The growing popularity of camping could be threatened after the police reported a growing spate of thefts from tents.
Police in Cumbria are stepping up patrols after opportunist thieves took valuables from tents on campsites in the Lake District.
But Cumbria Constabulary said that visitors to the area can help prevent thefts by keeping high-value items such as laptops and mobile phones secure.
Inspector Richard Quinn from the Eden neighbourhood policing team, which covers the northern Lake District and the North Pennines, said: “Time and again we see people have their visit to this beautiful county spoiled by becoming victims of crime. In so many cases this could have been so easily avoided.
“By taking simple, common sense steps, we can beat the thieves at their own game. Criminals want an easy life, so don’t give them any opportunity to target you or your family. Secure valuable items or at the very least hide them from view.”
As well as increasing the number of patrols, police officers will be working with campsites and giving on-the-spot crime prevention advice to campers.
At Pelican we think this could become an issue for the outdoor industry. After all many families go camping for a more ‘back to basics’ experience, if they start to believe camping isn’t safe they may look for other options. Maybe outdoor brands should start offering advice on crime-free camping either via their websites or through an industry-wide information campaign.
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