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CARAVAN SECURITY PRODUCTS



  1. Ground Anchors
  2. Hitch Locks
  3. Wheels Clamps
  4. Wheel Locks
  5. Security Posts
  6. Alarms
  7. Tracking Systems
  8. Electronic Tagging
  9. Caravan Registration & Identification Scheme (CRiS)



Unfortunately when a carven is stolen, very few are ever returned to their rightful owner.  Partly because they 'disappear' into a criminal network of buyers and sellers, and partly because, when a caravan is found by the police, all identifying marks have been removed and it’s not uncommon for thieves to even grind out the vehicle identification number (VIN) from the caravan windows. Many times the police must return the 'suspect' caravan to the thieves, simply because they cannot prove it belongs to someone else. The majority of caravans are stolen from storage compounds, closely followed by the home address.

To meet your insurers' conditions of acceptance, certain security precautions should be taken. Many caravan security devices are available on the market, from ground anchors to hitch locks, from wheel clamps to wheel locks. Prices vary from £20 to over £150, and it can be difficult to decide which would be the most effective. There are also alarms and sophisticated tracking systems available costing hundreds of pounds.

Ground Anchors

Ground anchors can be secured onto a wall or into the floor, providing a fixed point to lock your caravan. By using a ground anchor, chain and lock combination you are significantly reducing the opportunity of getting your caravan stolen. It’s always worthwhile purchasing a good quality insurance approved ground anchor that has been tried and tested by Sold Secure.  

For highest security, a Sold Secure ‘Gold’ rated ground anchor, chain and lock combination such as the PJB ATV Ground Anchor + Viper Lock is recommended.

 



Hitch Locks

Products which cover the hitch-head and the securing bolts, are considered to meet the highest standard under this category.

Hitch locks which leave the bolts exposed, and which have no further deterrent, are virtually worthless, as the thief will simply unbolt it and fit one they have brought with them.

A good hitch lock will deter the opportunist thief, offering a reasonable degree of protection on site and at roadside halts and motorway service areas, providing you use the type that can lock car and caravan together. However these are not considered to be sufficient protection when the caravan is in storage or at home, when a professional thief will use a chain or grappling device, making the hitch redundant.

Highly recommended is the Bulldog Heavy Duty Hitch Lock, which has been Sold Secure, TNO, TUV and Norwich Union approved.

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Wheels Clamps

There are many different types on the market, insurers recommend choosing one rated by Sold Secure, which is robust and has a lock which cannot readily be attacked by hacksaw or drill. Any products with thin radiating arms, or exposed locks, will be vulnerable to theft.

Remember! A thief will happily let down the tyre, even if it causes minor damage to the caravan, so look for a product which will not be defeated by this action.  

Highly recommend is the Bulldog EuroClamp caravan kit:

  1. an insurance approved snap on wheel clamp and wheel lock kit,
  2. Sold Secure ‘Gold’ rated when used with included wheel locking bolts,
  3. can be fitted under 10 seconds,
  4. and received 10/10 for security in Auto Express tests!

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Wheel Locks



Launched in 2005, this is a new type of security product. Similar to wheel clamps, but fitting through the wheel and locking to the brake assembly.

A new Sold Secure Diamond Wheel Lock standard should ensure such products are highly effective.

Winterhoff have designed and manufactured a Diamond Wheel lock which fits most post 2004 Group Explorer caravans (Eldiss, Compass & Buccaneer). Winterhoff’s Diamond Wheel lock has been fully approved by the Explorer Group for fitting to any of their caravans. Supplied with easy to fit retro - fit lock receiver. Locks wheel solidly to caravan chassis and fits easily in seconds.

Alternatively you could try the Al-Ko system which is available in three versions:

  1. Al-Ko Secure Premium, suitable for 2001-2005 model caravans, without lock receiver and without pre-punched holes in back plate.
  2. The Al-Ko Secure Plus, suitable for 2006 model year caravans onwards, without lock receiver fitted, but with pre-punched fixing holes in brake back plate.
  3. The Al-Ko Secure Compact, suitable for 2006 model year caravans onwards, fitted with lock receiver at the time of manufacture.

The Secure Premium and the Secure Plus must be fitted by a dealer. An equivalent system for Explorer Group caravans with BPW chassis is also available.

