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I think it's probably a first, getting the real facts about caravan security and theft.
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Caravan Security – knowledge gained from an Operational Prison Manager and proud Caravan owner/Camper

 

Foreword

We cannot fool ourselves, we live in bad times. However, statistically you are highly unlikely to be a victim of any type of crime in the UK
. However many factors such as location, age etc. can all change those statistics.

You can do little about your age and where you live, but one huge factor is something called dynamic security – a skill still taught to security services but just as useful to individual members of the public.

Dynamic Security is about being aware and alert of risks and doing something to reduce them. It’s just common sense in many ways and trust me, just thinking about some of these tips WILL reduce the odds of you or your caravan becoming a victim of crime.

I don’t want to turn you into a nervous wreck, just to open your eyes to very simple things which, from my chats with the variety of high level and low level thieves, can prevent you becoming a crime statistic.

Again these tips are gained from talking to the actual people who do these crimes and have profited from our often stupidity and naivety. I make no apologies that this is NOT a research paper, I have not studied statistics to back these tips up but are just raw ideas from the ‘sharp end’.  I want to thank my colleagues in the Police Force for their help too.

I hope it helps.


Caravans – let’s get real

One thing we have to get real about is the vulnerability of caravans. They are NOT secure and thief proof, not even nearly.  Most motor vehicles are more secure than your average touring caravan.

The reason is simply this – to enable us to enjoy all of our comforts and mod-cons, caravans have to be built light and be safe. Having glass, shatterproof windows resistant to thieves and huge high density metal frames would add precious Kgs to your van and would need a heavy vehicle to pull it. This would also add thousands of pounds to the price of a van and put it out of the reach of people with limited budgets.

But let’s also think about the rest of the van – the door is an obvious start. How thick is that door? How much abuse could it take from a hammer, or more easily a sharp object. Get through the metal covering and believe me within minutes, there would be a big hole for a hand to reach in and unlock the door. This is unlikely to happen as have you looked lately at the type of lock used on your van to secure it? More often than not ABS plastic is part of the mechanism if not nearly all of it.

No, entry is unlikely to happen by bashing the door because a crow bar, wedged between the door and the frame would take only a few pounds of pressure to break the door open (also bashing in a door creates attention – more on this later) – the mechanism is designed to lock your family in with some confidence and prevent anyone opening the wrong caravan inadvertently but is not classed as being able to withstand any type of brute force. If you are ever in a caravan breakers, or about to break your old van – try it out. Get a crowbar or even a 12” flat blade screwdriver and see how quick you can pop the door or even more easier – a window. Again, what do we use to lock our windows – yep – ABS plastic.

There is an even easier way to break into a door without even damaging the lock – but I won’t reveal this here as it is quite unknown – the ‘jemmied door/window’ is well known and is why I have mentioned it.

The point is – locking the door will NOT prevent anyone that wants to get access to your van. Simple and that is the reality. Remember, despite the hype thieves are just like you or me. Ask yourself – how would YOU break into your van and what equipment do you need to do it. The answers will be shockingly simple.

I once locked up a prolific caravan contents thief (he didn’t steal the actual van, just made a good living robbing pitched tourers of their contents) and his only tool was a large flat bladed screwdriver. He boasted to me, whilst living in Her Majesty’s hotels for 7 years that he could get in a van within 1 minute on a bad night. And how did he do it.. prising open a window or door. Statics take a bit longer I hear, but the same methods are used as in domestic burglaries but we are talking tourers here.

Types of thief

I think it’s always important to understand the type of person who will want to rob your van. They are in three basic categories :

1. The ‘Pro’
Pro’s are people in the business for big money and gain. They are unlikely to steal your contents, more your actual van. The bits in your van will be irrelevant and just a bonus or to give to their mates as a present.

