Caravan owners are ‘targeted’ and urged to install security tools to ‘deter thieves’

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Experts at Trackershop warn caravans and motorhomes are “highly targeted” by thieves with owners needing to take action to avoid being caught out. Upgrades can range from simple wheel locks and mechanisms to make it harder to steal the trailer to major security upgrades.

Extra security tools will act as a “deterrent” for criminals and are likely to prevent anyone “towing away” your caravans.

Finally, experts also warn security upgrades can help to reduce insurance premiums” as drivers will be seen at lower risk.

Trackershop said: “With caravans and motorhomes being highly targeted by thieves it’s important to think about other ways that you can keep them safe and deter thieves.

“CCTV, security lighting, alarms and secure perimeters will all act as a deterrent, and can help to reduce insurance premiums.

“To protect a vehicle left on your driveway, CCTV is extremely easy and cost-effective to install and will help increase security.

“Wheel locks can work both as a visual deterrent and an anti-theft device.

“Whilst hitch locks, that cover your lock and hitching mechanism so that no one else can hook up to your unit, will prevent anyone from towing your unit away.

“Finally, always ensure that your VIN (vehicle identification number) is etched on each window.

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“Take photographs of your unit, keep a note of your CRIS number – which along with a tracker can help to get a unit back if it’s stolen.”

Experts at Trackershop has warned caravans and motorhomes are now becoming more coveted targets for criminals than supercars and luxury vehicles.

They warned the number of people buying caravans has increased by around one fifth as more drivers look towards staycation holidays.

This has created a “huge spike” in caravans and motorhome theft with more than £1million worth of stolen vehicles recovered.

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