May 15, 2009

Caravan and Mobile Homes New Target for Thieves

Filed under: Vehicle Security — admin @ 3:22 pm

Crime Reduction Officer, PC Tim Cuthbert, warned today of the rising trend in thieves to target against caravan and holiday parks. Speaking about the latest spate of caravan and mobile home breakin-ins, PC Cuthbert said “Criminals often target these at this time of year, as they know that people can be carrying out maintenance or preparing for their summer holidays.”

If you own a caravan or mobile home the following advice should be followed to help keep your property more secure:

Lock and close all doors, windows and any roof light when the caravan or mobile homes are left unattended.

Keys should be kept safe and inaccessible if the caravan or mobile home is left at your home address.

Never leave valuables on display where they can easily be seen through a window. Consider purchasing a safe or a safe that is disguised as an everyday object like the Safe Book for storing valuables.

Install a good quality alarm and remember to use it even when the caravan or mobile home is left for short periods.

Identify all your property with security marking pens as well as the fittings.

Photograph both the exterior and interior of the caravan and keep separate records of the serial numbers, identifying marks and contents. To secure your caravan: Lock the coupling head using a good quality hitchlock. Use locking wheel nuts and a good quality clamp on the wheels.

Think about securing each corner steady by using a good quality padlock fitted with a short shackle to preventing it being cut through.

Consider fitting a tracking device allowing the police or a system operator to track the caravan if it is stolen. This may not be as expensive as you think and may reduce your insurance premium.

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