Is your security up to scratch? Tips on securing your caravan at home

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  1. Tarmyn says:

    Take the jockey wheel off darn difficult to shift without it

  2. Paul says:

    Having kept my van on the drive for many years, and having hithlock and wheelclamp on it and behing locked gates, it was stolen in April 2013 at 10.30 in the morning by being lifted onto a lorry that had a crane attached, so the security devices were rendered useless. My new van now has massive chains as well as Alko wheel and hitch locks and an alarm, chains go over the axle and chassis and are attached to a ground achor in the centre of the drive, with high security padlocks. A pain to undo it all when we go away, but rather that than finding the drive empty again, a terrible feeling. Also had hassle agreeing the insurance settlement because they would not pay the amount that the van was worth on the open market.[ Not Caravan Guard I hasten to add] Now have an agreed value on my new policy, so regardless of market values I get the agreed amount that it’s worth, to replace with the same type.

    • Hi Paul, sorry to hear that. It just goes to show how thieves can strike at any time. It seems as though you’ve invested a lot in new security so hopefully you’re caravan is safe and secure.

      Thanks for getting in touch.

  3. John MacBride says:

    Some years ago I found a motion activated security light which also has a unit which can be plugged into any 13 amp socket – when motion outside is sensed either night or day, the internal unit sounds a “ding-dong” which obviously alerts us. The sensitivity can be adjusted to reduce activation by cats or dogs. Several times this has wakened us in the middle of the night to see 1 or 2 people around our cars or caravan – they quickly depart when they realize we are awake.

    • Hi John, thanks for getting in touch.
      It’s amazing how well secure lighting works – and shocking how popular caravans can be to thieves! Glad to hear it’s working so well for you.

      Lucie

  4. ian says:

    normally reverse van up the drive and tight fit between house and boundary fence then pull van round 90degrees so hitch away from the road and can see door from house windows with h/d clamp on same side to see from the road then padlock couple of wheelie bins to the fence making space to small without removing bins andstops bins blowing away during bad weather

  5. John Rumford says:

    Remove the wheels and fit a JSB Hublock (or 2 if double axle) to one side and JSB stands as winter wheels. This is the only reliable way of protecting your caravan with complete confidence in my opinion. No, I am not linked to this company but am a great advocate of this product. It really works and with locking wheel nuts they simply cannot be removed by anyone else (not even with reverse thread techniques used by the trade). This product is so good it should be worthy of significant insurance discount in my opinion.

  6. Marty Hawes says:

    I Have our Van Parked Up side my house on a concreat drive,its got chains bolted through the concreat drive and wrapped around the rear chasy,Alco wheel clamps 2 on the wheels,it also has to be put in the drive by the moter mover,its about 8 inches off the gable wall,its got 2 security locks on the towing hitch, and its got a Tracker fitted by the Manafacturers of the chasy ALCO,AND YOUR WRIGHT THIEVES DONT LIKE LIGHTS DO THEY,500wats of quarts day light shine down from heavan haliluya,sorry about the spellings LOL…………….

  7. Ron Coles says:

    I have a Tracker Alko wheel lock Alarm & Hitchlock and live next door to nosy nieghbours

  8. Colin Eccles says:

    It may be worth mentioning that when you put your ‘van away for the winter (on your driveway) it ‘s so easy to remove the wheels and store them elswhere !.
    And it also helps to have your towcar parked in front of the ‘van as the thieves would need to remove that before getting access to the ‘van.
    This has worked for me for a good while, and I see no reason to change.

    • Colin
      Good idea to remove the wheels. Seems a popular suggestion. A towcar parked in front of the caravan is a good barrier to theft, although it oviously can’t be relied on as a barrier when the car is being used independently. Theives can strike at any time.

  9. Maurice Alderson says:

    We had our garage converted to accept the height of our caravan. The garage also has an electric door adding to security. Not only does it provide secure storage but it protects our pride and joy against the elements. We recently bought a new high spec van to replace our 32 year old Abbey which was in really good dry condition.
    The cost of the garage conversion has been easily recouped in lack of storage fees, peace of mind security and the prolonged life of our holiday home.

    • Maurice, keeping your caravan in a locked garage is certainly one of the most secure storage options and as you say protects your caravan from the weather. It sounds like it really paid dividends when it came to the condition of your Abbey caravan. I guess garaging is not an option for every caravan owner though. If owners are worried about their caravan being affected by the elements whilst outside in storage they could check out last month’s blog post which discusses caravan covers.

  10. Bob Robinson says:

    A simple way is to jack it up remove the wheels, this serves two points one to give the suspension a rest, no weight on it and a visible deterent no wheels ! This also give the tyres a rest, Hope this helps you Cheers Bob

  11. David J Jones says:

    I park My Van on My frontage of the property, But it can only be removed by using the motor mover as it is about 18 inches from the property wall across the Bay window and around 18 inch lower than the pavement, it is also fitted with a wheel clamp and I remove the Jockey Wheel and finally it has a cctv camera watching it.

    • David
      It’s great to hear about the lengths you have gone to protect your caravan from theives whilst in storage. Like Dan you’re making it really hard for thieves to access your caravan by using your motor mover to get it into a tight spot. CCTV is also a good deterrent. We want to hear what other caravan owners do to protect their caravan in winter storage.

  12. Dan Pederson says:

    If you have a motor mover on your caravan then drive the caravan on to your drive A frame end first as it’s much harder for a thief to tow away quickly.

    I have the following security in place
    Caravan driven on to the drive A frame first
    Hitch lock
    Wheel clamp
    Locked gates
    2 x security posts at the rear of the caravan
    Alarm
    CCTV 24/7
    Security lights
    So I’m pretty confident that know one will steal our caravan.

    • Dan
      It’s a good tip to have the caravan A Frame pointing up the drive and then having the posts at the rear.
      Security lighting certainly helps.
      The alarm will get you a caravan insurance discount.
      You’re really making life difficult for any potential caravan thieves which is great.
      Thanks for telling us.

  13. Jeff Evans says:

    From the article above:
    “We recently revisited our claims archives and discovered that 26% of all caravan thefts or attempted thefts made between 2010 and 2013, occurred when the caravan was stored or parked at home.”

    So how about the other 74% of thefts or attempted thefts? Let us have the full picture please!

    • Hi Jeff,

      Thanks for getting in touch. This article focuses on caravan security at home and the statistics shown here relate to that. We prefer to tackle one topic at a time to avoid having lots of varied stats in a single article. We report on claim patterns regularly so it’s worth checking for similar stories either here on the blog, in the e-magazine or on our social media pages.

      Many thanks

      Lucie

  14. Stewart Hathaway says:

    Do winter wheels help prevent theft of caravans

    • Stewart – you would certainly think they make the job a lot harder for the thieves. It’s not completely unheard of the thieves coming equipped with a set of wheels to steal a caravan which has had wheels removed but I’m sure most thieves would turn their attention to an easier target.


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