Caravan Security: Theft Prevention and Recovery
Author: Tahlia Maynard Date Posted:7 October 2016
The UK is currently experiencing a boom in its caravanning industry and has subsequently seen an increase in caravan thefts as this industry becomes increasingly lucrative.
Although we hope Australia will not suffer the same fate, it’s wise to be more conscious of our caravan security with the value of caravans rising.
The following sections are few security measures you can take to prevent caravan theft, as well as a few to recover your RV in the unfortunate event that it is stolen.
The best way to avoid having your caravan stolen is by properly preparing yourself with a variety of caravan security equipment. While every camper has a security setup that they prefer, we consider these three pieces to be the most important:
Wheel clamps lock your caravan’s wheels into place making it impossible for a thief to tow it away. When selecting a wheel clamp, you should always avoid models with thin radiating arms and exposed locks because they can easily be cut through with a hacksaw or drill. When it comes to wheel clamps, bigger is generally better.
Hitch locks prevent thieves from being able to hitch your caravan onto a tow vehicle. Although hitch locks work well on their own, they are particularly helpful when used with a compatible jockey wheel lock. When purchasing a hitch lock, be sure to look for one that has inaccessible bolts.
Although caravan covers do not appear as secure as a hitch lock or wheel clamps, they do help to keep your caravan “out of sight and out of mind” in regards to any burglars that may be lurking. Caravan covers essentially provide another deterrent for thieves to battle against and their use is always recommended during storage.
If by some ungodly act of the imagination your security setup has not kept those dastardly caravan burglars at bay, let us hope that you have previously invested in one of the following pieces of recovery equipment:
As you probably already know, a tracking device is a helpful system that helps pinpoint the GPS location of your caravan in the unfortunate case of a burglary. There are various types of tracking devices but the best ones are probably the monitored and unmonitored devices whose alarms signal you either directly via telephone/text or indirectly via a monitoring centre.
It should be noted that tracking devices do require a significant annual fee for service.
A skytag is a security marker placed on the roof of your caravan that can be seen by authorities searching the air. Each caravan gets its own personalised number code which can then be dialled in to the police in the case of a burglary. These security markers are fairly permanent, taking five times longer to remove than standard vehicle graphics.
As mentioned, every caravan camper will ultimately learn to develop their own preferred security setup. But with these few starter items, you will be well on your way to becoming a caravan burglar’s worst nightmare.