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How to keep your caravan secure

Reduce the risk of your caravan being targeted by thieves and beef up your security.


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Every year, around 4,000 caravans are stolen and only 10% of them are recovered.

Caravans aren’t exactly cheap either, so having to replace one is going to put more than a dent in your wallet.

As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure.

So it’s worth your while looking for ways to improve your security, and deter all but the most determined thief.

 

The bare necessities

Two basic security measures that insurers tend to insist you have are a hitch lock and wheel clamp.

A hitch lock clamps onto the tow bar to stop someone hooking your caravan up to their car and driving away.

Unsurprisingly, a wheel clamp attaches to the wheel to stop someone making off with the caravan.

Neither hitch locks nor wheel clamps are compatible with all caravan models, so check beforehand that you’re getting the right ones for you.

Wheel clamps are far from fool-proof, but at they at least give off a “don’t mess with me” vibe to would-be thieves.

TOP TIP: A brightly-coloured wheel lock provides a more visual deterrent for opportunist burglars.

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Alarms and trackers

There are dozens of different alarms that you can add to your caravan, and if you want to get top-notch security you’ll need to pay for it.

If you’re looking at something simple, temporary or low-budget, an easy trick is to use a personal attack alarm.

Attach the pin of the alarm to the caravan door, and anyone who tries to open the door will be treated to a 140-decibel symphony.

Insurers sometimes offer discounts in premium if you have an alarm fitted to your caravan. However, it would need to be one that fits their approved criteria.

If after all that you’re unfortunate enough to have your caravan stolen, you can increase the chances of it being recovered with a tracker.

As with alarms, there are a number of trackers on the market, and some may require an ongoing subscription to keep the tracker active.

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Home safe or lockup

Where you keep your caravan can have just as much of an impact on its safety as the toys you add to it.

Locking your caravan up at home means you can keep a close, personal eye on it. It’s also free.

The other option is to keep your caravan in a dedicated, secure site.

This will cost you, but it means you’ll get extra security such as CCTV to look after your caravan for you.

Take a look at the Caravan Storage Site Owners’ Association (CaSSOA) – an industry-recognised body that sets and oversees security standards across storage sites.

Keeping your caravan in an approved lock-up might shave off some pounds with your insurance premium too.

It’s worth chatting to your insurer and seeing what your options are and what may get you a discount.

Extra caravan security tips

Here are some smaller, cheaper ways you can improve the security of your caravan:

  • Make sure the caravan’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is etched into one of the windows. This will make it easier for police to recover it if it’s stolen.
  • If you’re leaving the caravan for a while, or putting it into storage, take out anything of value. You might not be bothered about a £20 DVD player, but a thief might be.
  • Use a UV pen to add your postcode on items that could be removed from the caravan. This’ll make them easier to recover if they’re taken.

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