We wrote recently about keeping your caravan safe from theft, but it’s also important to look after the items inside your caravan, and avoid any opportunist thieves making off with your belongings.
As much as theft of caravans has fallen over the last ten years, theft of items from inside caravans has risen.
Caravan’s in storage
If your caravan is in storage, either at home or on a storage site facility, then the simplest way to keep your belongings safe are to remove them from the caravan altogether. We’d recommend removing any portable items of equipment such as televisions, stereos, DVD players and even the likes of aquarolls and awnings from the caravan and leaving the curtains open so it is immediately obvious to anybody looking in that there is nothing to steal.
Remember if your caravan is kept in storage for long periods of time then something that might be worth considering is a proactive 24 hour monitored tracking device system. Using sensors which detect movement, or via a link to an alarm system that triggers when the thieves break into a caravan, the tracking device can send an alert to the monitoring station so the wheels can be set in motion to get the police out to check over the caravan.
Look after your belongings on site
Caravan sites are generally very safe places for your belongings as there are plenty of people around who will usually keep an eye out for any suspicious looking characters. However it is still a good idea to take a few simple precautions to avoid being the target of an opportunistic thief.
Never leave high risk portable items such as cameras, laptops, mobile phones, mp3 players or iPads in plain view and unattended; and when leaving the caravan, even if only for a few minutes, make sure all valuables are out of view. Note such items are not covered on insurance policies for caravans.
It’s also worth remembering that whilst awnings offer added space they are very unsecure, and as such expensive items should not be left in them unattended. If you need to keep items of moderate value in the awning such as shoes, barbecues and garden furniture you may also want to consider purchasing a small portable alarm system which can be clipped inside the awning and will sound if anyone opens the zip and enters without disarming the system. These can be picked up relatively cheaply from caravan accessory shops.
Consider what type of park you are staying on
Some parks will have control barriers which make it very difficult for somebody to access the park uninvited, whereas smaller and more traditional parks will often have open access meaning it’s very easy for anybody to walk or drive onto the site.
If you are on a site which is easily accessible, or which has attractions such as beaches, woods or lakes that may be used by people other than those staying on the campsite, then you should take extra care to keep an eye on your belongings.
An audible alarm system can be useful on campsites. If triggered the noise should soon catch the attention of other campsite users and make the thieves scarper.
Visit our touring caravan security page for more information on protecting your caravan contents.