Pro’s generally steal to order and will have done their homework before taking your van. Pro’s can be put off but it will take a lot if your van is the one they want. A word of warning, Pro’s often will work in gangs and often with weapons. I would never advise tackling any type of thief- no van is worth your life or liberty, but Pro’s are the last people to take on.

2. The Druggie
Drug abuse is a big disease. The need for more drugs makes people do stupid things. Druggies are not interested in your van, just what is in it and transportable and more importantly, easy to sell on and quickly. They need a fix quick and it is estimated that the resale value of most goods stolen is 10% of their value in the drug abuse world. A £200 LCD is likely to fetch less than £20. But £20 is enough for a fix. However an average drug user will need to make £300 a day to maintain a bad heroin habit.

Druggies are often desperate, and although more often than not very unfit and weak, will do anything to evade being caught. So don’t be fooled by the poorly appearance, they often carry tools and weapons as the world of a drug user is a scary one indeed.

Druggies want to be in or out quickly, again as they are often ill and weak they don’t want to meet you so want to be out quick. Some simple measures discussed here will put them off.

3. The casual
Casuals are just that. Not particularly going out to thieve, but will be happy to do it if the easy opportunity arises. They are often ‘just kids’. This type is easy to put off, don’t leave your stuff on display and keep your doors locked. They often won’t be equipped to prise your window open – make it hard for them and the casual won’t bother with you. Casuals are more likely to steal a deckchair from your awning or an aqua roll and usually steal items for their own use.

Just a last word on thieves in general. Most acquisitive thieves do not want to meet you during the robbery as this means:

1. A possibility they could be caught or even injured
2. Longer jail term as burglary then becomes aggravated burglary – or add 2 or 3 years for luck!

Physical Theft of your caravan

Whilst getting into a van and stealing it’s contents is relatively easy – taking a caravan is not so easy and requires at least a towing vehicle. Because of this, caravan theft has to be well organised and carries additional risks for the thief as it’s often not easy to get a vehicle into an area without being notices.

However some thieves are taking more risks and the Pro’s are getting more daring. Car jacking (when you are dragged out of your car with your van attached is rare) but can happen – if you are static – say in a service station. Lock your doors – most car jacks happen by simply opening the door and dragging you out. Smashing in a window to get to you would take time, risks injury to you and the thief and therefore the likelihood of forensic evidence.

I would NEVER advise leaving your van and car unattended at a service station even with a hitch lock. Think about it – what is easier, more profitable, quicker and far less risk – taking your car AND the van OR messing around unhitching your van onto their own or a stolen (and therefore HOT) vehicle. You even help them out this way by having safe towing mirrors attached – therefore keeping out of the attention of the Police.

Gangs hang around at services looking for this type of target. This type of theft has one big advantage – motorways. Service stations are often on the edge of a major carriageway and nearly always enabling in a fast link to a variety of roads. Get on one of these, and unless your vehicle has a tracker or the police witness the theft, chances are they will be 30 miles away before the Police put the call out. In that time they could have stopped off, burnt your car out and attached it to another vehicle – or simply sited it innocently in a little field or large campsite.

If you have to stop off at services, then leave one adult in the car and lock the doors NEVER EVER leave your kids in the car with the doors locked – I have seen this!

Leave the engine running (when in panic mode, simple body functions get diverted to ‘fight mode’  and you will freeze, starting an engine becomes a difficult task) and look at your exit – if you was approached by a masked man with a crow bar, ready to put your windows in – could you run him down and make good an escape or are you trapped in by vehicles all around or concrete fencing? THIS is the first lesson in dynamic security – being aware of your surroundings.

 Always point your outfit towards an exit and with no one blocking your way. With someone smashing your windows reversing isn’t an option nor will you be able to stop panicking long enough to think straight.

So onto hitches – it’s a myth that locking the handle prevents theft. I locked a guy up who used a curled spike to get enough grip into a hitch point to drag the van off. A bit of cable was then wrapped around the hitch to prevent it bouncing off. Dangerous? Of course, but they don’t care about that do they? If they can get your van half an hour away from the scene, or even a couple of miles then that is all it takes. They then have all the time in the world to get your hitch lock off.

