Police are alerting residents to a significant rise in the theft of caravans across South Cambridgeshire villages. 24/06/2015 –- A caravan was stolen from a storage site in the early hours of the morning, in Newton. The caravan had a tracker installed. This has been recovered in another force area. Police believe a NISSAN TERRANO on false plates, was used in this crime.
26/06/2015 – 28/06/2015 –- In Duxford a caravan was stolen from storage site over a 48hr period. Intruders cut a hole in a high hedge, partially filled a ditch with soil, placed boards to bridge the gap and removed the caravan through the gap. The caravan is CRIS registered.
29/06/2015 – In Steeple Morden at approximately midday, a caravan was unhooked from its’ power source and stolen using a long wheelbase panel van (the awning was removed and left behind). CRIS registered.
Between 1800 hours on the 14/5/2015 and 0700 hours on the 15/5/2015 A Caravan Park in Earith Road, Willingham was broken into. The fence was broken down and a fence post removed to gain entry, power cables were cut. The following caravans were stolen a Sterling twin wheel Eccles touring caravan, and an ACER Firestart Caravan with a blue and grey striped design.
There are a number of simple measures owners can take to reduce the risk of theft. A key security feature to consider is a tracking device, and a caravan alarm. In addition hitch locks, plus wheel and axle locking devices can deter opportunist attacks. For more detailed advice see below:
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.sold.secure.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 (available from 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.
If anyone has any information regarding the above crimes, please do contact Cambridgeshire Police via 101, or anonymously through Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.