Posted on 10th April 2017
With the warmer months arriving, caravan owners are being encouraged to take steps to boost their security.
Officers from the High Peak Safer Neighbourhood Teams are issuing security advice ahead of the summer months to help people to better protect their property from opportunist thieves.
Safer Neighbourhood Sergeant Denis Murphy said: “Whether it’s on a site, parked on your driveway or in a lay-by on your travels, it is important to protect your caravan from the eye of a passing thief.
“Ensure that no valuables, especially sat navs, mobile phones, or tablets are left on display in your vehicle, and that your caravan or motorhome is securely lock when unattended, including closing windows and doors.
“I would also encourage everyone to remain vigilant and to contact us if you see anyone acting suspiciously, whether this be at a campsite or close to a parked vehicle.”
Top tips for caravan security also includes:
- Immobilise your caravan at all times, no matter how short the stop. Remember to put your hitch lock on to minimise the risk or your caravan being towed away;
- Fit wheel clamps. A good quality set of clamps is worth investing in since trying to remove these without keys can be noisy and increase the likelihood of thieves being caught;
- Mark items inside your caravan with your postcode using a UV Pen, or SmartWater security fluid – this will protect your property when you are using the caravan on a site, but it also makes it more easily identifiable to police in the event of it being lost or stolen;
- For added security, consider fitting an alarm or a tracking device;
- Pitch your caravan near to well-lit areas and close to any campsite CCTV if possible;
- Lock your caravan and take your keys with you. At home keep keys in a safe place, out of sight and away from windows and doors;
- Ensure that valuables are kept out of view and that blinds and curtains are closed to prevent a passing thief from looking inside;
- Keep a record of the serial numbers of accessories fitted, such as fridges and cookers;
- Ask neighbours and friends to keep an eye on your caravan and to alert the police about any suspicious activity near it.
To contact your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101 or send them a message online using the Contact Us section of our website here
To report suspicious activity please call 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.