Any Recommendations for driveway security for my caravan

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Hi I park my caravan on my front driveway which is totally open to the road . Any recommendations for security. ie a removable posts etc. My caravan is to one side so it only needs protecting one side and the front. Hope this makes sense. Thanks JB
 
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Removable posts don’t take much effort to be removed by a quick tug from the thieves Towcar. The best wheel clamp/wheel lock and hitchlock you can afford. Park the caravan nose inwards. Steady locks too. Basically the aim is to persuade the thieves that it would create too much disturbance and time to remove your caravan, and they go elsewhere. Then there’s the option of security trackers installed on the van, and lastly security camera covering the area, all app. enabled to notify you. It all depends on your budget.
 
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Removable posts don’t take much effort to be removed by a quick tug from the thieves Towcar. The best wheel clamp/wheel lock and hitchlock you can afford. Park the caravan nose inwards. Steady locks too. Basically the aim is to persuade the thieves that it would create too much disturbance and time to remove your caravan, and they go elsewhere. Then there’s the option of security trackers installed on the van, and lastly security camera covering the area, all app. enabled to notify you. It all depends on your budget.
With you OC on the removable security post, started looking myself and found that they either bolt to a solid base, (I have block pavers so no good) or they are concreted in,BUT most have a short stub to concrete in at approx 200mm (8inch's in old money) so again not really any use.
Thinking of making my own with a longer stub.
 
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Someone on the forum uses the hub locks , where the wheel is removed and a solid wheel "lump" is fitted, looks like the best imobiliting item I have seen.
 

JB1

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Thanks all, hub lock great but to much faff taking the wheels off every time I park the van up. Ok over winter but a pain when the van is in weekend use etc.
ive got a alko hitch lock and a basic wheel clamp, I just wanted to beef things up a bit.
has anyone heard of a post with a tow ball on the end that the hitch can be locked to kind of two birds with one stone?
 
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Thanks all, hub lock great but to much faff taking the wheels off every time I park the van up. Ok over winter but a pain when the van is in weekend use etc.
ive got a alko hitch lock and a basic wheel clamp, I just wanted to beef things up a bit.
has anyone heard of a post with a tow ball on the end that the hitch can be locked to kind of two birds with one stone?
JB, a friend of mine had one for his twin axle caravan in BowBrickhill, and an Alko wheel lock, the towrags just put a chain around the A Frame and towed the whole caravan away, about 15 years ago. And it was sideways to the road, on the bend of the road to Woburn.
 
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JB, a friend of mine had one for his twin axle caravan in BowBrickhill, and an Alko wheel lock, the towrags just put a chain around the A Frame and towed the whole caravan away, about 15 years ago. And it was sideways to the road, on the bend of the road to Woburn.
The hitch lock is no problem for thieves who come prepared as this shows. Most wheel locks are not a problem, what they cannot live with is noise. You need a good wheel clamp to deter the less professional thieves but basically an alarm that will wake the dead is about the only way to prevent the professional thieves . You should make things as difficult as possible though as that can make them choose an alternative elsewhere because it is easier.
 
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apart from the obvious security things, my advice is to get a good insurance and never leave anything in the van that you would not like to loose. This also applies to caravans in storage compounds. What about security cameras around your house, at least then you can see how it was done if it does happen. Have you asked your insurance company what is required ?
 

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Thanks for replies, looks like we are all in the same boat doing what we can to protect our belongings, and trusting to luck we don’t get unlucky, and if we are unlucky then hoping the insurance is as good as it says it is. No magic wand or one security device to protect us against the unscrupulous people who would rather take something rather than own it by their own hard work.
luckily I do have decent Cctv, hitch and wheel lock I may try and get some removable bollards made up ( ones that can be set a decent depth in the ground for an added visual and noise deterrent) I think I can get the house alarm extended to cover the caravan as well .
i will also check with the insurance company see if they have any additional advise.
again thanks for your comments.
 
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Well next door neighbour leave there caravan on the drive way there a lot of security lights that come on the house if anyone goes near but on the caravan it has alarm that is left on a hitchlock and wheel clamp and so far it not been touch
 
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Well next door neighbour leave there caravan on the drive way there a lot of security lights that come on the house if anyone goes near but on the caravan it has alarm that is left on a hitchlock and wheel clamp and so far it not been touch
We've had a caravan on our drive for nearly 40 years without any issue - the first just had hitchlock, the second had hitchlock, wheelclamp and alarm while the present has hitchlock, wheellock and alarm - all have been insured - the only insurance claim has been when local lads broke a window with a football.
 

JB1

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We've had a caravan on our drive for nearly 40 years without any issue - the first just had hitchlock, the second had hitchlock, wheelclamp and alarm while the present has hitchlock, wheellock and alarm - all have been insured - the only insurance claim has been when local lads broke a window with a football.
I had my old caravan on my drive for 17years ish , but the new to me caravan looks a lot more desirable , and I’ve opened my driveway totally, now there is no physical barrie, just back up cut off the locks and tow it away? I know it may be wrong to say but there are quite a lot of people around this summer, and as always things that are not bolted down can have a tendency float away. Search online for the Silsoe co op cash machine robbery? if it is still on the internet, a friend showed me it, quite concerning viewing.
once again thanks for your comments.
 
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A site called crookstopper.com make an excellent security post. It was originally designed as an anti-ram raid security post for commercial properties, but they have a few pictures on their site where they are now being used to secure driveways and vehicles. Probably because they are far better than any security posts on the market. They also have caravan security posts.
 

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If you use a post, get one where you can fasten the caravan hitch to it. This is far more difficult to overcome if you have the hitch locked on it.
Thefts from homes are not inevitable, one that has been there for some time and has not been stolen is the norm.
 
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An interesting aside... I was talking to a friend yesterday who deals with leisure vehicle insurance as an underwriter covering boats, caravans and motorhomes. He was saying that with the huge explosion in these vehicles through Covid means that crime inevitably follows such a growth... He was talking about large outboard engines, and thieves chain sawing the transoms from boats to get the engine, so the situation is very different from a couple of years ago...
 
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An interesting aside... I was talking to a friend yesterday who deals with leisure vehicle insurance as an underwriter covering boats, caravans and motorhomes. He was saying that with the huge explosion in these vehicles through Covid means that crime inevitably follows such a growth... He was talking about large outboard engines, and thieves chain sawing the transoms from boats to get the engine, so the situation is very different from a couple of years ago...
In all the time that I owned a speedboat, it was kept in a boat storage by the lake with minimal security, I never removed the outboard engine, but this was way back in the seventies in the middle of Africa. Times have changed.
 

JB1

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If you use a post, get one where you can fasten the caravan hitch to it. This is far more difficult to overcome if you have the hitch locked on it.
Thefts from homes are not inevitable, one that has been there for some time and has not been stolen is the norm.
Thanks Ray I was leaning towards a post the hitch attaches to my only concern is does the hitch being permanently hooked on to a ball create a problem with corrosion In the hitch head?
 

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