Caravan Security

Caravan Security

01 December 2011
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Immobilise your caravan, even when you stop only briefly. Make sure your caravan can’t be towed away by following these simple tips.

Lock the coupling head into a cover using a good- quality hitchlock. Hitchlocks give a reasonable degree of protection from the opportunist thief.

Use locking-wheelnuts and a good-quality clamp on the caravan wheels.

Think about securing each corner steady by using a good-quality padlock and make sure it has a short shackle to prevent thieves from cutting through it.

If you use a chain, make sure it’s a strong, heavy- duty one.

You may also want to have a tracking device fitted, allowing the police or system operator to track the caravan if it is stolen.

Make your caravan secure. You can take the following simple steps to stop thieves breaking into your caravan.

Have a reliable alarm fitted and remember to turn it on whenever you leave your caravan, even if it is only for a short time.

Always close doors, windows and any rooflight when you leave your caravan - even if it’s only for a short time.

Always lock your caravan and take your keys with you.

At home, always keep your caravan keys in a safe place which is out of sight and away from windows and doors.

Protect your belongings

Don’t leave anything valuable on display. Even an old coat on a seat is a temptation for someone to ‘smash and grab’ - they steal first and think about value later.

Take all your valuables with you when you leave the caravan. If you can’t, lock them in a cupboard out of sight, as thieves will look for and take advantage of every opportunity. To be really sure, think about having a specialised caravan safe fitted.

Never leave any of the following on display in your caravan. These are all particularly attractive to thieves. Also, never leave CRiS registration documents or purchase receipts in your caravan. They could help a thief to sell it on.

Mobile phones

Laptop computers

Credit and debit cards

Private mail, especially

with your address on it

Cheque books

Cash

Security Marking

Security marking helps the police to identify and return stolen caravans or their contents to their rightful owners, and can put off thieves.

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