North Newbald, UK (PRWEB) February 6, 2009
Your caravan is a target of thieves, whether parked onsite, in a driveway or even in a lay-by or service station. According to official Home Office figures vehicle crime makes up 19% of all recorded crime in England and Wales, having security equipment can make your vehicle up to ten times more secure. People take many steps to ensure that their house is safe and insured but when travelling or touring your caravan is your home, imagine the feeling if somebody broke in or stole it. It is extremely important to insure your caravan against theft and damage. Here are a few things to consider when choosing the best caravan insurance policy for you:
1. Theft - static caravans left unattended for long periods are more susceptible to theft and burglaries. If you have nothing worth stealing then advertise this by leaving curtains open and never leave valuables on display.
2. Fire - accidental or arson. A fire is a real possibility in caravans, make sure all heating equipment is checked regularly.
3. Damage - caused by freezing conditions, e.g. burst pipes etc. Be sure to drain all pipes and turn off gas and electricity supplies when your caravan is vacated.
Here are some simple steps you can take to significantly reduce the cost of your caravan insurance policy:
1. Immobalise your caravan WHENEVER you stop, even if only briefly.
It may seem unnecessary but by simply fitting a caravan wheel clamp or hitchlock you can prevent an opportunist thief from towing your mobile home away. It is also worthwhile to secure each corner steady using a good quality padlock or specialized steady lock, make sure chains and shackles are short and strong to avoid thieves cutting through them.
2. Close windows, doors and rooflights EVERY TIME you leave your caravan.
Even if just for a short period of time, it pays to be vigilant.
3. Fit a reliable alarm and tracking device.
Make sure to turn your alarm on whenever you leave your caravan. A tracking device can help the police track down your caravan should it be stolen.
4. Make sure your caravan is security marked.
Since 1992, all National Caravan Council (NCC) recognised manufacturers have stamped the 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) onto the vehicle chassis and etched it into the windows. This helps the police to trace stolen caravans, if your caravan is not marked in this way then make sure you get it marked, local police stations can provide more information on this.
5. Keep your keys with you at all times.
Be sure to lock your caravan whenever you leave and always keep the keys on your person. At home, be sure to keep the keys in a safe place and out of sight.
Follow this advice and your mobile home will be a lot more secure from thieves, don't become another Home Office statistic and protect your caravan.