Demand for caravans has rocketed, with 25,000 caravans sold each year in the UK alone; opening an opportunity for illegally purchased black market caravans. Criminals are taking advantage of this increased demand and more thefts are taking place overseas, with stolen units entering the UK without suspicion.
How to improve caravan security
When buying a caravan, ensure that it isn’t stolen property. Often thieves destroy the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and import stolen caravans into the UK to sell on to unsuspecting holidaymakers.
Although the Association of Chief Police Officers Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (AVCIS) is working to provide caravans with more vigilant documentation (identification marks, identity tags, etc.), there are a number of things you can do to avoid buying stolen units:
- Review the chassis stamp to see if it isn’t removed or completely altered
- Ask for the original registration document
- Ask for photographic evidence
As soon as you’ve made sure your caravan is being sold to you legally, purchase caravan insurance to secure it against any loss. To get the best and the cheapest insurance, you might need to do the following:
- Compare prices
Prices can vary greatly depending on an insurance company, so doing market research can help find the best one for your needs.
- Learn what’s covered
It’s important to understand what your insurance will cover and what’s excluded. Higher deductibles can lower your rates but avoid them being too high or you might have a difficult time coming up with the money in case of an accident.
- Look for discounts
Some insurance companies may offer a no claims discount if you didn’t make claims in the previous years. It’s possible to get as much as a 50% or 60% discount if you file no claims for the maximum number of years (usually five or six years).
Make sure you have the right type of insurance to improve your caravan security and guarantee your holiday is safe and fun. It can help protect you against financial losses in the event of accident or theft.