In the next few weeks I will be taking a trip down south to hit the high points in TN, NC, GA, & SC. On my way down to TN I will be taking I-81 South through VA and would love to hike MT. Rogers, VA. This is where my dilemma begins, if I stop at Mt Rogers on the way down to TN, my van will be loaded with all of my camping gear and clothing for the week. How worried should I be about my van getting broken into? I will be using a rooftop carrier that locks and the windows on my van have pretty dark tint, but I'm still not sure if I should stop because I will be hiking for at least five hours and don't know if it's a good idea to leave everything unattended. If someone steals my stuff, my two sons and I will have nothing for the week and will more than likely have to head home.
Has anyone ever had a problem with theft at a trailhead? Am I worrying for nothing?