The best type of lock covers the actual hitch – preventing the hook method. The next best also uses a metal ‘false’ ball as well as a handle lock. Alko do a plastic one which is ok, but the metal one Purple Line supply with their hitch locks is the best and resists all but the most determined.

Remember the first rule of any crime – speed. Every minute someone takes to commit a crime is a risk to them being caught, photographed or leaving DNA.  All security you employ should be aimed at slowing the thief down.

So what about storing on a drive at home? Well the good news is there are lots of tricks to make this area more secure and cost very little.

Remember what we have been talking about – at home the same logic should apply. Slow the pro thief down and put off the druggies and casuals.

Thieves have lots of enemies – The Police, the Public, Noise, Light, Cameras. The latter is really starting to ruffle the thieves feathers. Cameras don’t lie, they can’t be threatened to withdraw statements and convince juries very quickly.

Thieves hate them – really hate them. Most casual thieves will not come anywhere near a camera and most druggies will likely be put off unless the theft is something very easy and quick in which they can cover their faces up – such as a generator. A caravan theft will take time, even for the pro so cameras are to be avoided. Put it this way, if the pro is after a 6 berth fixed bed van – then the choice between you and your CCTV camera, and your neighbour without one is an easy one.

Even some dummy cameras will do the job and are inexpensive. But remember the golden rule (and I have seen this ignored many times) – DONT put it within a step ladders reach. Mount it high up – so they cannot smash it or cover it up. ALSO hide the wires – I have seen some high mounted cameras, properly secured – only to see cable coming from the garage up the wall! The Pro will just cut the wire.

If you do get a dummy camera, make sure it looks genuine – thieves aren’t stupid and will spot a dummy.

One gadget I saw in a shop was great and can often be bought with a DIY camera kit –is a beeper that goes off in the house if a PIR is activated. It alerts you to someone being on your drive and can be an invaluable investment and great for letting you know someone is around.

PIR lighting is great – but the same rule applies as for cameras – halogen lights are easy to damage. If you can mount it high, armour or hide the cable and buy one with a protective mesh screen to avoid stone damage. Air rifles have been used to shoot and smash these so think about the strength of the glass. Paying a little more for an armoured PIR light instead of the B&Q £10 special may pay off and will put off the thief.

So what about physical security? Well remember the rule – speed. Anything that slows down the theft will be worth the money. Also noise is to be avoided, so if your gadget would make a noise to get off (or require power tools) then so much the better.

Concreted posts are good and hard to cut without making a noise – not a lot of use though if you have a large house and the van is stored in a cattle shed away from the house. This makes another  tip spring to mind – location.

To illustrate this I locked up a prolific luxury car thief. His best friend was the owners’ garage. He would spot a Porsche being driven into a garage, wait until late at night then just break into the garage. The close the door behind him and he had hours to slowly dismantle the car alarm with no risk of being seen and take his time not to damage the door locks. He would joke that a £60,000 car was put in a garage with a 3 lever lock and then he was often helped with a nice light inside and a power point for his tools!

Living on a housing estate is actually an advantage when storing caravans and particularly a cul-de-sac. These have lots of nosey people around and this puts off even Pros. All the security in the world isn’t much use if the van is nowhere near neighbours or covered up.

Thieves also consider escape routes. Pros would not pick an area where there is only one main road out, if disturbed it makes the Police’s job easy as they only have to block one road. Cul de sacs have an advantage here but if you live on an estate with easy access to a motorway, a catacomb of little alley ways (were druggies can hide in) or many exits out, then be aware you are more at risk for theft.



One last point is pets – particularly dogs. Most people are naive and think a dog is a good prevention of theft. I agree to an extent BUT only properly trained dogs are of any use. The barking family dog may alert you to something, but these dogs usually will bark at cats or anything else walking past. Do you get up EVERYTIME Rover barks during the night to see what he is barking at – or do you just shout at him to shut up?

