As the saying goes if they want it they'll take it.
This video shows despite all the security they still manged to take the caravan with in 10 minutes overcoming the concreted metal security post at the rear of the caravan and the rest of the security devises and the alarm was silenced with in seconds.
I wonder how long it would have added to the snatch if ALKO wheel locks had been fitted.
They were a bit slow, up here the police have reported a certain group of people have been removing locks and clamps and hooking up in less than 5 mins, they have even taken them off the drive in daylight whilst people have watched, when questioned by neighbours have said they are bailiffs taking it back for non payment....
Even most satalite trackers can be blocked with the right gear less that £220 will block phone and Sat signals so you would have to use your landline to make the call and tracker would not show until they turn off the blocker. So you would have to just hope that the police were on the ball to follow it... In this area they prefer you dont confront the theives.... So much for protecting your own property.....
So many changes for the new year... 4 X 4 drivers do it off road...
Here is the owners side of the stolen caravan, I have copied it from another forum
"The CCTV film of our caravan being stolen from our driveway is now on Youtube 'Caravan stolen in broad daylight' - the thieves, clearly very experienced have not been caught yet. Please have a look. The van was stolen on a sunny afternoon, the whole thing took around nine minutes ,despite ground post, hitch lock, wheel clamp, alarm..you can see and hear these things being disabled, burned/hammered off..and then see the perpetrators hook the van up and drive off....Please contact West Yorkshire police if you have any info. on 0845 6060606"
"The theft was some time ago now more than 18 months, but prior to Youtube, we had no way of sharing it and the police enquiries ...well? what can I say? The main thing as these people have not been caught is to try and stop them I hope. This was the second van we had stolen, the first saw the perpetrator caught 'cos they had been smoking when they took the van and DNA led to one of them. The wheel clamp, I can;t remember now, but the hitch lock was Alko and the corner steady locks were from Wandahome. The caravan alarm was a keypad type which is only supposed to be disabled when you tap in your personal code, but as you can see the theives seem to have their very own personal code ( a good thump to the keypad?).
Please don't let this stop the enjoyment of your caravan -its a fab way to spend your free-time, but I would recommend pro-active trackers as more relaiable than other means of security.
We have not got over the theft and are nervous every day we are out leaving it vulnerable, and yes, what would have happened if I had come home from work and seen them???
The van can ben seen being hooked up by the theives at 9.09 minutes in the film and the door being broken into/alarm going off at 8.20.
Danny's point re deactivating trackers is proving to be an eye opener for many people who had put their faith in the system not knowing that they can be blocked.
The only thing you can do is make sure you have got the correct Insurance and have the security fitted that they require and don't leave items in the caravan that can't be replaced then stop worrying life's to short.
I wonder how successful the ALKO wheel locks are proving to be, they have been out long enough now to have some feed back does any body have some information on this.