Beef up your motorhome security with visible devices

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  1. Tom Waling says:

    I’m a motorcyclist as well as a would be motorhome owner. I often read that bikers who have to park outdoors are advised that a cover will reduce their risk of theft. Would that apply to a motorhome and is it practical?

  2. Mr Paul Simpson says:

    Instead of putting your Registration number on tbe roof, in another article, Tim Booth suggested you use the LAST 6 of your VIN.

    Making sure they read from Left to Right, like the number plate, when looking from the front of your motorhome.
    Apparently the PNC systems search from Right to Left, and it was found that the last 6 characters of the VIN were enough to confirm the ID.
    Grest if you have personal plates on your MH, and you sell it – new plates will be fitted, but the VIN remains the same.

  3. Paul says:

    A simple, inexpensive and reasonably efficient anti-theft measure is to reverse the swivel seats of those motorhomes that have them and put a motorcycle brake disk or shop front shutter type lock through a hole to prevent the seat facing forward. My Transit based Chausson had existing suitable holes in the swivel seats but they can be drilled if no suitable holes are already in existence.

  4. caranalyticsuk says:

    Great article

  5. Andy says:

    Almost all steering wheel locks are useless. At a motorhome show some 15 years ago there was a police stand demonstrating security products. Included was a steering wheel lock supposedly attached to a steering wheel – but wasnt – the wheel had been cut through. The steering wheel is made of mild steel, designed to crumple in an accident. A junior hacksaw can cut the steering wheel lock off in less than 30 seconds. The only type worth having is the type shown above in the article, which fully encloses the steering wheel – but they are heavy and get in the way when not in use

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      A thief intent on stealing a motorhome would possibly not want to damage the steering wheel in this way. Also, no lock is infallible and its purpose is to put off a casual thief who will likely move on to an easier target. Either that or it will slow the thief down, increasing the chance of being caught.

  6. LauraWilson says:

    Someone stole my neighbor’s car a few weeks ago. The car was parked outside his house and hard to imagine why any of neighbours didn’t notice any noise from outside (the noise of an engine or something like this). How we didn’t saw or heard anything? I must notice, that we were on the neighbour’s house while somebody was stealing his car. But most of all I’m disappointed in our inattention. I’m understand that car thiefs won’t stealing another car in the same area after so short time, but i still afraid of them, so which steering sheel lock can you recommend me? I have found an article about this locks (, but i’m know nothing about their quality. On what things i should pay more attention? Thank you all!

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Hi Laura, we did a recent article on steering wheel locks for motorhomes but believe some of these are available for cars. We would always suggest going for locks that have been tested to a gold standard by Sold Secure.

  7. Brian Proctor says:

    Hi all,
    We recently had our catalytic converter stolen from our motorhome from outside our house.I was wondering does anyone know if there are any security devices to stop these thieves from crawling under the motorhome and stealing the part again.
    Many thanks

  8. Rob says:

    We have just purchased a 2007 transit motorhome having a full service plus new brakes discs etc all round plus the only bits but now want try and make it sercure inside and outside so reading all the advice is great but isn’t it about time that all the manufacturers especially ford who have always been a joke made a van etc that was sercure from the design stages.
    Our cars are only sercure for less than two minutes and they want us to trust all this electronics on our houses? No thanks, I’ll check my fridge,turn my heating on when I get home. Convenient items there’s always a downside

  9. Robert Barnes says:

    I’ve seen an advert for a gadget that fits and locks with key onto the road wheel air valve, if the wheel rotates it lets the air out,,, there was a UK caravan equipment supplier that sold them but do not stocked it now, the other advert was in Dutch, (Iniverseel anti diefstal vole or slot) address given is 2dehands, Marktplaats BV, Wibautsteaat 224, 1097 DN Amsterdam, T.+31 20 462 24 00, KVK-nummer 28058712, BTW-nummer 803.603.307.B.01, (if still there),,, Do you have any information regarding this item,,. Regards Robert

