Touring Caravan Security
Holidaying in a Touring Caravan is a liberating, mobile and cost-effective way of holidaying around the UK and Europe, but should anything compromise the security and comfort of your stay whilst on a site or on the road it can be a real headache to deal with. Luckily there are several ways to ensure safety and security whilst away in your Touring Caravan, and here are a few of the most important measures you can take, as well as the devices available to save any holiday hassle.
Wheel clamps and Hitchlocks
When you are on the road with your Touring Caravan, the simplest way a thief can ruin your day is by unhitching your Caravan from the back of your car, re-hitching it to another vehicle and driving off with your Caravan in tow. Thankfully, this is an easily preventable crime with the help of a Hitchlock. This is essentially a metal casing or box that fits over the standard tow hitch connecting your Caravan and car, secured with a padlock or other locking device that only you will be able to open. The cheapest models can be had for virtually no money, and a Hitchlock will instantly increase the security of your travels, especially if you plan to leave your Caravan and car hitched together and unattended for a long period of time. On-site Touring Caravan immobilisation can be achieved through the application of a wheel clamp to your Caravan to prevent a thief stealing it when it is unhitched. There is the added bonus of better security on slopes gained by using a wheel clamp, and these again are a very cheap way of increasing security and reducing your touring caravan insurance quote. Additionally, wheel clamps are often brightly coloured, operating as a visual deterrent to crime before they are even tested in a theft situation.
Door locks and securing your possessions
Whilst on site, your highest security risk is probably from opportunist thieves grabbing your valuable possessions from exposed positions within your Touring Caravan when it is left unlocked and unattended, or from break-ins facilitated by the often flimsy design of the standard door locks fitted to most Touring Caravans. The best advice is to lock your doors even if you are away for only a few minutes and to hide your expensive and valuable possessions out of site so that they do not become tempting to the casual thief. Luckily there are also products available that can act as secondary door locks which work in unison with your standard lock to augment the security of your door. These locks are easy to install and can be bought in multipacks if you require more than one for your Touring Caravan.
Alarms and Tracking Systems
A Touring Caravan can be an expensive investment, and alarming your Caravan for on the road and on site security, as well as for during storage may be an option. There is a ‘Sold Secure’ standard test that is applied to all Caravan alarms that addresses the factors relating to alarms. There are also companies that offer tracking systems for Caravans that will identify your Caravan’s location in the event of a theft. Both these methods are more expensive than the earlier ideas, but total piece of mind can be bought for a higher price.
All of the above measures can help reduce your touring caravan insurance renewal premiums.
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