Motorhome and Caravan Security

 

Your motorhome or caravan is not only an expensive asset, but it is probably filled with valuable contents which makes them a popular target for thieves. Whether your motorhome is worth £1000 or £100,000, there is always a risk of theft, for this reason it is essential to use the best possible security measures to help keep your motorhome and its contents safe and secure.

There are many simple ways to keep your motorhome or caravan secure, many of which are the same as any home, such as ensuring you remember to lock your windows and doors when the vehicle is vacant and to avoid leaving valuables on display. For additional security, there is also a wide range of security products available that help to deter thieves and reduce the risk of theft.

 

Motorhome Security Products:

 

Wheel clamp

Wheel clamps act as an instant visual deterrent as they take time to remove. Wheel clamps ensure your motorhome or caravan’s wheels are completely immobilised and near impossible to move, meaning it cannot be driven when these are attached.

 

Steering wheel lock

A steering wheel lock will fit across the steering wheel of your motorhome, and similar to a wheel clamp, they act as visual deterrents and immobilisers as potential thieves can’t make a quick getaway.

 

Handbrake/gear lock

A gear lock will lock your gear stick to your handbrake, putting another obstacle in the way and increasing the effort required to steal your motorhome, therefore deterring opportunist thieves.

 

Alarms

Most modern motorhomes will come equipped with an alarm, however if your motorhome is an older model there are plenty of alarms on the market which will increase your security. Alarms will have various features such as internal motion sensors, external sensors and built-in cameras.

 

Security post

Security posts are ideal for those who keep their motorhome at home. A security post is a simple, yet effective form of security which can be used in driveway and garage entrances. It works by locking in a upright position in front of your motorhome, securing it in place.

 

Tracking device

A tracking device will monitor your home at all times, letting you know exactly where your vehicle is. If your motorhome does get stolen, a signal is sent by a remote control centre pinpointing your motorhomes exact location, giving you a much higher chance of retrieving it. We always recommend calling the police, rather than looking for the vehicle yourself.

Caravan Security Devices

Hitch Locks

The first step in protecting your caravan from theft is providing a deterrent to thieves, who are often opportunists that will make off with the least secure-looking vehicles. Hitch locks are an effective and visible anti-theft device that can help provide this deterrent.

These locks cover the hitch and make it impossible for thieves to attach your caravan to their own car and tow it away. This gives you peace of mind that your caravan is safe and sound in the campsite – right where you left it.

 

Security Anchors

The purpose of a ground anchor is to provide a safe and immobile anchor point which you can attach your motorhome or caravan. This not only acts as a deterrent, but it would also cause any potential thief massive agro. If secured properly, a thief would not be able to detach your caravan from the ground.

Caravan Locking Winter Wheels

If you don’t tend to use your caravan over the winter months then it’s important to keep it safe. ‘Winter Wheels’ protect your caravan’s wheels from degrading and developing flat spots or cracks. It also makes it almost impossible for your caravan to be towed away.

 

Caravan Alarm Systems

Just like you would in your home or motorhome, you can have a security system in your caravan. Battery operated cameras are useful for keeping your caravan safe, as you may not have access to electricity on the road. Even if you don’t wait an actual alarm in your caravan, putting stickers in the window to say that you do have a system could deter a potential criminal

 

Finally, when increasing the security of your motorhome you will also need to bear in mind the requirements of your insurance company. Many policies will state the security measures required in order to keep your policy valid so you are covered should the worst happen. Make sure your policy not only covers your motorhome itself, but also the valuables inside it. For more tips regarding security of your home and belongings visit https://www.keytek.co.uk/security-tips/

 

Glastonbury increase festival security

Following the recent tragic events in London and Manchester, Glastonbury 2017 has massively increased their security. Festival goers will notice a few major changes, including thorough security checks and the placement of shuttle buses to help those affected to cope with large crowds.

For security reasons, festival goers will all be subjected to multiple searches of their bags and vehicles.  As a result, entrances will be considerably slower and there will be an increased number of queues, for this reason ticket holders are asked to pack light so searches will be quicker. Festival staff has advised all festival goers to put luggage tags on all bags and to prevent wrapping belongings in plastic wrap, in order to provide easy access during searches.

All measures taken this year are necessary for maximising public safety and security, with staff at Glastonbury working closely with the authorities. Festival goers are asked to play their part by packing lightly, planning their journey and cooperating with staff.  We hope everyone with a ticket enjoys themselves!

Sources:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/glastonbury-2017-7-changes-security-10569175

http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/important-information-for-glastonbury-2017-ticket-holders/

Woman discovers burglar in her Cumbernauld home

A woman discovered a burglar, dressed in all black, in her bedroom at 4.30am while she was sleeping.  After the burglar fled from the property the victim noticed several of her belongings had been stolen, including her mobile phone from her bedside table.

Upon closer inspection, it was brought to light that the burglar had been rummaging through cupboards at the property, and had gotten away with contents which will require a four figure sum to compensate. The victim’s patio door was discovered wide open following the burglary, indicating this was the main access into and out of the home.

