From the bloggers at Interstellar Orchard.
Multiple people have asked in comments recently about safety while boondocking so I thought I’d write my thoughts about it here where everyone can see.
In short, I don’t think boondocking is any less safe than any other kind of camping. The lower population density out in the desert means fewer marks for criminals, and they’d have to drive farther to find them. Why drive miles down a dirt road just on the chance they could find someone worth stealing from when in a town they’re all but guaranteed to? Most RV related thefts and break-ins happen in RVs that have been in one place for a while, where the criminal can keep an eye on activity around the RV and judge when they’re least likely to be seen by anyone. In order to do that for a boondocker, the person would need to drive out to the boondock area several times, which brings me to my next point.
It’s harder to hide out in the desert. After a day or two you learn who else is camping near you by sight if not in person, it’s easier because there are fewer people to account for. A vehicle without a travel trailer or ATV is going to be more conspicuous coming into a BLM area than a neighborhood where people are constantly coming and going.
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