Security Posts

Security posts are cemented into the ground so the caravan can be secured to it by a hitchlock. This is a highly visible and valuable security device when caravans are left static for long periods of time.


A recommended hitch post is the Bulldog Budget Hitch Post Complete.





Caravan security alarms <

Many different types of caravan alarm are available, varying in price, sophistication and reliability. Issues such as power consumption during periods of storage and ease of disablement make choosing the right alarm more complicated. When buying an alarm you should go for one which has been rated by Sold Secure and insurance approved. Before Sold Secure approve an alarm they take into inconsideration factors such power consumption and ease of use. If your alarm has received a ‘Gold’ accreditation form Sold Secure you can be assured that it conforms to a minimum standard of caravan security and meets other important factors.  

A highly recommended ‘Gold’ rated caravan alarm is the Sola-Larm SLA-845. This alarm system is remote controlled using transmitters/key fobs with code encryption to stop a thief from scanning and grabbing the codes. The system also enables a passive arming/automatic arming option which arms the alarm automatically when the tow vehicle’s engine is switched off.

Tracking Systems

 

Tracking systems enable a caravan to be located after it has been stolen by using satellite technology.

 

Systems available:

  1. Systems designed primarily for motor vehicles. Are generally not recommended for caravans as their power consumption may be too high for use during periods of storage.

  1. Systems designed primarily for caravan use. These are optimised for caravan use, taking into consideration the increased power consumption. Before buying an alarm system make sure it comes with Sold Secure’s [c]seal of approval or another insurance approved brand. 

  1. Monitored’ systems, where any alarm is alerted to a monitoring centre, who can then contact the owner and/or the police.

  1. Unmonitored’ systems, which usually alerts the owner or nominated family member, by mobile phone text messages.

All of these systems are  relatively expensive, and monitored systems incur a significant annual fee for the monitoring service.

It is important to recognise that the effectiveness of all tracking systems depends on being able to not only locate, but also to recover the stolen vehicle. This generally requires police involvement, although it is important to note that the responsibility for recovering a vehicle actually rests with its owner (or any third party contracted by them), and the police are not obliged to carry out recovery work.

Current police policy does not guarantee a response to a stolen vehicle report via a tracking system. Forces may respond to reports alerted via a legitimate, accredited monitoring centre, but are far less likely to respond to an alert made directly by the owner.

When choosing a tracking system, ask the provider for details of any monitoring centre used, and look for characteristics like the existence of a police allocated ‘Unique Reference Number’ and ideally compliance with the Association of Chief Police Officers and Home Officer Guidance to Companies on Police Policy relating to Stolen Vehicle Tracking Systems.

Tracking systems are building a reputation for themselves as being an effective way of recovering stolen caravans. Recovery can often be fairly rapid, and before any significant harm has been done to the caravan. The increased availability of tracking systems and evolving technology has meant that insurance companies often offer premium discounts when such systems are fitted.

Electronic Tagging

There has been a big increase in the number of companies offering electronic tagging technology. The principal asset marking system used for caravans has been CRiS (see below). However Thiefbeaters provides another form of asset marking which has received Sold Secure approval. This system provides comprehensive marking (etching, microdots and data tags), but does so using its own numbering system, rather than the caravan’s CRiS number.

Caravan Registration & Identification Scheme (CRiS)

From 1992, all touring caravans manufactured by National Caravan Council (NCC) members have been marked on their chassis and on all windows with their unique 17 digit VIN and these are recorded on the CRiS database. Additionally, all new caravans manufactured by NCC members since August 1997 are electronically tagged during manufacture for added security. From 1999 this scheme was extended to allow pre-1992 and privately imported caravans to be registered in a similar way, a DIY kit is available for the window etching and glass tag installation. CRiS marking can be further enhanced by using CRiS Xtra Kit (microdot), which links directly to the CRiS number.

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The products recommend within this website gives the reader an insight into the more effective security products available in the market, it does not give any form of guarantee that these products will be 100% effective in combating crime. Also, it does not guarantee that these methods are suitable for specific applications. It is the responsibility of the equipment supplier and equipment purchaser to ensure that their chosen security device is suitable to its particular application and that it complies with all legislation, standards, codes of practice or any other requirement. Every effort has been made to ensure the contents of this site is accurate, however CSP does not accept responsibility for any losses arising from decisions based upon the content herein.