Caravan insurance firm sees increase in thefts
Caravan insurance experts Shield suggest stepping up security measures
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For the first time in years, there's been a small increase in the number of caravans being stolen over the past year or so according to insurance specialist Shield Total Insurance.
While the company hopes it's a temporary blip in the security statistics, it would like to remind caravan owners to never be complacent about security, especially as the majority of thefts have taken place at home, rather than at a secure storage facility.
Shield has released the following statistics and advice:• 57% of caravan thefts took place at home, compared to just 3% from secure storage.
• Caravans of any age and value are vulnerable to theft, not just new ones.
• Thefts are often undertaken by organised gangs, sometimes using recovery vehicles as a decoy.
• Caravan theft is a Europe-wide issue. Always be suspicious of "bargain" caravans for sale.
"We want to remind owners to be extra careful," said Stuary Craig, marketing manager at Shield Total Insurance. "Our claims prove that caravans are much more vulnerable to theft when they're kept at home.
"We suspect that many are stolen by organised gangs so it's always best to keep your caravan out of sight if you can, or preferably in secure storage. Always use as many security devices as possible, and regularly check if any of them have been tampered with."
For more information on insurance policies visit the Shield website or read our security and storage guide.
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