10 Ten Top Tips for street parking and unguarded stopovers

Theft prevention

For your security, when parking on public roads or unguarded stopovers, keep in mind the following suggestions:

1. If you park after dark, choose always a well-lit area –where parking is allowed for motorhomes. Darkness has always been a good robbers’ ally.

2. When parking, according to your vehicle type, check that you are in the designated area marked for parking. Avoid unwanted surprises.

3. If possible, do not park in crowded tourist spots, very central areas or busy places. Remember that well known locations and famous landmarks are also very popular for thieves. 

4. Lock your doors properly –including when you are resting or sleeping-, check all windows and compartments.

5. If staying overnight, it is advisable to stay in a stopover or designated site; a guarded place is always recommended for long stays. 

6. Don’t leave valuables near the windscreen or dashboard; avoid being a target for thieves.

7. If you carry a bicycle or motorbike on the rear of your motorhome, make sure they are properly secured, even when you are parked. 

8. If your motorhome has an attached rear ladder change it for a foldable one; thus it can removed when not in use. Don't make it easy to climb up your vehicle.

9. Write down the address of your parking location; in case of emergency, it will be much easier to call the police, medical assistance, etc.

10. When travelling, especially abroad, keep always a notebook with emergency numbers, consulates and next of kin to be contacted. 

It is advisable to carry photocopies of your passport, ID card and driving licence (also for your family and/or accompanying travellers); Above all, if you travel abroad, in case of loss or theft, it will be of great help for identification and further processing to recover the documents.

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