I knew a burglar who carried dog food with him to every theft – only properly trained guard dogs will not be fooled into seeing someone as a friend who has food. Your average Rover, especially at night when dogs are hungry will stop barking at the smell of Pedigree chum. Like any animal, a dog’s primary instinct is to eat.

Caravan Property theft


This takes me onto another concern – caravan covers. These can be a boon to a thief, particularly the property thief. Think about it, get into the van, close the door – leave the cover on and enjoy lots of time without being seen by anyone. Ok, not ideal as this also prevents the thief from seeing outside – but worth thinking about.

Some ask if they should close the blinds – preventing the thief seeing in. This is a tricky one. A traffic cop once told me that a good way to prevent car theft is to be honest and show the thief you haven’t got anything. He recommended I left the glove box open and my sun visors down – two places people used to hide their car stereo facias – to show the thief – “Hey I ain’t that daft, it’s with me...”

The same logic can apply to caravans. If you close the blinds are you saying “Hey thief.. I’m hiding something – I don’t want you to look in..” – this is when the type of thief is important here. This method works with the casual thief, he will unlikely bother if he can’t see – but the druggie will likely take a great interest if you close the blinds.

So it’s a tough call, but if there is nothing in your van then advertise it – leave the blinds open and show your empty shell of a van – open the cupboard doors, remove the bedding and say to the thief – “Break in, take that risk but there is nothing here – look I’m showing you...” I even know people who have copied the method used by engineers and mechanics by having a sticker on the van saying “No valuables left overnight”. Not a bad idea.

After the earlier chat about the vulnerability of vans, only fools would leave anything valuable in a van – but people do. If you must leave stuff in then of course leaving the blinds open and hiding the LCD TV under a duvet is a cheeky move but I still feel is safer than shutting the blinds. However some thieves will know this trick and spot the lump in the duvet.

Also many vans have got fancy car stereos in them. Although car stereos became low valued a few years ago, and therefore not stolen so much, recently with GPS/Bluetooth and Ipod connections they have had a ‘new dawn’ and are therefore becoming a lot more attractive again. Remove the fascia and if it’s in cupboard, leave it open to show you aren’t daft!

It’s up to you with the blinds thing – but it sort of makes sense doesn’t it? Remember that every theft is a risk for the thief – if they don’t think there is anything worth nicking – they are unlikely to bother.

I have been asked about caravan alarms – here are some thoughts.

If you have a PIR type internal wall mounted alarm – then save the money on the batteries as this will only put off the most stupid casual thief. If you can grab the alarm off the wall and put it under the cushion – it becomes useless quickly. This also raises the issue of any alarm – how many times do you jump up out of bed and ring the Police when you hear an alarm of any type go off.

It is well known in the criminal community that no one cares about alarms. A trick for the car thief is to trigger an alarm by rocking the car and hiding – then wait for the owner to reset it. Then trigger it again, after 2 or 3 times the owner gives up when his wife gets mad – and hey presto – a disabled alarm.

If you fit any type of alarm then you have to use your dynamic security and act like every trigger is real. Remember though your physical security – a Pro may trigger it, wait for you to get out of the house – grab the keys and the alarm fob and smack you on the head. He then gets a van complete with keys and alarm remote fob (and even the mover remote too).
If you don’t intend to jump out of bed and check the trigger then don’t bother fitting an alarm. Be honest with yourself, if it was windy night and your alarm went off three times would you give up and turn it off thinking the wind has set it off. The thief thinks you will too!

If you have an alarm then a professionally installed one where the noise box is hidden and has an independent power supply back up is the only one worth the money as this will make a noise for a long time before the thief finds the box.

