Yes, boondocking is safe! It’s perhaps the most safest form of camping, more safe than staying at an RV park or campground. Exposure to danger has more to do with where you camp, particularly in places more frequented by other people.
Is Boondocking Safe?
Yes, boondocking is very safe. In fact, boondocking is safer than staying at an RV park. How do we know this? Just do a Google News search for “RV park murder” or “RV park assault” or “RV park crime” and pour through the thousands of recent news.
Burglaries, invasions, assaults, rapes, all happen where there are lots of victims to choose from. Boondockers who camp far away from civilization rarely ever report being victimized of a crime. If there are any crimes associated with boondocking, it’s usually in popular areas where there are lots of locals living nearby. Otherwise, criminals looking for an opportunity will generally stay in crowded areas.
Read our other article, “Will My RV Get Broken Into While Boondocking?“
Most People Boondock Because It’s Safer
One of the biggest reasons why many RVers boondock is because they feel safer being further away from other people. Keep in mind that most crimes are crimes of opportunity. That is, anyone looking to steal a pickup truck is not going to go deep into the woods or deserts looking for something. Instead, they’re going to go where there are a lot of pickup trucks to choose from.
Is it Safe to Stay in RV Parks or Developed Campgrounds?
Statistics show that there are more thefts, burglaries, vandalism, fights, attacks, and murders occurring in RV Parks and developed campgrounds than in remote areas of the forest or desert. You’re more likely to become a victim of crime when staying at an RV Park or campground than boondocking.
Cheaper RV parks is where you’re going to find more gang members, drug dealers, prostitution, sex offenders, and parolees. The more expensive RV parks is where you’re going to find more break-ins, thefts, and vandalism.
Places close to high crime areas are going to be more susceptible. Places further away from high crime areas are going to be more safe.
Should I Keep a Gun When Boondocking?
Yes, but you should always keep a gun wherever you camp. Many RV Parks are notorious places for illegal activity. Selling drugs, gang activity, and prostitution are commonly associated with RV parks. At the same time, RV parks generally don’t like to get involved in protecting you from crime. And because police are becoming more slow in responding to calls, it’s up to you to protect yourself. Get a gun.
While boondocking is generally safer than staying in RV Parks, you can’t guarantee your safety anywhere.
Read our other article, “Do I Need a Gun to Protect Myself When Boondocking?“
Will I Get Harassed by Cops While Boondocking?
Only if you’re doing something illegal, and only if it’s obvious. Otherwise, forest rangers, BLM officials, and other law enforcement personnel are less concerned about campers than they are about tree cutting, hunting, mining, OHV riding, and marijuana cultivation. Camping is actually the least of their problems.
What About Bear Attacks when Boondocking?
Rarely do people get attacked by bears when boondocking. Most bear attacks are the result of people feeding bears. The more you leave food laying around, or actually using food to lure bears into the area, the more likely bears will become aggressive. Campers who take care to keep food and trash off the ground, have never been attacked by bears. Read our other article, “Do I Have to Worry About Bears When Boondocking?“