Top 4 Tips To Keep Your Caravan Safe From Theft
Tips to Keep Your Caravan, Motorhome or RV Safe From Theft
Going on vacation in your caravan, motorhome or RV is one of the best ways to enjoy the wonderful sights and sounds of the world.
But your enjoyment can morph instantly into sorrow if thieves get a hold of your beautiful pride and joy. It could be anything from your motorhome that carries your entire family on breathtaking adventures or your snug camper trailer used for a quick escape from your busy schedule.
Whether it’s stored at home while you’re working to save up for a holiday or you’re adventuring with it on the road, Caravans, Motorhomes and RVs get stolen every single day, even though they’re big and bulky.
The only way to prevent this is by bolstering your vehicle’s security.
So, we’ve also compiled 4 tips to keep your beauty out of the burglar’s hands and build up its security.
1) Don't Leave Your Caravan Out In The Open
This is the easiest way to prevent theft. Hide, or at least, don’t leave your RV out in the open.
You know the saying, “out of sight, out of mind”. If a thief doesn’t know about your caravan, how could they steal it?
While you’re on the road, it’s a different story, finding a shed or even a locked fence would be great, but sometimes they don’t exist.
Your best bet is to park your caravan, RV or motorhome out of sight.
If you’re at a caravan park, lean on their security and make friends with your neighbours.
The Caravan Industry Association of Australia has implemented an industry-specific scheme that is The Caravan/Holiday Park Accreditation Program.
Accredited businesses and caravan holiday parks comply and adhere to certain standards such as stringent safety and security measures and implement procedures to lessen and minimise risks of theft.
So, when choosing your next holiday park to visit, look for the accreditation key below.
Then if you see anything suspicious, tell your neighbours and everyone will be safer because instead of having a few pairs of eyes for security, you have the entire local community.
When you’re back at home, instead of storing your RV in your driveway, place it in a storage shed or in your backyard – away from prying eyes on the street.
Read on to learn what other strategies are effective at protecting your caravan, especially when they’re in storage.
2) Invest In Other Security Measures
One good investment is the use of locks on your RV, Caravan or Motorhome. Now, there are a couple of locks available on the market depending on your vehicle.
If you have a towable RV, caravan or motorhome, coupling locks and hitch locks are a great option. They prevent anyone from attempting to connect to your RV’s coupling and drive away with it.
A motorised RV, motorhome or caravan is a different story as you’d drive rather than tow them.
Security measures we recommend for these types of vehicles would be:
- An Immobiliser
- A Second Lock on the door (to inconvenience the thief)
- Security Cables/Bike Locks
- Wheel Clamps
- Motion Sensors
- CCTV Cameras
- A GPS Tracker
- A Sticker displaying (or lying) about the types of security installed
- Caravan Hitch Locks
3) Choose The Right Security System
If you don’t have the time or know-how, it may be difficult to choose what type of security you want to use.
We recommend starting slowly. Don’t drop $2,000 on a new security system. Research through your friends and family and ask what they use if they have a caravan. Focus on ease of use and reliability, not fancy features.
If push comes to shove, we recommend something that takes a couple of minutes to install and is easy to use.
Read the reviews to find out if the product you’re interested in is easy to use.
Pictured below is someone who got burned by buying a couple of GPS trackers from a separate GPS tracking company without checking other reviews, hundreds of dollars down the drain.
4) Know What To Do If Your Caravan Is Stolen
So far we’ve only talked about preventative security measures. But what if your caravan, RV or motorhome is stolen and you want it back?
Not through a lengthy insurance process, but by discovering where your caravan has been taken and getting it back. The only responsive security measure we found is by using a caravan GPS tracker.
These nifty little devices track your RV while it travels around Australia. And if the unimaginable occurs, it’ll track that thief almost anywhere they take your caravan, motorhome or RV.
Learn more about our Australian-made Caravan GPS tracker.
Keeping your RV secured while you enjoy your vacation is something worth investing in no matter what.
Nothing is better than having peace of mind while you spend your well-deserved vacation with family or friends. So think ahead and always prepare in advance.
Just follow these simple tips starting with not leaving your caravan out in the open. Thieves are just out there lurking and waiting for their opportunity.
Invest in other security measures to give these thieves a hard time and make them think twice before stealing your vehicle.
It is always best to do quick research on what type of security is the best for your vehicle. We understand that money is hardly-earned. There are plenty of other options that are proven effective and will not leave you with an empty pocket.
Since RVs, caravans and motorhomes can be easy targets for thieves, having the right security in place is the best choice.
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