A caravan can cost between £5,000 and £20,000 so it’s important to treat it as a valuable item and protect it against any loss. Statistics show that around 5,000 caravans are stolen each year, with caravan thieves using more sophisticated means to get away with their crimes, which is why it’s crucial for caravanners to exercise vigilance and take measures to ensure the safekeeping of their vehicles. Here are our top 5 tips for your caravan security.
1) Install tracking devices
Fitting a caravan tracking device can immediately pinpoint your caravan’s location.
2) Get insurance
Caravans are vulnerable to more risks than just being stolen. With insurance, you get protected against fire, theft, flood, any accidental damage, etc. You can even recover your damaged caravan when abroad and have it delivered back to you once repaired.
3) Get CRIS registration
Make sure you register your caravan with the CRIS (Caravan Registration and Identification Scheme) database. CRIS marking can help make your caravan more difficult to steal. When you buy a CRIS registered caravan, you can see if it’s listed as stolen, scrapped or having outstanding finance.
4) Leave your caravan secured
Even if you’re not on holiday, your caravan can be stolen or damaged at lay-bys, motorway service stations or even storage sites. Security posts are particularly useful for those who keep their caravan at home; they’re detachable and can fold down so you can manoeuvre your caravan into any position.
5) Lock the doors and windows
This may seem pretty obvious but it’s important even if you’re always around or in your caravan. When you’re leaving your caravan for a minute or are sleeping inside, locking the doors and windows can help deter thieves.
Going on a caravan trip is an inexpensive way to travel but only if you do everything to make it safe. Lack of protection can result in financial losses, so be sure you take extra precautions to protect your caravan against theft and damage.