Wheel clamps annoy me. There are some great ones and some very cheap ones. There is a cheap one which has a simple method of removal which needs no tools. I won’t mention it here, but here is a picture of the type I am referring to. If you have one – then trust me it takes 2 minutes to get this off without even damaging it or the wheel – or removing the wheel! It is even easier if it is not fitted 100% properly which they rarely are by anyone.

Hence this type of clamp is cheap and not graded ‘sold secure’ – only the poorer skilled thief will be put off by this one. Sold Secure is there for a reason, take it’s advice.

Trackers have been mentioned to me. I can save you some money here.

There are two reasons you will install a tracker :

1. To recover your van quickly in the event of a theft
2. To put off people stealing it

If you are number 1, then a tracker is a good investment. I personally don’t want my van back if some low life gets it but if you do then this is a good system. However there is some naivety about trackers that need to be considered.

Firs t off, unlike cars there is only a finite area to install a discreet tracker. Most pro thieves will know the places they are in. Once a pro has your van in a quiet area, the first things they are likely to do is search for it in all the common places. So having a tracker is no guarantee and although the Police may do their best, don’t think within minutes of you making a phone call will the Police be rushing to the scene with their detectors. It will depend on the workload – if there has been a multiple smash up on the nearby road, you won’t be priority – and nor should you be.

Also the Police won’t go flying into the nearest traveller site with 100 units on, to grab your caravan back for you. This would require a special operation due to the risks of public order and needing a big resource of Police and cost would be considered against the actual value of the recovery.

So whilst trackers are the only way to properly get your van back (if it hasn’t been disabled) it is not the foolproof mechanism some people think it is. One other thing you need to remember is that a tracker has to be activated – in other words you need to know it is gone. I know someone who has one fitted and stores the van 10 miles away from his house in a remote farmyard. The pro will consider this and know if they can get the van out unnoticed over night, then the tracker is just a nice little box doing very little.

If you installed the tracker to put off thieves, and don’t really want it back then why not just pretend you have one and put a false sticker on the van. Saves the expense of fitting one. Remember a pro thief will be put off by a tracker but not completely and some of the reasons here indicate why.

At this stage its worth mentioning a closely guarded secret by the Insurance industry. A police officer told me this one and this confirmed what had happened to a friend of mine some years prior.

My friend lived in a bad area and regularly got his car damaged by kids, a wing mirror here, an aerial there – not worth claiming on his insurance for, but annoying. Anyway, one day he had his car stolen. He reported it to his insurers. They sent along a ‘loss adjuster’ these are people employed by the industry to save them money. The adjuster was taking down his details when my friend casually mentioned that he was considering moving as he has had so much damage to his car in the past. The loss adjuster calmly asked him to elaborate. My friend did and the adjuster shook the guys hand and bid him a good afternoon.

A letter then arrived from the insurers voiding his claim – he was not insured and would not get a penny. Why? Well when you are insured, any damage, any increase of risk of theft MUST be reported regardless of your intention to claim. Your car being damaged increases it’s risk and the insurers can if they wish then put your premium up, even if you don’t claim.

What does this have to do with caravanners? Many people are on forums telling folk how their water hog has been stolen or someone tried to get in when on a seasonal pitch. If these come to light when you do have to make a claim then your policy may be dead. Of course you don’t have to tell the insurers about past history (this is illegal by the way) but it is far easier just to inform them of silly thefts such as waste masters etc.

Most of the time, they won’t change your policy but being honest can save you thousands of pounds. It only takes a slip of the tongue for the loss adjuster to save his firm lots of cash. Oh by the way – they get commission for doing this!

Don’t believe me – ring them up and ask them – read your policy!


Dynamic Security

I’ve mentioned it already, but this can prevent so many problems – particularly on a site and as well as stuff mentioned here like area and location – there are also people to consider. Whilst you cannot suspect everyone who walks past you – trained security professionals always have a cursory glance at everyone. Be aware of your environment AND the people in it.

