When you take your caravan on holiday, you take a lot of your favourite,
familiar possessions with you to make it your home from home. Imagine how upset
you'd be if your caravan was burgled. A caravan is much more vulnerable than a
house or flat so you should take extra care to make it as secure as possible.
Most caravan crime can be prevented. Don't give criminals an easy ride.
Follow these top ten tips for caravan security , as provided by the UK Home Office
1. Immobilise your caravan, even if you're stopping only for a short time. Use
good quality padlocks, heavy-duty chains and hitch locks to secure your
caravan. Fix lock nuts or wheel clamps to the wheels and padlock gas cylinders
to fixing clamps.
2. Fit an alarm and switch it on every time you leave your caravan - even if
it's just for a short time.
3. Lock windows, doors, rooflights and the gas compartment when you leave the
caravan, even if it's just for a short time. Always keep the keys with you.
4. Take all your valuables with you when you leave the caravan. If you can't,
lock them away. Never leave anything on display - even an old coat can tempt a
thief to have a closer look.
5. Never leave the vehicle registration documents in the caravan. They can help
a thief to sell the caravan on.
6. If your caravan does not already have a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
etched onto the windows you should use an ultraviolet pen to mark it inside
with an identifiable number. Security mark all the valuables you usually take
on holiday with you too.
7. If you're buying a new caravan, ask about built-in security features. All
caravans manufactured since August 1997 should be electronically tagged for
added security. Check it out.
8. If you're buying a second-hand caravan, try to verify the seller's identity
and make sure the number plate on the caravan matches the one on the tow car.
Also ask if it's registered with the Caravan Registration and Identification
Scheme (CriS) - if it is, you can check its history through this scheme. If it
isn't, call 01722 411 430 and get it registered.
9. Get to know your neighbours on the site when you're on holiday and think
about joining a vehicle watch scheme at home.
10. You could fit a tracking device so that your caravan can be tracked by the
police or a system operator if it is stolen.
You can get more information about alarms, immobilisers and other security
devices by phoning the Sold Secure Helpline on 01327 264687. For information
about CriS, call 01722 411 430.