Police issue tips over caravan security March 2009
POLICE in the Broadland district are warning caravan owners to be on their guard as the summer months approach.
Ensuring caravans are safe and secure can help owners tackle the opportunist thief and officers have issued the following advice to help owners take appropriate action.
Lock the coupling head using a good quality hitchlock; use locking wheel nuts and a good quality clamp on the wheels; think about securing each corner using a good quality padlock and make sure it has a short shackle to prevent it being cut; if you use a chain make sure it is strong and heavy duty; consider fitting a tracking device allowing the police or a system operator to track the caravan if it is stolen; security marking on the caravan and on items it contains helps the police identify and return stolen caravans to their rightful owners and can put off thieves; always close doors, windows and any roof light when you leave even if only for a short time.; always lock your caravan and take the keys with you; at home, store the keys in a safe place that is out of sight and away from any windows and doors.
- If you see anyone acting suspiciously around caravans parked on driveways or elsewhere, trying door handles for example, call Norfolk Constabulary immediately on 999.
I know they are talking about Broadland district but this can happen in any area so do keep your eyes open Here is a caravan robbery in the day time
I think this is good advice if you could add to this then please do
All good advise But the caravan featured in the video had hitch lock, Wheel lock, alarm and a security post all removed/disabled in less than 10 minuets , as Danny noted in the discussion a tracker can be blocked .
If they want it, it appears they can take it regardless of what security you use , other than AL-KO Wheel Locks which as far as I've been able to find out, a caravan with these fitted has not been stolen to date although thieves have attempted to do so with out success ;D. Of course you'll need to have the correct wheels fitted to the caravan that allow an AL-KO wheel lock to be fitted.
All this means it's important that you have the right insurance and leave nothing in the caravan that can not be replaced so you have at least the peace of mind of knowing that should the worst happen you don't suffer a total loss .
Don't get me wrong I'm not saying that all the security items are a waste of time because having them may make the thieves look at stealing an other caravan near by that hasn't, making it easier to nick.