A Crime Prevention Officer from Northern Ireland has offered UK holidaymakers a little safety advice ahead of the busy summer season, newrytimes.com reports.
Millions of people around the UK are gearing up for their summer holidays, for which many will be heading out in caravans or campervans. Whilst plenty of destinations are known for their safe, rural settings, tourists can still be targeted by opportunistic thieves looking at capitalising on often lax security.
In light of this, Crime Prevention Officer for Armagh and Newry, Paula Crowe, took the opportunity to warn holidaymakers about any potential dangers they may face.
First, Crowe urged holidaymakers not to leave anything of value clearly on display. Simply hiding away expensive electronics or jewellery is often enough to deter potential thieves from breaking in. Similarly, doors and windows should be locked at all times the caravan is left vacant to make it difficult to get in without alerting someone nearby.
Crowe also said those with expensive caravans may wish to invest in an alarm system or a tracker for their accommodation. Likewise, anyone with a motorhome may wish to purchase a vehicle tracking system in the hope of finding their transport quickly in the event of returning to find it gone.
"Caravans may be more vulnerable than houses," Crowe told caravantimes.co.uk, "but that doesn't mean you can't make your property secure."