Back in August 2012 we saw theft of equipment and personal possessions from static caravans and holiday lodges rise by around 30%, thankfully these rates have now steadied but we want to remind you how important it is to remain extra vigilant.
Thieves can strike at any time
Having your holiday caravan targeted by thieves isn’t nice at all, so to help we’ve highlighted a few simple ways owners can take extra precautions to protect contents from theft.
Fitting an alarm and other security devices to your static caravan or holiday lodge is one of the easiest ways to keep it safe, but there are other more practical ways to do this too…
Most thefts from statics happen when they are not in use or the owner has gone out. As such, when leaving your static for long periods of time you should ensure that as many valuables as possible have been removed or hidden from view and the curtains have been left open to show that there is nothing to steal.
Keep keys and other valuable items out of view
Also ensure that all windows, doors (including patio or French doors) and skylights have been securely closed and locked, and that any security systems fitted have been engaged.
If you are on holiday in your static caravan but will be leaving for a short period of time then ensure that wherever possible all valuables are hidden away and that items such as car or house keys, credit cards or cash are brought out of the static with you.
The police also recommend that any valuable electrical items such as TVs are marked with your name, postcode and telephone number using a special UV pen (which can be picked up for a few pounds) to help with the recovery of stolen goods. Having this information on items helps Police to return recovered stolen items to their rightful owners.
Fitting extra security
Ensuring that the locks on your static caravan’s windows and doors are working correctly and cannot be easily broken is the first essential bit of security that needs to be considered.
To add further security to your static caravan you can fit a motion sensor or door / window contact triggered alarm system which makes noise to alert nearby people to an unauthorised access. However, as already mentioned the majority of break-ins happen when you are away from your static caravan, meaning you are relying on somebody being nearby to hear and react to the alarm.
Are you exposing yourself to theft?
A much more effective alarm system are the monitored varieties which alert the manager of the holiday park that there has been a break-in – the alerts are sent either by radio wave or mobile phone text technology. Upon receiving an alert the manager can check out what has occurred and take the necessary action. At the very least the alert will allow you to act quickly and re-secure the property to protect it from further damage.
Monitoring equipment is bought by the park and then the park will sell individual alarm units to its customers (the most well known brand of which are Ramtech), some devices can even detect other hazards such as water, gas or carbon monoxide leaks and alert the park operator or static caravan owner.
Other alarm manufacturers produce similar devices designed for use in static caravans, so our advice would be to speak to your park operator about the system they would recommend.
Of course even with good security in place thefts can still happen, which is why it’s important to have quality static caravan insurance cover in place.