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Advice guide - Keeping your caravan secure

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Keeping your caravan secure

You know how valuable your own home is to you and how important it is to keep it secure. Imagine how you’d feel if someone broke in.

But what about your caravan?

On holiday or touring, you rely on it as your home. How would you feel if somebody broke in or stole it?

Don’t give thieves the opportunity.

Follow these simple steps to secure your caravan and your valuables inside it.

When your caravan is not in use

  • Your caravan is even more vulnerable when it is not being used. Immobilise your caravan using quality wheel clamps or a security post fitted near the front of the ‘A’ frame and the main body, or both.
  • Remove all your personal belongings and contents when you are not using your caravan. Leave cupboard doors and curtains open, this may help to deter opportunist thieves if they can see it’s empty.
  • Store your caravan securely. If you are choosing a storage site, don’t just look at the price. Check to see that it offers good security measures.
  • If you are leaving your caravan at home, ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your caravan as well as your home. Consider fixing good security posts on your drive to prevent your caravan being stolen.

Store your caravan securely

  • Choose a site operated by the Caravan Storage site Owners Association (CaSSOA)
  • Check to see if it offers good security measures for example secure posts to which your caravan can be hitch-locked, ground anchors, security staff or CCTV.
  • Remember if you can enter the storage area and remove your caravan without being approached, then so can a thief.

Devices for securing your caravan

Immobilise your caravan, even when you stop briefly. Make sure your caravan can’t be towed away by:

  • Locking the coupling head into a cover using a good quality hitch lock.
  • Using locking wheel nuts and a good quality clamp on the caravan wheels.
  • Chaining your caravan to a robust and secure point. Use a heavy duty chain that is made out of hardened steel to reduce the chance of it being cut through.
  • Installing a reliable alarm system (GSM)and tracking device.

Protect your caravan and belongings

  • Ensure you close and lock your doors, windows and roof lights when you leave your caravan.
  • Don’t leave anything valuable on display, laptops etc.
  • Consider security marking any valuables.
  • Never leave Caravan Registration and identification documents (CRis) in your caravan.

Buying a caravan

  • Check that the chassis number hasn’t been removed or altered.
  • Before buying privately, consider checking the caravans history on CRiS.
  • Check all the keys are available and correct.
  • Check the number plate is the same as the one on the tow vehicle. Be wary if temporary or handwritten number plates are used.
  • Always ask about built in security features such as an alarm or tracking device, caravan safe, hitch-lock or wheel clamps.

Caravan facts

Caravans manufactured since 1992 by the National Caravan Council members are recorded on the CRiS database by their unique 17 digital Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) The 17 digit vehicle identification document (VIN) should be stamped onto the caravan chassis and etched on the windows.

Even if you own a pre-1992 caravan, or imported your own caravan into the UK, you can still register it with CRiS yourself.

All caravans manufactures since August 1997 are electronically tagged for added security.

Visit the Sold Secure website for approved products.

For further and more detailed advice please refer to our Keeping your caravan secure PDF guide.

To speak to our Crime Prevention Unit about protecting your property and reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime, call 101 ext. 800 3011 or email crime.prevention@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

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