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Camping Safety Tips from Newark Police

Authorities share tips on how to be mindful of security while you vacation outdoors.

From Newark Police

Camping can be a fun, nature-filled, event for the whole family. Whether it's in a forest, at a beach or in the desert, it can and should be a great experience.

While camping can be an opportunity to temporarily forget about some of life's pressures, it's not an opportunity to forget about personal safety and security. Certainly the chances of crime are minimal when camping, but the risks still exist and a few simple crime preventive steps can he ensure a fun, safe and secure lime for all.

Safety and security begins before you even leave home.

Speaking of leaving home - make sure to not bring that which you don't need which could be a target for thieves, such as expensive jewelry, laptop computers, expensive electronic games and other valuables that someone could target. For those items that you need to bring, make sure to take them with you or lock in your vehicle trunk when leaving the campsite.

Check before you go. Make sure that the area you a planning on camping in is safe for your family. You may want to consider some safety measures such as: is there on-duty 24 hour park staff or on-site park hosts, is there cell phone service (for emergencies, not work!), what is the distance to emergency services and are there any known safety issues.

When you arrive, make sure to check for any emergency procedure bulletins or signs that will tell you what to do in the event of an emergency. Talk with the young people in your family and be sure to set boundaries for them in where they may or may not be allowed to go. For young children consider requiring them to be accompanied by an adult (or older child) when going to the camp regrow and shower facilities. Remind them that even though they are in a special natural Nee, there are sit people who should be avoided and to let you know about anyone or anything they do not feel comfortable with.

I'm lost! Now what? The chance always exists that even the best-behaved child may be lured away from a campsite by the call of the wild and go "exploring." Instruct children that if they were to become lost that the best way of being found is to STOP. Stay where they are and wait for help to arrive.

Finally, as with all trips, be sure to expect the unexpected. If your adventure involves a more primitive approach (out of a regular, populated campground) be sure to plan ahead and take all the supplies you need with the idea that the weather, terrain or other conditions may not be quite as you expected.

Summer camping is a great, family experience and remember that safety and security issues are important whether you are sitting in your living room in front of the fireplace or around a campfire cooking s'mores.

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J. Conseco July 28, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Theres plenty of camping oppurtunities in newark. Just ask the people who camp by 84.
James Nelson July 28, 2012 at 01:38 AM
I've Camped all over Newark and out of the many places I've setup Fort at I'd have to say adjacent to the Police Department over on the Tracks was one of the best places. Plus if you need to get up early, can always count on a Patrol going Code in the wee hours. I've seen some pretty amazing Camping Spots though elsewhere such as behind the Liquor Store over off Central. There's a hole in the chain link Fence which leads to the side of the Freeway. If you walk far enough North, you will encounter a makeshift Village of Sorts. It's concealed with Camo Tarp. It's also got a Shower that actually works, you know just in case you can't be bothered to stumble home. Don't mock it, live a little and join the Circus. There's so much more to Newark than meets the eye!

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