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 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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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/.