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25 Ways to Improve Caravan Security

Nov 21, 2019
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Don't let what happened to us happen to you!

Most caravans are stolen from storage.

With the season coming to an end and many of us putting our beloved caravans to bed for the winter, now is a good time to review your security measures and make sure that you don't become a statistic.

https://worldwidewalkies.blog/2019/11/17/5-ways-to-improve-caravan-or-motorhome-security/
 
Feb 23, 2018
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I've taken the 'death by a thousand cuts' approach to security - the more the better! No one piece of security is particularly difficult to defeat with the right tool, so the more you have, the more time it takes to cut off.

The article mentions steady locks but offers no opinion: I have used both types of the steady locks on my caravan, which has regular basic steady legs. The Milenco adjustable items which cover the leg nut and then clamp behind. These seem quite good and are easy to fit. The 2 rear steadys pictured on the Milenco webpage, represent my caravan. The 2 front steadys are shrouded by a side-skirt so I purchased one of the Stronghold branded tube-type. This uses a fixed lock receiver and required a hexagonal adaptor to wind up the leg. This is only held on with grub screws so would be easy to pull off; I made the mistake of putting on the lock to tow. When I arrived the lock just came away with the receiver - I was lucky not to lose it. I have not bothered to purchase a second.
 
May 7, 2012
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I would not argue with the security point but the C&CC published details of where thefts occurred from most from their insurance claims records, and it was from your home. Thefts from storage were far more likely from non CASSOA sites and CASSOA sites seemed to be the best bet.
 
Jul 18, 2017
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Article although good seems to be out of date on a few things. With most reputable trackers if the battery is removed, the call centre is alerted. We have a Phantom Tracker which alerts us if the battery is disconnected. Also by going Online we can see the location of our caravan. Most new caravans no longer have springs for the blinds.
Some CASSOA storage places will not allow the use of a JSB wheel lock in case they need to move the caravan ina hurry. In addition a PITA to remove when it is sunny never mind when it is raining. We have the Premium secure hitchlock which is not easy to remove. We have thought of the installing the Milenco hand rail, but not for theft as they simply break a window which costs a lot more to repair than the door lock. Same applies to window locks as they will simply smash the window. Police cannot establish ownership of a caravan using any sort of device as there is no national database that they can access. However they can check CRIS numbers for stolen caravans. Registering with CRIS will not prevent a caravan being stolen.
Good to use common sense as the article suggests to prevent theft.
 
Mar 14, 2005
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The CRiS scheme is operated by the insurance companies, and I am pretty certain that if the police needed to, they could obtain the CRiS data to see if there is a registered owner for any caravan.

Like it or not the Police can obtain permission to interrogate any source of information, though they must have due cause or a statutory right to do so.
 
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ProfJohnL said:
The CRiS scheme is operated by the insurance companies, and I am pretty certain that if the police needed to, they could obtain the CRiS data to see if there is a registered owner for any caravan.

Like it or not the Police can obtain permission to interrogate any source of information, though they must have due cause or a statutory right to do so.
Not like you to get it wrong, CRiS is the Central Registration & Identification Scheme, owned by the NCC. It is the national register of UK manufactured tourers, similar to the DVLA and is recognised by the regulatory bodies, insurance companies and government organisations such as the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and the Department for Transport (DFT).
There is no obligation to insure your caravan or even transfer the CRIS registration to get insurance. CRIS is recognised by insurance companies as a convenient database.
 
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Not like you to get it wrong, CRiS is the Central Registration & Identification Scheme, owned by the NCC. It is the national register of UK manufactured tourers, similar to the DVLA and is recognised by the regulatory bodies, insurance companies and government organisations such as the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and the Department for Transport (DFT).
There is no obligation to insure your caravan or even transfer the CRIS registration to get insurance. CRIS is recognised by insurance companies as a convenient database.
Thank you for the correction about ownership. I was thinking about the impetuous behind the scheme which did receive support from the caravan manufacturers, the insurance industry and the police.

I never suggested that the scheme was infallible. It is dependant on owners keeping the scheme updated about changes of ownership, address and status for its accuracy. Despite its shortcomings, it is still a resource the police can call on to help identify ownership of caravans they are investigating.
 
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ProfJohnL said:
Buckman said:
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Not like you to get it wrong, CRiS is the Central Registration & Identification Scheme, owned by the NCC. It is the national register of UK manufactured tourers, similar to the DVLA and is recognised by the regulatory bodies, insurance companies and government organisations such as the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and the Department for Transport (DFT).
There is no obligation to insure your caravan or even transfer the CRIS registration to get insurance. CRIS is recognised by insurance companies as a convenient database.
Thank you for the correction about ownership. I was thinking about the impetuous behind the scheme which did receive support from the caravan manufacturers, the insurance industry and the police.

I never suggested that the scheme was infallible. It is dependant on owners keeping the scheme updated about changes of ownership, address and status for its accuracy. Despite its shortcomings, it is still a resource the police can call on to help identify ownership of caravans they are investigating.
Absolutely agree with you regarding keeping the scheme up to date. Sadly many owner's who spend thousands buying a second hand unit do not want to spend the extra £15 to register the caravan in their name. Weird!
 
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Weird?

why?, when CRiS does not offer any additional protection against having a caravan stolen, and recovery seems to be almost a thing of the past, and even if its is recovered do you really want it when its been violated or vandalised.
 
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ProfJohnL said:
Weird?

why?, when CRiS does not offer any additional protection against having a caravan stolen, and recovery seems to be almost a thing of the past, and even if its is recovered do you really want it when its been violated or vandalised.
Very weird saving £15 by not registering your pride and joy. As there is no obligation to insure a caravan would you be happy to walk away if the police returned it to you? Surely it is no different to buying a second hand caravan? If the insurance company decide that you must take back the caravan you have no choice. I would want the police to catch the thieves.
 
May 7, 2012
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Your insurance may not cover you if the caravan is not registered so do be aware of that. Not insuring is a serious risk as you lose the liability cover and then what happens if you have a fire and damage other valuable caravans or motor homes.
The point about not wanting it back depends largely on how quickly it is recovered and if it has been used in the interim. In many cases there will be little or no damage so it should not be a problem.
 
Nov 21, 2019
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Thanks for the info on steady locks. I mentioned them but could offer no opinion because I have not yet used them!
I agree - the more the merrier with security!
 

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