  10. Delia Ellard says:

    Where do I get an alarm fitted to my motorhome

  11. Jim Hinchliff says:

    I have a folding handle helps with access to the van, but also locks across my hartel door handle so you have to remove it before you can even start to break in to the door.
    All doors & lockers and rear garage are wired in to the alarm system, I use a big chain & look on a steel farm type gate, and a steering wheel lock and I have a tracker, do you think I am over the top, I don’t.
    I have one of those big wheel locks in the garage I think I will fit that to the motor home tomorrow as well.
    and when I am away the large black dog looking out at you appears to put people off as well.
    great article and I like the idea of turning the seat we can all learn from each other.

  12. Nigel Edwards says:

    Have had a disklock since first Motorhome in 2004`. This, plus a pro-active tracker, gives me peace of mind and attracts a small insurance discount. Although I leave the blinds UP the cab side windows are left without internal covers so the would-be thieves SEE the deterrent.

  13. Robert Palmer says:

    I am shocked to see an insurance company telling us to advertise our address when we are away, by means of showing our postcode to all and sundry on external items we use. Should we put the house number on to make it even easier for them!

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Thanks for pointing this out Robert. It’s a good point so we’ve amended to suggest property marking items with a UV pen.

  14. Alison Lodge says:

    Our external locker enters the van under the double bed how can I better secure this locker as this will be the easiest entry for any thieves I believe?

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      A simple personal attack alarm is ideal for these spaces. Attach the cord to the inside of the door so when the door is opened it activates the alarm, creating lots of noise.

  15. Graham B says:

    In addition to locking the drivers seat facing the rear, use the padlock to also secure the steering eheel, use g a chain

  16. Bill Friend says:

    2007 hymer with tracker and immobiliser and alarm still got towed away after breaking window smashing ignition and shorting out indicator to silence and short out thatcham alarm from 500 yards from house at midnight fortunately thieves unable to remove to breaking or shipping and police and tracker informed us although tracker rang mobile which was on ground floor whilst we where asleep on first floor now is only parked in secure lock up what ever time we return from where ever don,t suppose you will stop the determined.

  17. dave marshall says:

    my motorhome has a removable steering wheel should keep them away.

  18. Steve says:

    I have fitted dead locks on every door, internal on driver and passenger doors and external on main and garage doors. Also Oxford now do a cheap tracker device, that’s actually a Norwegian product called Dan Tracker. I have it tucked away at the back of a cupboard out of site and provides 24/7 interactive tracking via an app on your pc or phone. It will send an message to your phone if moved and gives live tracking location.

  19. Lloyd says:

    What a great idea ✔️

  20. Rene Lipton says:

    I have a Romahome Citroen Berlingo, what type of wheel guard would be best to protect

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Hi Rene, you could try Romahome and see if they have a specific wheel clamp. Alternatively, wheel clamps such as the Bulldog Centaur have adjustable arms to allow fitment to a variety of wheel sizes.

  21. Lionel Yexley says:

    Motorhome immobilisers are not perfect. They still get stolen! Don’t put all your eggs into one basket. Have a range of devices, one of which MUST be noisy! A cheap PIR alarm is noisy and a deterrent. Better still – two of them, one at each end. At £5 each on eBay you have nothing much to lose! Beef up door security too – especially the cab doors. The key-locking window sash lock/jammers are good. At about £5 each on eBay but you have to be prepared to drill into your door frames. A Milenco habitation door lock is about £60 for the type you can lock from both sides. Or ALL of the above! Ask yourself what your van’s worth.

  22. Andrew Sheppard says:

    It’s not absolutely necessary to follow all of the advice here and/or buy all of the equipment promoted here. The simple fact is that if you buy the fake tracker stickers then that will immediately deter the non professional thieves but will only slightly deter the professional thief. Similarly, a simple flashing red led or a simple sticker warning that your van is protected with an alarm will do exactly the same, meaning that it will deter everyone but the professional thief. But even the Police will tell you that if you are unlucky enough to be targeted by a professional thief (only a small minority of crimes are done by these types of thief) then they will find a way around almost any type of defence you can put on your van or even your home!

