With many popular camping destinations inundated with families these holidays, it is timely to remind people to look after their property, even in the more relaxed environment of caravan parks and camping destinations.
Thieves still frequent these locations as the lack of security is advantageous for opportunistic crime.
Camping locations are mini-communities in themselves. Police are encouraging campers to take a Neighbourhood Watch-style approach and keep an eye out and report suspicious activity.
Get to know your neighbours in the campground and look out for each other’s property. Do not leave valuable items on camp tables and chairs or on display. Keep them locked in your boot or out of sight.
At night, make sure bikes and play equipment are gathered up in an annexe or close to sleeping quarters. You can chain bikes together and chain gas bottles to the BBQ.
If you think you have had something stolen, notify caravan park managers or national park rangers straight away.
They should be the initial point of contact as they can also call the police and be an onsite point of contact.
They will already have a relationship with their local police and can arrange police to increase their presence in the area.
Petty theft can ruin a family holiday, so you still need to maintain some level of security by adapting to the circumstances. Many holiday makers leave their vehicles unlocked outside their camping areas. You would lock your car if it was parked in town, so why would you leave it unlocked at a popular camping area where anyone has access to your area?
Get to know your camping neighbours and make an agreement to keep an eye on each others patch when occupants are away. Contact Community Policing for more information on 67773998.