Security tips to prevent caravan theft

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  1. Bailey Strempel says:

    Thanks for spreading your experience. Great tips explained. Covered almost every little aspect. Hope this might help campers and hikers.I really appreciate your article.

  2. John Davies says:

    In general, not a bad article.
    Unfortunately, if a thief is really determined, they will have your van anyway.
    I know from personal experience as my previous van was stolen from its storage site despite having a locking ball in the hitch cup, a hitch lock over the top of that. Wheel clamp on one wheel and an Alko lock on the other. Corner steady locks were fitted to both rear steadies & the factory fitted alarm was set as well as it being parked “nose in”. A gas torch done the job for them! All this after coming a mile over fields, chainsawing a 10 foot gap in a hedge & filling a ditch with pallets!!!

    As I said, if they want YOUR van, it’s almost impossible to stop a determined thief.

  3. Bill says:

    I would also like to add. I would have liked to have seen some information within the article on locks for the front door.
    There are various ones on the market and for security I think this should have been mentioned as it is the most likely point of attack and entry.

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Thanks Bill. We’ll look into this for future articles on security, but you do have to be careful not to make modifications that could affect your warranty.

  4. Bill says:

    the ultra is a good product. However it has not had the same testing as the Alko wheel locks. I believe these are ultimately a better product.

  5. Bill says:

    hi if you can, get a motor mover, problem goes away and it become very easy to fit

  6. Leeski says:

    I use the Nemesis Ultra, so simple to fit through the wheel (uses a bolt which replaces one wheel bolt). Yet despite it winning awards and thacham security awarded still not recognised other than a standard wheel clamp by most insurance companies…I wish these companies would talk to each other, it is NOT an ordinary wheel clamp.

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Thanks for your comments. We regularly review security products on the market in liaison with the NCC and offer discounts on Sold Secure Approved immobilisers, such as the Alko Secure and BPW axle wheel locks as they have undergone a rigorous testing process.

  7. DAVID says:

    The alco wheel lock is a pain to fit even on a single axle. The jack supplied by ALCO takes at least 20 minutes to fit, turn the wheel and then fit the lock. This was on a trial run on my driveway in good conditions, because the wheel position has to be accurate to within 2 or 3 mm and one positions the caravan in specific places (just in front of the garage doors) as well as using levelling blocks one cannot easily fit the lock, it means towing the van round the streets and hopeing you are within the limits.
    A design that allows the lock to be fitted when within say 25 mm of the centre point would be great.

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      We appreciate the axle wheel locks can be difficult to fit but they are a very effective security device.

  8. Gary says:

    Totally agree it can be a pain for the twin axles, i brought tha kojack system the bolts to the chassis so instead of trying to line the one wheel up i just jack the van up and do both wheels at the same time…Simples..

  9. Lawrence says:

    Alko locks are excellent and I have always used them. Unfortunately, where insurers insist on the use of approved wheel locks, the Alko ones can be a pain on twin axle caravans. The locks require that the wheel spokes are precisely positioned so that the lock can be fitted. Setting up for one axle is relatively straightforward but it is then necessary to jack the chassis up to turn the second wheel into position by hand. For those who don’t use Alko locks, I should explain that the chances of both wheels lining up at the same time without intervention are roughly the same as winning a decent prize on the Lottery! The sooner someone invents a user-friendly, reasonably priced gizmo to make this task easy, the happier I will be. My insurers do not demand a wheel lock, for which I have to pay extra premium of course but we do, voluntarily, always use a lock on one axle on the basis that it’s much better than nothing.

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