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Caravan security

If you are a caravan owner, or thinking of buying a caravan it is useful to know how to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of caravan thieves while at home or on holiday.

Most caravan crime is preventable and there are many different types of precautionary measures that can help to keep your caravan safe.

Top tips for owners

  • make sure your caravan is locked and the keys are safe
  • lock the coupling head into a cover using a hitchlock
  • use locking wheelnuts and a good quality clamp to secure caravan wheels
  • chain your caravan to a robust and secure point
  • make your caravan less desirable - use security markings and visible warnings that let people know your caravan is registered and identifiable
  • install a reliable alarm system
  • install a tracking device
  • protect your belongings - don't leave valuables on display
  • mobile phones, laptop computers and cash will attract thieves
  • always close doors, windows and rooflights when you leave your caravan

If you are buying for the first time

When buying from a registered dealer you should:

  • Ask about alarm systems - your dealer of manufacturer will be more than happy to talk you through the various alarm systems available.
  • Ask if the caravan comes with any additional security - training devices, hitchlocks or wheel clamps may be included in addition to any alarm systems.
  • Make sure the caravan is tagged - all caravans manufactured since August 1997 should have been tagged for added security.
  • Register your caravan with the Caravan Registration and Identification Scheme (CRiS).  CRiS is a national register for touring caravans in the UK.

If you are buying second-hand

  • Never buy from a pub car park or motorway service station - these are prime locations for thieves to sell stolen property.
  • Make sure the seller can provide proof of identity and a valid home address.
  • Check the chassis number.  Make sure it has not been altered or removed.  If you have doubts, contact your local crime prevention officer .
  • Check the caravan history through CRiS.