Ensuring Safety and Security for Caravanners and Campers
In today's world, it's vital for all caravanners and campers to take their safety and security seriously, rather than solely relying on resort owners or management. Safety and security are the shared responsibility of everyone to safeguard both individuals and property.
For the Resort:
Property Boundaries and Access Control:
Caravan parks and camping sites should establish clear property boundaries with secure fencing or walls.
Access to the resort should be controlled through lockable gates at the main entrance to prevent unauthorized entry.
Adequate security measures should be in place, including the deployment of security guards who conduct regular patrolling.
Modern gate control systems with remote controllers can be issued to families to ensure secure access.
Fire safety is a crucial aspect of camping. Resorts should have proper fire safety measures in place, such as fire hydrants, hoses, and extinguishers at strategic points.
Fire danger areas, like gas installations, should be identified and addressed with additional safety equipment and procedures.
Clear safety procedures should be provided to campers, and emergency contact details should be readily available.
Resorts should have a designated person responsible for safety and security who is available 24/7, with their contact details clearly displayed.
Emergency information and procedures, as well as after-hours contact information, should be readily available in multiple languages.
First Aid and Medical Assistance:
A well-equipped First Aid kit should be available at the resort's reception.
Staff should be trained in providing basic first aid, and the facility should have a system in place for medical emergencies.
Coordination with local medical establishments is essential for prompt medical assistance.
Safety in Water Facilities:
Resorts with water recreational facilities, such as swimming pools and dams, should ensure the presence of trained lifeguards during peak seasons.
Life-saving equipment should be readily available and accessible.
For the Camper:
Campers should not isolate themselves but actively interact with neighbors and resort staff.
Awareness of criminal activity is crucial. Campers should avoid tourist areas known for criminal activities.
Personal Property Security:
Campers are responsible for securing their personal property, including caravans, motor homes, tents, and their contents.
Avoid displaying valuable items like jewelry or cash in public and maintain insurance for your property.
Less expensive but portable items like electronics, camp stoves, and sports equipment should be secured or monitored.
Items left unattended can easily disappear.
Safety in Numbers:
Camping in groups is recommended to enhance safety. Isolated campers may attract unwanted attention.
Keeping a guard dog can be a deterrent.
Warning and Vigilance:
Campers should give ample warning when approaching someone else's campsite.
Maintaining good security practices and being vigilant is essential, even if incidents happen to other campers.
Valuable items left unattended can attract theft.
Items stored outside caravans or tents, such as bikes and furniture, should be secured to stable objects or chained together to deter theft.
It's advisable not to use padlocks on tent zips, as they may attract attention and give the impression of valuable items inside.
Carry valuables with you or lock them inside your caravan or car when you leave the campsite.
The modern camper should be prepared for the unexpected and prioritize safety and security to ensure an enjoyable and worry-free outdoor experience.