Here is some advice from The Camping and Caravanning Club for all those who enjoy camping on avoiding caravan theft. Most of this advice also applies to trailer tents and motor caravans. Your camp site will do all they can to advise you and to make sure your family camping holiday goes to plan!
The camping security information has three themes:
Firstly, how to keep your caravan safe on and off campsites using security devices, and what sensible precautions to take to make things as difficult as possible for the criminal who wants to get his hands on your property.
Secondly, how you can make it less likely that your caravan or other camping unit is broken into.
Thirdly if, unfortunately, your van is stolen we've got some advice on some of the things you can do now to help you get it back ready for your next family camping holiday
Lastly, do remember that most caravans aren't stolen. Most caravanners enjoy their camping holiday untroubled by crime but by taking sensible precautions you can make sure that you enjoy your caravan, not the thieves.
To enjoy your camping holiday you need to make your caravan secure. There are literally hundreds of caravan security devices on the market. Some are better than others, none will make your caravan totally thief proof but all will tend to make the thief think twice about stealing your caravan so you can get on and enjoy your family camping holiday As with most things in the world you get what you pay for. We advise buying the best you can afford and make sure the thief knows the device is fitted. Bright paint helps and so do the stickers usually supplied with security items. Security devices with a Sold Secure logo on them have been independently tested as being suitable for caravans and trailers. Both The Camping and Caravanning Club and the Caravan Club hold an up-to-date list of Sold Secure approved security products.
Useful information from The Camping and Caravanning Club
Hitch Locks provide a reasonable degree of protection from the opportunist thief. To enjoy a relaxing family camping holiday get a hitch lock that is manufactured from heavy steel to cover the tow socket fixing bolts. Make sure it has a good lock. Some hitch locks can lock the caravan to the car but ensure it is unlocked when you are actually towing. Use them on campsites or at short stops. They do not, by themselves, generally offer sufficient security for when the caravan is in storage.
Wheel clamps come in all sorts of qualities. It is a sad fact that generally the easier they are to put on the easier they are for a thief to remove. Buy a good clamp and check that it fits your caravan. With some wheel clamps a clever thief can remove the wheel and the clamp with it. With a wheel clamp you can safely leave your caravan on the camp site and know it will be fine
If you think that taking the wheels off your caravan will stop caravan thieves you don't know how tenacious this nasty breed can be. But wheel stands can be a good deterrent, if you make sure they are locked in place. You should check with your insurers that they are happy to let you keep the van on wheel stands. Sometimes policies call for the van to be fitted with a wheel clamp at all times. Also check in your handbook, some chassis manufacturers recommend axle stands for winter storage for when the camping season is at an end.
Particularly useful for those who keep their caravan on the drive at home are security posts, which are cemented into the drive and physically block removal of the caravan. Some are fitted with a towball on top of the post so that the caravan can be fixed with a hitch lock. Others are detachable or can fold down so that the caravan can be manoeuvred into position and the post or posts fitted in front of it.
Enjoy your camping holiday everybody!