Tips And Advice

How To Avoid Thieves From Spoiling A Summer Staycation

Tracker urges owners to be extra vigilant and safeguard caravans as holiday season approaches

Stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) expert, Tracker Network (UK) Ltd , is urging caravan and motorhome owners to be vigilant when it comes to protecting their vehicles in the run up to the summer holidays. The UK’s love of a staycation combined with the soaring value of caravans makes them a hot target for criminals. One caravan owner in Grimsby recently experienced first-hand the lengths that thieves will go to access and steal these high value vehicles.

Aidan Brown kept his Sterling Continental Caravan worth over £26,000 in a storage facility when thieves broke in one night and stole the vehicle. When the alarm was raised the next morning, Tracker and South Yorkshire Police worked together to locate the caravan and it was recovered just 40 minutes later in Doncaster. The caravan was safely returned to its rightful owner, but without a tracking device fitted it may have been a different story.

Commenting on the recovery of his caravan, Aidan Brown said: “Had it not been for the Tracker device fitted to my caravan and the fast actions of the police, I don’t think I ever would have seen it again. Taking the small step to fit the device means that I got reunited with the caravan and it saved me a lot of time and money. If anyone is thinking of heading out in their caravan this summer, make sure you do the same.”

“Although caravans have always been a popular target for thieves, the latest surge in price and lack of overall supply is creating a bigger opportunity for criminals,” comments Clive Wain, Head of Police Liaison at Tracker. “All too often we are seeing cases similar to Mr Brown’s where professional criminals have been able to quickly cut through barriers, locks and other physical deterrents in order to get to a caravan or motorhome.

“The good news is that there are steps that caravan owners can take to protect their beloved vehicles this summer. Getting away for a break in your own motorhome or caravan at any time of the year is fantastic, to have this opportunity taken away by a thief is absolutely heart-breaking and costly both emotionally and financially, which is why it is so important to protect the vehicle. Physical deterrents such as secure storage facilities, hitch locks, wheel clamps, alarm systems and deadbolts will reduce the chance of theft, but only a tracking device will improve the chances of recovery if criminals get past these barriers.”

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 worst happen and it is stolen.  Tracker is the only SVR provider offering vehicle tracking systems that are supported nationwide by UK police forces. Tracker’s SVR solutions work like an electronic homing device with a covert transmitter hidden in one of several dozen places around the vehicle. There is no visible aerial, so the thief will not know it’s there. 

Tracker’s Caravan Security Tips

  • Be sure to security mark the caravan with a VIN CHIP Identification System.
  • 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 planning for the 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.