Tips for keeping your caravan secure
18 July 2012
For many of us, our caravans are among our most prized positions. These humble vehicles are the key to holidays in the countryside, long drives with the family and even the occasional trip abroad.
As such, they need to be protected, and not just be caravan insurance (although that is important). There are a number of effective steps that you can take to keep your caravan safe throughout the year.
First of all, it's important to remain vigilant against thieves, no matter where your vehicle is parked. Even if you've just stopped along the way to your destination to stretch your legs, make sure your caravan is secure before leaving it.
There are a great many security devices available on the market, such as alarms to scare away thieves. Try to get one which is at least 115 decibels and be sure to display the fact that your caravan is fitted with the it if you can.
Investing in wheel clamps is a good way to keep your vehicle safe too; they may not be foolproof but they can act as a visual deterrent to opportunistic thieves.
They vary quite a bit in terms of how well they're fitted and how effective they are, so be sure to do your homework and ask around to find out the right set for you.
Another precaution you can take is to use hitch locks; the best ones are made from heavy steel, cover the tow socket fixing bolts and have a good lock.
These don't offer absolute protection when a caravan is just in storage, but they will deter thieves and make the vehicle much more secure if you're leaving them unattended at home or on site.
In case the worst happens, it's also well worth it to make sure you take plenty of pictures of your caravan, especially if it has any distinguishing characteristics. This will help you to identify the vehicle if you should be separated from it.
Perhaps the most important thing that you can do to protect your caravan is to have the right insurance. The Caravan Club offers its Members a range of comprehensive policies to suit their needs, and you can be sure that they are designed by caravanners, for caravanners.