Now this part gets controversial but let’s not be naive here. If you get on site, and are in a dark part of the site next to a very untidy looking van with CRIS numbers rubbed off, a large family covered in tattoos, drunk and looking a lot at your van then this raises your risk – like it or not this is the real world. Ask for another pitch or if it would be obvious to them you have asked to move, leave the site.

This is not snobbery, but if someone doesn’t respect themselves or their own outfit, they won’t respect yours either.

Seasonal Pitches

Seasonal pitches may seem like a good idea, but these are good targets for all types of thieves. Most thieves know that the van will not be occupied all the time – an absence of a car, internal noise and lighting will often give that game away quite quickly. This gives the thief one thing we have discussed they all need – time.

Also it is well known that the reason people want a seasonal pitch is a sort of ‘home from home’ and being lazy human beings, we will want everything there ready to switch on when we open the door. Thieves know this too and know that a seasonal pitch is likely to be full of stuff to sell, and like we have said, unlike your own home these ‘home from homes’ are about as secure as a garden shed.

Remember seasonal pitches have one additional factor against a casual weekend pitch which increases the risk – it is not occupied, more often for the majority of the time.

A weekend pitch is likely to be occupied MOST of the time, therefore making theft less likely.

If you have a seasonal pitch then consider some ways to help yourself. First off, the easy one – don’t store anything worth nicking. Is it such a hassle to take the TV home with you – most modern LCDs are light and easy to carry so consider upgrading to one of these.

I have seen seasonal pitches, unoccupied with dishes mounted on the roof. When I asked the owners if they wasn’t worried about the dish going walkies, they correctly answered “They are too bulky to steal, and anyway they aint worth much”.

No, they only cost £14 new and are bulky to hide in a carrier bag – so only casuals would nick a dish. But what they wasn’t thinking was that this says “Hey Mr thief – I have a digibox on board” – apart from LCDs and SatNav units – Digiboxes rank high in the druggie hit list. An example of those people NOT using dynamic security!

Worth making another point here – consider if your van has satellite dish mounts on the wall, or external satellite plug sockets that this also tips off the thief you use such equipment.

Also as discussed earlier, remove the front fascias from installed stereos and if it’s in a cupboard, leave that open too to show it has gone.

Another idea, although this only puts off casuals and the most stupid druggies, is to have a timed light in the van and a radio/TV that comes on to try and fool the thief that the van is occupied. Unfortunately many site owners won’t allow the van to be connected when unoccupied.

If you are looking at a seasonal pitch then look very hard at a few things before you select it. Don’t look at the pitch as a pitch, more as a storage area. If you was picking a storage area you wouldn’t look at how nice the toilet block was, or how near to the beach the van is – no you would look at the security – yet so many people don’t even think of this when picking a seasonal pitch yet this is the most important factor as the van wont often be occupied.

Also the Police are a very good resource. Some people have been quoted on the forums as saying that (following a property/van theft) that the site owners told them there has been no problem with theft. Well there may be some honest people around, but when discussing handing over £1200 for 4 month site fees, do you seriously expect the owners to tell you this site is 10 minutes away from a drugs hot spot? So don’t ask the owners, well you can but don’t rely on it. Instead ring the local Police, and ask them there opinion.

Police like being asked for their help and like to impart their local knowledge. Believe me no-one has better knowledge of every aspect of a local area than the Police.  If they think it is risky then walk away and find a pitch that isn’t.

Also one last word on location – look who is next door. Enough said.

 

Storage

A few quick words on storage. I hear a lot of naive talk about storage, particularly the private ‘farmer’ type storage. How the farmer tells the owner that he has never had theft, how he is insured for theft (yes HIS property not yours) and how no one even knows he stores caravans there (well apart from you, the others owners and their friends).

Although there are many good, kind people who may even be telling the truth (as they perceive it) the reality often only comes to roost when your van disappears and you discover there was no insurance covering your van, your own insurance is void and this farmer had three tractors stolen 4 months ago.

