With the UK’s caravan enthusiasts unable to enjoy their caravans and motorhomes this Easter, the leader in stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) Tracker, is reminding owners to keep security front of mind in order to keep thieves at bay. The advice comes as the winter caravan storage period is extended and access to caravan parks is restricted, as a result of the current lock-down.
Last year Tracker recovered over £1 million worth of stolen caravans and motorhomes, with theft and recoveries of touring caravans most commonly taking place January-March prior to the Easter holidays. In addition to owners facing a prolonged storage period for their caravan, and in turn an increased risk of theft by organised crime syndicates, owners could see their caravans being targeted by petty thieves for its contents.
Clive Wain, Head of Police Liaison at Tracker commented: “Caravans and motorhomes have always been a hot target for thieves, particularly organised gangs who steal leisure vehicles to order, to meet demand for a lucrative market both here in the UK and across Europe.
“Although the UK will experience a very different Easter weekend this year, it does not mean that vehicle security should fall down the list of priorities. These challenging times could make caravans even more vulnerable to theft as thieves not only target the caravans but also the contents inside – even parts that are in short supply. It’s vital therefore that owners invest in the best possible peace of mind when it comes to security, which not only includes fitting a tracking device but ensuring that subscriptions for existing Trackers are up to date.”
Tracker’s Caravan Security Tips
For immediate peace of mind:
- Fit security posts or a substantial gate if parking the caravan on your drive.
- Security mark the caravan if it is not already done.
- Mark valuables and interior fitments inside the caravan with your postcode using an etching tool or engraver.
- Fit physical deterrents such as hitch locks, wheel clamps and deadlocks on doors to make it difficult for thieves.
- Remove all valuables from the caravan.
- Do not leave registration documents in the caravan as they can help thieves sell it on.
- Always close and lock doors and windows when you leave your caravan, even if it’s just for a short time.
- When planning for the next storage season, choose a site with good security rather than just a good price.
- Fit a Tracker device to increase the chance of recovery in the event of theft.
Reminders for the summer ahead:
- Consider fitting a time switch if you’re out after dark, as lights on will make it look occupied and deter opportunist thieves.
- At a time when many are valuing their neighbours and community, get to know your neighbours on the caravan site this summer and look out for each other’s vehicles.
- Don’t be afraid to report suspicious activity.