Whilst it has been reported that caravan theft has reduced, it remains a common occurrence and costs insurers millions of pounds in claims each year. Last year alone it is suggested that 1,200 caravans were stolen in the UK, therefore, it is important to do all you can to minimise the possibility of your caravan being stolen.
Windows and Door locks
Your first port of call for caravan theft prevention is to ensure that all windows and the door to your caravan are maintained to a high standard. Check that they can be locked firmly and securely and if required, add or replace locks. You can also buy additional over-locks that cover the standard locks.
A hitch lock is one of the most popular caravan security additions. As the name suggests they cover and lock your hitching mechanism so that no one else can hook up your caravan and tow it away.
Wheel locks are devices that are attached to the wheel of your caravan to demobilise it. There are a number of models available. Some cover the wheel and some lock the wheel through gaps in the wheel. Not all wheel locks are suitable for all caravans so ensure you buy an appropriate make.
Tracking devices represent a hi-tech approach to caravan security. These electronic boxes are hidden within the structure of the caravan. Although operating systems vary, the majority of them electronically report the whereabouts of the vehicle by sending a signal back to a central control room. If you have a pro-active tracking device and the caravan is moving without your knowledge, the central control room will then contact you and depending on your response, the police can be called. Due to the nature of the technology involved, these caravan theft prevention devices are more expensive than simple immobilisers and they can also involve an airtime cost.
1. Security post 2. Hitch lock 3. Number etched on windows 4. High security caravan door lock 5. Brightly coloured wheel clamp 6. Lock down corner steadies 7. Postcode marked on roof 8. Items inside marked with postcode 9. Reliable alarm system 10. Record serial numbers and descriptions of interior fittings