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Motorhome thefts down - but accidents up by 40%

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THEFTS of and from motorhomes have fallen for the first nine months of the year, new figures show.

Research from insurance specialist Caravan Guard show that claims for theft of and from motorhomes fell by almost 50% between January and September when compared to the same period last year.

The company attributes the fall to increasingly vigilant and security conscious motorhome owners as well as ever improving security products available to motorhome owners such as high tech tracking devices and alarms.

Director Chris Nettleton adds: "It's great to see theft falling. We encourage our customers to invest in security - we offer up to 35% discount for various security devices including 30% off for tracking devices.

“We are also seeing a rise in motorhome owners improving the storage conditions for their motorhomes by fitting driveposts or locked gates at home or choosing high security storage sites."

At the same time the company has seen a 40% plus increase in accidental damage claims since last year – driveway scrapes, hitting low walls and bridges just a few unfortunate instances observed.

Chris added: "Accidental damage claims are by far the most costly types of claim in motorhome insurance. Accidents can happen to even the most experienced of drivers and it's our job to get people back on the road as quickly as possible - almost 90% of our customers rate our overall claims service as exceptional or above average so we must be succeeding.”

He continued, “We do however, reward owners with an insurance discount for fitting reversing cameras or sensors which may just help to avoid a few minor bumps."

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