Top Caravan Security Tips to Prevent Theft
There’s nothing worse than going from enjoying your family caravan holiday to then becoming a theft victim. Luckily, there are plenty of caravan anti-theft devices and accessories on the market to help you put the right security measures in place. Looking for ways on how you can make your caravan more secure? We’ve done all the research for you so you can enjoy your next caravan adventure without having to worry about theft.
1. Caravan locks for all windows and doors
When searching for anti-theft devices, this one is a no brainer. You have locks on all your windows and doors at home, so don’t forget your caravan locks. Sure locks won’t stop your caravan from getting broken into but it is an extra line of defence. It’s also a good idea to double-check all your windows and doors are locked when leaving the caravan unattended.
2. Wheel security
Wheel clamps will prevent your caravan from being towed away whilst unattended. They’re simple to set up and these days most insurers actually require you to have them as a condition of your caravan insurance policy. You invest a lot of money into a caravan, so when shopping for a caravan wheel clamp, it’s important that you choose one of high quality that’s built to last and won’t fail you.
3. Caravan security alarms
Just like a household security alarm, you can now buy specifically designed alarms for caravans. They work by either sounding a large noise to scare thieves away and/or sending alerts to your phone. They’re a popular caravan security accessory and are easy to install yourself, making it a no brainer.
4. Caravan insurance
Caravan insurance is a must, you never know when you are going to need it. When organising insurance, it’s important to check the level of cover. Some insurers only cover road incidents. In the event thieves do manage to break into your caravan, you’re going to want to ensure your caravan is insured for theft. It’s important to note, not all insurers will insure if you don’t have clamps, locks or other basic caravan security accessories.
5. Coupling lock
A coupling lock connects to your tow ball and ensures your caravan can’t be connected and stolen when out of site. Some coupling locks can be fitted whilst the caravan is connected to the tow vehicle which is ideal when you make stops along your road trip. Others prevent any vehicle from being attached ensuring that caravan can’t be towed away whilst you’re out enjoying the sites.
Ensuring your caravan is stored securely at home is just as important as storing on the road, especially if your caravan spends most of the year locked up and unused. When parked at home, it’s a good idea to cover it with a tarp of sheet to protect from any damage.
Whilst you’re on the road, ensure you pick a safe spot to park it. In Australia, the Caravan Industry Association has implemented an accreditation program for caravan parks that meet the relevant industry standards. Meaning a park that has the accreditation key adheres to strict security standards.
7. Security screens/blinds
Security screens can give you that added privacy whilst still allowing airflow through. Older caravans in particular, may also have very thin and fragile doors. Adding an extra security screen or door can reinforce the strength of your caravan door.
8. Caravan curtains/blinds
Caravan window coverings like curtains and blinds can help you change up your caravan interior design, provide privacy and added security. Keeping them closed ensures anything of value is out of sight; however, some caravan owners like to keep them open and with all valuables out of sight.
9. Caravan tracking devices
GPS tracking has come a long way. These days you can now purchase trackers specifically for your caravan. They’re a small battery-operated device that you can place anywhere in your caravan. Once it’s all powered up, you’ll be able to track your caravan’s location at all times from your mobile phone.
Prepare for your next caravan adventure
Don’t let theft ruin your caravan holiday. Putting the right caravan security measures can make all the difference when trying to prevent theft. Looking for more caravan tips? Check out our blog to keep up to date with the latest caravanning news, travel ideas and more.