowl outside with water in it and a chain lead and very large dog chew.

    Other than that not much more you can do really.
     
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    I think it probably is more risky in the UK or abroad in areas where you don't know the score I always think there is safety in numbers the best you can hope for is that someone else looks a better target!!
     
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    Unfortunately then I am at risk - big flashy RV, mobility scooter on the back, foreign number plate. Grow up quick Phoebe and do some serious GUARDING !!!

    I don't need to put the big dog bowl and chain out. I have the big dog, well soon anyway :)
     
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    Just a reminder that some people who see you using laptops, cameras etc. and leaving handbags hanging around during the day when your parked up are perfectly capable of of coming back to get them when you out walking the dog or at night. Best not to advertise if avoidable, of course, it depends on where are, some place are safer than others, but its something to keep in mind.
     
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    Behave exactly as you would at home.

    Ie not like some moronic tourist that has forgotten all common sense just because they are on holiday.

    Put stuff away
    Stick your alarm on

    Keep calm and carry on.
     
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    Doesn't matter that you have, or indeed might not have a big dog. The idea is to stop them trying to steal from you by putting them off in the first place!!!
     
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    I Use an old Mahogany toilet seat with a photo of my ex mother in law fitted.

    John.
     
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    Always know your location and the emergency number of the Country that you are in.
     
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