It’s an unfortunate fact that caravans and campervans are a popular target for thieves. It’s easy to see why, when you consider that your treasured home on wheels is not only valuable in its own right, but it’s also usually filled with stacks of precious things too. So, how to rest easy knowing that you’ve that you’ve done everything you can to keep it safe and sound? Read on for top tips and advice gathered from the internet’s best crime prevention peeps in the know.
Physical security measures
As with our houses or cars, obvious security precautions for our motorhomes and caravans include locking them properly when not in use. Extra window locks are another good idea, as sometimes the ones fitted as standard may not provide as much security as you’d like. Never, ever store your car keys alongside your motorhome or caravan keys and always keep keys somewhere secure such as in an insurance graded safe.
Immobilisers, wheel clamps and wheel locks act as extra precautions to prevent your caravan being removed.
Alarms are another great asset, acting as both deterrent and alert to any untoward attention, and CCTV is a major advantage, again as a deterrent but also as a method of collecting highly valuable evidence in the event of a break-in or theft.
In the sad event that your caravan or motorhome does fall victim to theft, there are things you can do to maximise your chances of being reunited with it.
Firstly, secrete a few RFID electronic tags around the van programmed with its info. This will help to identify it should thieves remove the visible vehicle identification numbers, which is one of their common practices.
Secondly, make sure that your Central Registration & Identification Scheme (CRiS) registration details are up to date.
And lastly, fit a tracking a GPS tracking device so that you or the police can track your van should it be taken.
Of course, it’s not just your caravan or campervan itself which is an attractive prospect to thieves: the contents of your vehicle will also be of interest to intruders.
So take plenty of photos inside. That way you’ve got a visual record of the items on board. If any of your equipment has serial numbers note these down, and don’t leave any paperwork on board relating to the caravan or campervan itself, such as the CRiS details, as this will make it easier for a thief to sell on.
For your really precious bits and bobs, why not think about installing a campervan or caravan safe? Your insurers may not cover you for theft should certain items not be housed within a specialist insurance graded safe, so it’s well worth looking into.
Choosing a site wisely will go a long way to ensuring the security of your caravan or campervan. Always choose a site which provides a top level of round the clock security and look out for those that have been independently assessed and rated for their security measures so that you know you’re getting the good stuff.
When you’re camping out, it makes good sense to love thy neighbour. By this we mean introducing yourself to your site neighbours and making a point of looking out for each other in terms of any suspicious activity. Follow the site’s security measures and procedures to the letter for maximum safety and security.
When not in use, it’s wise to keep your caravan at a secure storage compound. Just as with holiday sites, some caravan storage units will have been assessed independently for their security measures, so do some research into those local to you which are recommended for this reason.
If you’re keeping your campervan or caravan at home, consider extra security, such as pull-up or lever-up posts in front of it on your driveway, or anchor points to secure it to your drive. And remember to remove all personal belongings and keep curtains and cupboard doors open, to prove to any opportunists looking in that the vehicle is empty!
Finally, make sure your campervan or caravan is adequately insured for the correct value and level of risk. Should the worst happen, although the sentimental heartbreak of losing your motorhome will still be awful, at least you’ll be covered financially. Some insurance policies offer new motorhome replacement; others offer contents cover. So it’s worth doing a little research to see what will best suit your needs and budget.
So there you have it. Just a few steps and you’ll be able to sleep soundly knowing that your caravan or camper is safe and ready to take to the road whenever the notion takes you!