First off, it is highly unlikely your van has any form of insurance cover by the site owner’s insurance policy. He would have to pay a fortune for this as his insurers would be under great risk.

Storage, like seasonal pitches are a great magnet for theft.

Myself, I would only store my van with the guidelines laid out by the CaSSOA  - I won’t go into this here, they have their own website.

If you have no option but to have your van sited on a non CaSSOA then try one little test to see how safe you are. Visit your van, preferably not in your usual car and wearing a hood (so there is no excuse they knew it was you) or better still send a friend with your keys and see if you can get to it without anyone popping out to see who you are. If you can then it’s not worth the money.

Last words

I hope this has helped you think a bit more about security and given you some food for thought. Remember , as they say on crime watch, don’t worry - the statistics are on your side and you can change these statistics to your benefit or to your detriment as discussed here.

Hopefully dynamic security makes some sense now.

Millions of years ago we developed a survival instinct which looked after us and our children in times of danger. We still have that sense, but we ignore it as we trust £10 alarms more or the ‘nice man on the phone’. However your gut instinct is often right.

If you park at a site that feels just wrong, then go to another one. If someone next door bothers you, then there is likely a good reason.

Don’t fight your instincts.

Here are some tips summarised with a few more thrown in for good luck :

·         Thieves are not stupid – they are often very well organised and have good intelligence levels

·         Thieves are often armed – don’t tackle them unless your life or another’s is at risk

·         There are 3 main categories of thieves, think about this when you plan your security – who are you putting off? Which type of thief is more likely to be in your area, or where the van is stored?

·         Wall mounted PIR alarms are easily disabled

·         Alarms may summon you but are unlikely to alert neighbours or the public

·         If you don’t intend to respond to every activation of your alarm then it becomes worthless

·         Not all dogs are loyal enough to resist befriending someone with some nice food

·         Advertise to anyone passing that you have nothing in your van by leaving blinds open and cupboards open

·         Never leave children alone in a car at a Service station

·         When at services, keep your exit route clear and your engine running

·         All security should be visible and primarily to slow down the thief, no security will fully prevent a theft

·         Caravans are NOT secure and very easy to access

·         You cannot have property taken from a caravan if it’s not in there in the first place

·         MountCCTV and PIR lighting away from easy access – ensure cables are hidden or armoured

·         Seasonal pitches massively increase the chances of caravan theft

·         Digiboxes are high on the list of thieves, along with SatNavs, On board high tech stereo units and LCD TVs

·         Not having a car parked outside your van is the first indication to a passing thief that your van may be a ‘go-er’

·         When assessing a seasonal pitch think about it as you would a storage area, not just for the nice things such as toilet blocks and shops

·         Speak to the Police before considering a seasonal pitch, ask about nearby estates, thefts from the area

·         There is nothing ‘snobbish’ or unfair about looking at the people around you – it could even save your life – all security professionals are taught this in training

·         External satellite dish mounts or sockets show the caravan thief you use that equipment

·         If your van is in paid storage and you can get to it without anyone on site challenging you or popping out to see who you are then it is not worth the money

·         When it comes to security products, Sold Secure are the only ones worth buying as they are tested to different levels of resistance by consultation with the Police

·         A tracker is only any good when you know the van is gone and you activate it

·         If you have ANY attempt at a break in (or even a theft you don’t want to claim on) then you MUST tell your insurers. If you make a claim at a later date and they find out you have had an attempted theft then your policy is void

·         A cheap cable lock is a good idea for water hogs and waste masters to avoid them being stolen by casual thieves

·         If you feel something is wrong – then you are probably right – trust your instincts

 

 

A word from Wizard
Kids safety , this link will take you to what i would say is a difficult subject , you will see what i mean if you read it and the link within, i thought for quite a while as to weather i should upload it .
I decided that if it keeps even one child safe, it would be worth while being here.  If you feel uncomfortable reading it then hit the back button .