Do you lock your coach/basement when parked

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We are fortunate that we are able to store our DS in our backyard. We made a decision many years ago to not lock the coach or basement thinking we would rather a thief got access without ruining doors by trying to pry them open. This process has also been a practice of ours (with the basement doors) while we travel. Maybe we have been fortunate that we have never been victims of theft in our 15 years of class A rving. What do you all do when it comes to locking up the Class A?
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Always lock them after being in a CG when I was on a RV caravan and kids of long term residents were going into basements.
 
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Always lock them after being in a CG when I was on a RV caravan and kids of long term residents were going into basements.
Sad, sad.
 
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Likewise lock everything everywhere. Even in storage which is controlled by a door with a key. Just a habit I guess.
 
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I lock mine, too.
 
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I even lock my naked jeep...
 
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Not locking doors on unattended property of any kind just creates what is known as an "attractive nuisance." Locks won't deter determined bad guys, but they will keep basically honest people honest. We lock ours when we're not present.

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Mine are unlocked here at the house (coach is behind a 7 ft fence). When traveling I lock them so they don't open by themselves. When I am leaving the coach for a while I lock everything up otherwise I unlock them. I lock them at night when using the rig.
 
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Always locked, even when home in the back yard with fence around it.
 

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I am able to store mine garaged at home but when traveling it's locked any time I leave it...it's not so much about what could be stolen, it's about who could still be in my rig when I return, we live in a different world with huge drug abuse and mental issues that eventually come with that issue....and I agree with what Jim & Trish said "But wow Jerry, that yard!"
 
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Not locked at home, it's across the driveway about 75'-80' from the kitchen window. However, the house is down a driveway about 800' off the country road we live on, & very little traffic. A thief will still be a thief!
But, all locked when traveling!
 
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Even though we are living in it, we push the door lock button every night (which locks all the basement doors) really nice feature having electric locks on basement.
 
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Oh the irony...today I go to wash my coach before putting it in storage as I just returned from a short several day round trip to Gaffney (FL) and back and it will be two months before next use. My 50ft pressure washer hose is missing from the driver's side slideout bay. Not something you misplace, not something you leave on a CG and forget to put back. I have not used it since before leaving for my 7 month journey last September. I don't remember when I last saw it as I'm rarely on that side of the slideout. My guess is one of two scenarios: 1) Coach was out of my hands for a week while at Cummins in shady part of Tucson, 2) My lawn crew that may be who took $15 in quarters from the center console of my toad a week ago. I am pretty good about keeping things locked up but there are times such as walking the dog that I may leave it unlocked. I don't want strike 3 to be a stolen dog so I've had my wake up call, I hope this is one for you. Especially now in times of struggle for many things may walk more frequently than the past. Lock it up even when you're in it (i.e. basements).
 
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Oh the irony...today I go to wash my coach before putting it in storage as I just returned from a short several day round trip to Gaffney (FL) and back and it will be two months before next use. My 50ft pressure washer hose is missing from the driver's side slideout bay. Not something you misplace, not something you leave on a CG and forget to put back. I have not used it since before leaving for my 7 month journey last September. I don't remember when I last saw it as I'm rarely on that side of the slideout. My guess is one of two scenarios: 1) Coach was out of my hands for a week while at Cummins in shady part of Tucson, 2) My lawn crew that may be who took $15 in quarters from the center console of my toad a week ago. I am pretty good about keeping things locked up but there are times such as walking the dog that I may leave it unlocked. I don't want strike 3 to be a stolen dog so I've had my wake up call, I hope this is one for you. Especially now in times of struggle for many things may walk more frequently than the past. Lock it up even when you're in it (i.e. basements).

Sadly @Neal I have to now agree with you. So many people in dire need out there in these sad times. There has also been a flood of inmates released because of the COVID 19 fear. I’m not saying these are the people responsible for the uptick in theft but I’ve decided to be extra vigilant as it’s going to get even tougher for many to survive.
 

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I lock everything up. Although depending on the park, I may leave coach unlocked to walk the dogs. Weird times. I'll be locking up all the time now.
 
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When we leave, yes. If we’re at the coach, no. At night, usually not. My wife sleeps so lightly that she can hear my dreams. She would definitely hear a bay door being opened or closed.
 
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Ours are always unlocked, unless we are camping by ourselves without friends nearby, and we leave the campsite.
 
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This morning upon taking the RV to storage and opening the left rear storage bay to store the tow bar cables I stumbled upon something, 50 foot in length, resembling a pressure washer hose. I obviously moved it and forgot I did so. Now I'm pondering whether or not I want to confess. For now I'm going to keep this to myself.
 
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