Following theft and attempted theft of caravans. Cambridgeshire Constabulary advise taking security precautions to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of caravan theft.
Immobilise your caravan, even if you are stopping for a short time.
Many caravan owners will be aware of hitch locks and towing eye locks, as well as wheel clamps that are useful for when the caravan is not in use.
Always look for attack tested products which you can find via www.soldsecure.com (gold standard products will be the ones that achieved the highest attack standard)
Fit an alarm and use it each time you leave your caravan. Lock windows, doors and roof lights plus the gas compartment when you leave for any period of time. Keep the keys with you.
Also look for lockable corner steadies. Alarms are available with tilt sensors, as well as leg sensor alarms. Other items that may be useful are secure locks for the main entry door (FIAMMA or Milenco) for example. Take valuables with you when you leave the caravan, or lock them away. Don’t leave items on display to tempt thieves. Specialist safes are available for caravans. Register your property for FREE with www.immobilise.com you can register anything with a serial number such as bicycles, mobile phones, laptops and also more unique items by uploading a digital photo.
It is also worth considering using lockable posts or bollards so that the caravan cannot easily be towed away, think about how and where your caravan is parked, park up tight with the nose facing in to help deter opportunist attacks.
Never leave registration documents within the caravan they may help a thief to sell the caravan on.
Tracker devices will help trace your caravan in the event it is stolen. Also register with CRiS when you purchase your caravan, check the windows are registered and etched accordingly.
When purchasing a new caravan ask about the safety and security features included.
All caravans produced since August 1997 should be electronically tagged.
When buying a second-hand caravan, try to verify the seller’s identity and check the number plate on the caravan matches the one on the tow car. If the caravan is registered with CRiS (Caravan Registration and Identification Scheme) you can check its history.
If it is not registered call 0203 282 1000 or online www.cris.co.uk
If your caravan will be unused for long periods think about removing the wheels, and rest the structure on a wheel stand.
For companies offering secure storage facilities, look for CASSOA certified facilities with ‘Gold award’ status, they should have basic security standards such as CCTV, and a no tailgating policy.
Rachel Carr, Crime Reduction Officer.