Tracker helps Staffordshire police and National Police Air Service find Swift Challenger SE and arrest thief
A Swift Challenger SE caravan worth over £16,000 was stolen from a farm in Staffordshire overnight, where it had been stored for just four weeks. Once Tracker was alerted to the theft, the tracking unit was activated, which enabled the police to find the caravan in Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire, in just two hours and 45 minutes. An arrest was made at the scene.
Angela Rock, the caravan owner, commented; “We had been told there was CCTV at the farm where the caravan was stored, but unfortunately, at the time of the theft it wasn’t working. The thieves cut off the caravan’s leg braces and hitch lock. The thought of not getting our caravan back was devasting as it had all our personal belongings stored in it. Thank goodness it had a Tracker unit fitted and the police were able to recover it quickly.”
Clive Wain, Head of Police Liaison says; “When the farm owners noticed the caravan was missing, they immediately informed the caravan owners, who reported it stolen to the police and Tracker was alerted. Urgent action was taken, including calling in support from the National Police Air Service (NPAS). As this case demonstrated, a Tracker unit can make the difference between a valuable vehicle being recovered safely or lost forever. This was a particularly great success, as we not only helped reunite a caravan with its owners, but also helped police make an important arrest.”
Tracker is the only stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) provider offering vehicle tracking systems that are supported nationwide by UK police forces. Its unique VHF stolen vehicle recovery solutions work like an electronic homing device and the units are resistant to GPS/GSM jamming. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around the vehicle. There is no visible aerial, so the thief will not even know it’s there.
Further confirming Tracker as a superior security defence against determined thieves, is its Mesh Network. The Tracker Mesh Network creates an added defence against vehicle theft by using vehicles fitted with a Tracker device to identify stolen vehicles. When a vehicle fitted with a Tracker SVR device passes any Tracker equipped vehicle that has been reported stolen, it automatically sends a signal to Tracker HQ providing the location of the stolen asset – even if it is hidden in a garage, container or underground car park. As more and more motorists recognise the power of Tracker’s SVR technology, the power of the Mesh Network continues to grow.
TRACKER’S CARAVAN SECURITY TIPS
- Choose a storage 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
- When buying a second-hand caravan from a dealer or even privately check to see if it has a tracker fitted. It will only take a phone call to pay a subscription fee which will mean your caravan is protected should the worse happen and it is stolen.
- Fit security posts or a substantial gate if parking the caravan on the 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 is just for a short time.
- Fit a time switch if you are out after dark, as lights on will make it look occupied and deter opportunist thieves.
- Get to know your neighbours on the caravan site and look out for each other’s vehicles.
- Do not be afraid to report suspicious activity.