Caravan Security Accessory Guide
You want to protect your caravan. You want to keep unwanted attention away from it and you want to make sure it stays exactly where you left it until you're ready to get towing.
You’d be surprised what extremes thieves will go to in order to get your caravan. Our job, as owners, is to make it as hard for them as possible! Or, at worst, waste as much of their time trying before they get caught or spotted and put off.
Here are a things to think about depending on your situation, and key points to remember when choosing which security options to buy for your pride and joy.
I want to keep my caravan at home
Also remember the implications of storing your van at home... If thieves don't go after your caravan, they could always know when you're not home as it's not on the drive, leaving your house at risk.
We're not into scaremongering, but Caravan magazine always recommends storing your tourer in a secure compound of some sort, not just for insurance benefits but peace of mind, too.
I want to store my caravan in a compound
Secure storage sites vary. As mentioned, they may be extensions to a caravan site as an additional option for returning campers, or dealership forecourt-style areas behind a fence, or larger and more purpose-built compounds.
Any caravan storage facility you use should be fitted with CCTV, like those that have been awarded a CaSSOA status. Another thing to think about is whether you want your tourer stored in open air or undercover.
Sites secured in garages or lock ups may offer an extra level of security, and they'll be covered from the elements, but you'll pay for the benefits. There are plenty of outdoor storage sites available that are affordable and will keep your tourer as safe as it can be. Still, if you do choose to store your pride and joy outside, you should check out the Caravan Cleaning Guide for when you pick it up ready for the summer.
What about if I'm away in the caravan?
Money off insurance with good security efforts
• AL-KO wheel clamp – 25%
• Proactive tracker (security markings) – 25%
• Non-active tracker – 10% (often not available with a factory-fitted alarm discount)
• Factory-fitted alarm – 10%
• Anti-snake stabiliser – 10%
• CaSSOA storage (four or more months per year) – 25%
• CaSSOA storage (less than four months per year) – 10%
Find out more about security product discounts with our insider guide to the secrets of caravan insurance.
What kit can I get my hands on?
Wheel locks and clamps
There are also other, even more robust, wheel clamp products available, but their increased weights mean that they’re not really a viable option for touring.
The other option for wheel security is winter wheels. Sometimes referred to as square wheels, these provide a visible deterrent to the theft of a caravan and make it impossible to simply tow away.
Secure storage sites
We’d always recommend taking as much of your gear with you as possible when leaving the tourer. If there’s kit in your caravan that has to stay there, get a security box fitted to keep it somewhere inconspicuous.
Remember to fit it securely (professionally) though, or your valuables will just be carried off in the box by criminals.
Posts and ground anchors
All you need to pay is a one-off fee of £30, and the only real downside is that it’s for recovery only, as opposed to prevention. Still, should the worst happen, this is a great way of getting your caravan back as soon as possible.
If you have to store your caravan at home, your motormover could manoeuvre your tourer into the tightest spots between your house and your garage, for example, hitch first! It's easy to use (even kids can do it) thanks to the handy remote control and intuative buttons.
This kind of storage, plus locks, posts, and everything else listed above, makes for a very unattractive theft attempt on your caravan compared to an easier option down the road or in another neighbourhood.
Sold Secure is now owned and administered by the Master Locksmiths Association and works from purpose-built laboratories.
Products are tested by a team of professional locksmiths, and Sold Secure Approval is classified into 3 main categories; Bronze, Silver & Gold (with an additional Diamond level for certain Caravan security products).
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