Securing your caravan is always an issue, especially if your like us and you live in it full time. Its not just your holiday home in our case it is our home!
I was asked recently what we have found and what do we do to make us secure.
Firstly as part of our insurance we have to have a wheel lock fitted at all times when pitched up. This we always do, and is one of the first things we do when we pitch up and the last thing we do before we move. We are also alarmed, and have all windows security marked. We also have an extra lock on our door that the previous owners had fitted. A right chunky affair but its extra peace of mind.
We have thought about a hitch lock, but to be honest if they want your van they will have it, no matter what security devices are fitted.
After working within the vehicle security industry for a few years, the lengths that the criminals go to ensure that they get your van are staggering.
Caravan theft is basically not done by your opportunist thief, in most cases they are stolen to order.
There are various tracking systems on the market, some good, some not so good, being biased I would have to say to take a look at TRACKER, a cracking system and with full endorsement from the boys in blue what more can you ask for!
Take a look here to see how good they are!
Camp site owners also do alot to minimise the problems, we have stayed on sites which lock their gates after 2300hrs and are unlocked at 0730hrs. We have also stayed on a site which kept their gates locked all the time and we were given keys to get in and out!
Some times you rely on the fact that you are off the beaten track, and I do mean a track, and you have to drive by the owners house to get to the site.
It is a difficult thing to know what to do exactly.
We have only stayed on one site where we felt uncomfortable leaving the van, we didnt stay there long.
When we take the generator with us, thats chained to the chassis of the van by a motorcycle secure padlock and chain, so they would have a job to get through that. I have once used two bike locks linked together to the aqua rolls and chained to the chassis, as well as the waste hog.
Generally we keep the blinds down when we are out, and the curtains or shutters on the awnings down. I guess we could padlock the awnings up, but where do you stop!
I would like to think that fellow caravanners and campers look out for each other, but some folk just seem to go deaf and blind when trouble brews!
I think the statistics for caravans being stolen from camp sites are very low, due to the prospect of being seen, they are mostly stolen from either peoples houses, or from unsecure storage areas. Easy pickings Im afraid.
If your vans on your drive, try and make it as difficult as possible for them. Security posts are a good idea, being visible, should put them off. No easy access to the hitch as well, ok, it maybe more awkward for you to move the van out before hitching up, but if its easy for you to hitch up so it will be for the thief!
Where we are now we feel totally secure, even though we are the only ones in this field!
If anyone has some good tips for securing their van then please let us know.
Specifically a cadac lock, if that goes missing Ill be heart broken - and hungry!
So dont have nightmares - till later...............