chasfm11 wrote:... I get it from the OP that having high end electronics visible can change the remote possibility of being a victim in an RV significantly. But we've had our RV since 2004, have over 60K miles on it, driving it all over the country and have never come close to an incident in a "camped" situation. I've tried to query my RV neighbors within that same timeframe and have yet to hear even a secondhand story about an incident while parked.
Instagram might make you a believer.
Retrospectively, I realize that it would have been to my own benefit, and to the benefit of other people by establishing fact-based perspective, to create a small spreadsheet to capture the basic details of the break-ins that vanners in particular have historically reported on social media. Those reports formed the basis for what I do know about the general modis operandi - for instance, the reports that vehicle invaders most often enter through the driver's door, which is something that I would not have predicted.
As one example of such a break-in, and this also relates back to what another poster mentioned about in-vehicle security systems, two of the most prominent social media "stars" of the van world had their rig broken into (I haven't figured out how to seamlessly embed a link here, but if you google 'Roadtreking RV burglary', you can see their report). When I heard that, my first thought was, "Oh my word - somebody actually had the nerve to break into the Wendlands' vehicle?!" but of course, criminals do not read blogs and social media before choosing their targets, duh.
The Wendlands responded with a number of new in-vehicle countermeasures, including the installation of an IP camera / motion detector which communicates with them through a cellular air card when they are away from their van. In the event of another break-in, the camera will immediately ping their phones (assuming they are in cell range), plus it will take pictures of the invader and send those to their phones as well. This scheme potentially will allow for the summoning of police and interception of the criminals before they leave the area. The camera brand they chose was Canary, but new products are emerging in the marketplace all the time. Such devices are potentially of interest to anyone who believes that they have a higher-than-average chance of vehicle burglary or robbery. Entry costs are low for the basic IP tech described above, although people with single-battery vehicles (chassis only) may want to think carefully about how they supply power to both the camera and the cellular hot spot that it requires to communicate with the outside world.
Getting back to another comment, the electronics don't have to be visible - I never, ever leave anything visible in my rig, as that is just asking for trouble. If the van itself appears "expensive", that's more than enough to draw attention. Owners of mainstream RVs and trailers might indeed suffer less from this risk, in a variation of the "safety in numbers" theme and because a more ordinary RV may suggest more ordinary theft pickin's and therefore would be of correspondingly diminished interest to thieves.