    The moral of my story is simple… The law of diminishing returns comes into play here as a few pounds spent on a few fake warning stickers and/or a few fake led flashing lights will probably reduce your chances of being a victim of crime by about 90%! The remaining 10% will be by the professional or desperate. Both of these types of criminal will see almost no barriers however much you spend, so spend smartly and cheaply. After that, then if you become a very small minority victim… Well, isn’t that what you pay your insurance premiums for?

  23. Motorhomeman 10 says:

    I’ve installed a very simple solution that would make the vehicle very difficult to drive. Turn the drivers seat around so it’s facing as far in the reverse direction as possible, then drill a hole through the rotating part of the seat and the static part of the base. Buy a big heavy weight padlock and lock the two together. Anyone who can drive the vehicle with the seat facing in the wrong direction must be Houdini.
    Cost, about 10 minutes to drill a hole and a padlock about £35.

  24. Peter Wilkinson says:

    All these security devices are useless if the thieves can get hold of the keys. Do NOT leave keys accessible inside your home.

  25. JNS says:

    ‘Electronic Tracker Fitted’ sticker. Some say that a major security feature of having a tracker is that its presence is not disclosed to the thief. In fact, it can be argued that identification stickers are an encouragement to thieves to damage the vehicle in an attempt to locate the unit.

  26. Andy Culley says:

    ANPR cameras read front/rear plates only, they CANNOT read a registration mark on a vehicles roof!
    As an aside when you see vehicles on transporters there is a length of gaffer type tape across the reg plate. It’s to stop ANPR cameras “reading” the plate and trying to say the vehicle has driven through a toll/congestion zone etc without paying!!


  27. Roy says:

    Get your friendly mechanic to show you what fuse to pull to render your motorhome unable to start it costs nothing and even if the toe rags get your keys their not going to get it started !
    Good luck

  28. Phil Newey says:

    If you put stickers on saying that you have a tracking device fitted they’re likely to rip your motorhome apart trying to find it.If they don’t know it’s got one you have got a good chance of finding your pride and joy.

  29. Who-ate-all-the-pies says:

    Rubber snakes attached with fishing line. To doors, windows, overhead lockers, inside your fridge, under your bog seat. Baddies will perhaps run for the hills.

  30. Bacchanalia says:

    Lots of physical security devices – but all modern motorhomes – even older ones, have immobilisers fitted as standard. Surely that should be sufficient? Lifting the whole vehicle onto a breakdown truck or similar will defeat all of them. (although I do have a number of devices, primarily aimed at deterring entry and theft of contents, rather than the entire van)

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Thanks for commenting. We appreciate that many vehicles do have immobilisers but wanted to highlight that having a visible device could act as a further deterrent and show that you’re serious about security.

  31. Peter Eeles says:

    Good ideas covering most areas.

  32. It would be a help to get the professional thieves to tell us which they found the hardest to break in to after all bank are broken into what about phantom tracker and gold security storage site and the amount you can save on insurance

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      We do mention tracking devices near the end of the article John and how secure storage is one of the crime prevention tips, as well as highlighting how it can save money on your insurance premium.

  33. Ian says:

    You can also buy fake ‘electronic tracker fitted’ stickers to put in your windows. You can have the registration number printed on these for added authenticity. Available from a leading Internet auction site!

  34. Martyn Gillibrand says:

    Currently, there does seem to be an alarming increase in this type of “easy” theft, perhaps of a second, or leisure vehicle, so anything that you can do that is easily visible and a deterrent, will be advantageous in protecting your valuable asset and future enjoyment. Plus, if and when you get it back, there is no guarantee what condition it will be in and what personal processions will be lost forever! A few seconds in preparation can save a lot of heartache further down the line. I also find that a cheap red flashing fake alarm light, working in tandem with the original manufacturers alarm is another visible deterrent. Happy camping.

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