This week we're going to talk a bit more about security and personal safety while camping, and update you about how our perspective may have changed a bit after a situation in Texas this past fall hit a little too close to home for comfort: the murders of full-time RVers James & Michelle Butler of New Hampshire.
The Butlers had been boondocking just a mile or two north of our spot on the beach on Padre Island in south Texas. To make matters even worse, prior to boondocking on the beach we had stayed in a nearby county park campground, and looking through our video footage taken at that campground, we noticed that the Butlers had been occupying a campsite immediately adjacent to ours. When authorities released a photo of a suspect filmed driving the Butlers' truck and travel trailer across the U.S. border into Mexico, a man who we instantly recognized as a guy from Utah, Adam Curtis Williams, who had been camping just a few hundred yards south of our camp on Padre Island. We knew, because we had actually stopped to talk with him.
We don't need to tell you that this incident hit a bit too close to home, and it's given us reason to re-examine our position on personal safety while camping. Fortunately, looking at this rationally rather than emotionally, we don't have to change much. That said, there are reasonable precautions that we can take to improve our odds even further.
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- Episode 105: Boondocking Security http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot7KeQPruHU
- Episode 122: Padre Island National Seashore http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqY-UIfQnRQ
- Episode 123: Wireless Security Camera for Your RV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0FKr1MAGfE
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