According to the Police.UK website, research shows in the majority of burglaries, criminals most commonly broke into homes by forcing the locks on doors. For this reason, we believe it is vital to ensure the locks on your doors are strong and secure.

 

When upgrading the locks on your doors, our locksmiths will always recommend a British Standard lock, as these are widely recognised as a sign of quality and reliability. Our locksmiths are experienced, credible and trustworthy, and will ensure to only recommend the best quality products when carrying out a full home security and insurance compliance check.

If you are looking for a local locksmith in Cumbernauld to upgrade your locks, the KeytekTM engineers are all CRB checked and fully accredited by industry experts, ensuring that you will receive a reliable and professional service. Call 01236 800105 to book a local locksmith today, or for further information visit https://www.keytek.co.uk/north-lanarkshire/cumbernauld/

Sources:

https://www.police.uk/crime-prevention-advice/burglary/

http://www.cumbernauld-news.co.uk/news/crime/cumbernauld-woman-discovers-burglar-1-4467254 

Home Security Basics for Children

Home security basics for children

­Home Security Basics Children Should Know

Everyday life can be extremely busy making it near impossible to protect your children at all times. For this reason we believe it is important to teach children home security basics so they are able to protect themselves when necessary.

It’s an emergency!

 Emergencies can happen at any time and place, so teaching children the right steps to keep them safe and secure is imperative. A good start would be writing down emergency phone numbers in an easy to access place, such as the emergency services, your contact numbers and the details of any other trusting adults.

Don’t let people know you’re home alone!

In order to help protect your children, it is important to help them understand why there are certain actions they should not take as they could put them in danger. Is it vital to stress the importance of children never letting anyone know there are no adults home.

Child friendly alarms

We believe it is important to have a burglar alarm installed, especially if your children are often home unsupervised. There are various burglar alarms on the market with child friendly settings, allowing a child to know exactly how to arm and disarm the alarm.

Who’s at the door?

One of the most important things you could teach a child is how to handle a stranger. In the occasion a stranger is at your door when a child is home alone, having an intercom will allow them to address the stranger without opening the door. Remind your child not to open the door to anyone they do not recognise or trust, and to alert you immediately if a stranger is at the door.

What’s the secret code?

Creating a secret password only known by your close ones can help prevent an emergency situation. Children can be told not to engage with strangers unless they state the secret password.

The use of these simple tips can help keep your children safe and secure, and help you feel more content when leaving your children home alone. While a parent can do everything in their power to protect their children, it is crucial to teach them security basics which can help protect themselves, which is a vital life skill.

If you are concerned about the security of your property, one of our accredited and DBS (CRB) checked locksmiths can provide a security check and recommendations. Call 0330 332 0589 to get this booked in today.

A tenant’s guide to home security

 

a tenants guide to home security

Home security can become confusing when renting a property, with responsibilities being shared between the tenant and the landlord. Although it is up to the landlord to ensure the safety of their tenants, there are many ways a tenant can minimize risk and increase their home security.

 

Make use of your locks!

If you feel the locks previously fitted to the property are not secure, or someone else other than your landlord may have a spare key, you should consider having your locks changed before moving in. Always request your landlord’s permission and notify them before making any changes to prevent breaching your contract. When booking a locksmith to change the locks on your property, you want to ensure you are using an Engineer who is experienced, credible and cost efficient. All Engineers at KeytekTM Locksmiths are fully assessed and accredited and provide customers with the best possible solution. Book a locksmith today using our website www.keytek.co.uk or call us on 03303320589.

The simplest way you can protect your security is by making use of the locks already fitted on your doors. Remembering to lock your doors and windows every time the house is left vacant can noticeably reduce the risk of burglary. For additional security a sliding lock or door chain can be installed, these are not costly and will provide extra peace of mind.

Don’t buzz anyone in! 

If you are living in a building with multiple flats you will most likely have an intercom/buzzer system installed. In a generation where food and clothing can be delivered to our doorstep, it is easy for an intruder to disguise themselves as a delivery man or similar in order to gain entry into your property, especially over an intercom where they are heard and not seen. Make sure to be extra vigilant when buzzing people in and ensure you are only giving access to someone you recognise or are expecting.

Research the area before moving in… 

 

If you are looking at properties for renting it is worthwhile to research the area before moving in. There are many facilities online, such as crime statistics online and Street Advisor, which will provide you with crime statistics by postcode.

Get contents insurance. 

 

Your landlord will be responsible for the building and any fixtures inside it, and furnishing they have provided. To insure your own contents you should consider contents insurance, this covers your household goods from furniture to more valuable items. There are various tenant contents insurance available which are designed to protect your possessions from flood and fire damage as well as theft.

Contact your landlord!

It is important to always have a direct line of communication open with your landlord. If your rented property is not secure, or there is damage to the property which affects your security, it is crucial you contact your landlord. Your landlord will have some basic responsibility to ensure the property is safe and secure.

 


 

Here at KeytekTM Locksmiths we believe everyone should feel secure in their home, whether it is your own property or you are renting. Our locksmiths offer an extensive security check service, and are fully trained to the highest standard ensuring to offer the best solutions possible. Visit https://www.keytek.co.uk for more information or give us a call on 03303320589.