Tuesday 02 Apr 2019
Caravans left on sites, parked on driveways and even static caravans can be a target for thieves.
Although North Wales is one of the safest places to live, work and visit, we would like to remind caravan owners and holidaymakers of these simple steps to help reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime:
- Immobilise your caravan, even when you only stop briefly
- Fit a tracking device so the caravan can be traced if stolen
- Fit a reliable alarm and always switch it on, even if you only leave your caravan for a short time
- Lock all windows and doors every time you leave your caravan – it takes minutes for a thief to search through a caravan and their job is made simpler if they can get in easily
- Ensure the roof light and gas compartment is locked
- Never leave personal or valuable items in your caravan
- Use good quality, heavy-duty chains and hitch locks to secure your caravan
- Fix lock nuts or wheel clamps to the wheels, and padlock gas cylinders to fixing clamps
- Consider marking your property and keep a record of the information
- All caravans manufactured in the UK since 1992 have a 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) etched onto the vehicle chassis and windows. Mark your VIN number with a security marker inside cupboards and other places to help you identify your caravan if it’s stolen.
- At home, always keep your caravan keys in a secure place out of sight
- Never leave vehicle registration documents inside the caravan - they can help a thief to sell the caravan
Established in 1989, Secured by Design (SBD) is the title for a group of police projects focusing on the design and security of quality security products and crime prevention projects. It supports the principles of ‘designing out crime’ through physical security and processes.
You can search for police approved products on the SBD website.