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Theft of Caravans in Cheshire

26th May 2019 @ 6:06am – by Cheshire Police
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We have had an increase of Caravans stolen from storage sites around the Chester area. Please use as many locks on your caravan as possible when stored at home or at storage sites. Report any suspicious behaviour or theft attempts to 101.

  • Storage and setting up camp One of the first things you should consider regarding caravan security is location. Whether you're locking away your caravan for the winter or just for the day, park it in a secure location or shed, behind lock and key. And when you're out on the road do your best to park where you can keep an eye on it or put it in a busy location out in the open. Using locks, clamps and security covers with go further in helping you to customise your caravan and keep it secure.
  • Coupling lock/security cover A coupling lock fits over the top of your coupling. It secures your caravan by preventing the coupling latch from being lifted. When your caravan is attached to your tow vehicle, this ensures the coupling cannot be released from the tow ball. And when your caravan is uncoupled, the lock will prevent it from being coupled to a vehicle.
  • Universal coupling lock Like its name suggests, a universal coupling lock can work with a variety of different couplings up to a certain size. This type of lock features a tow ball, on to which the coupling fits. It is then secured by a lockable bar, which arches over the head of the coupling. By design, a universal coupling lock is only for when your caravan is uncoupled.
  • Wheel lock/clamp A wheel lock or clamp is another great deterrent. This device simply makes your caravan immobile by preventing its wheel from turning.
  • Pad lock and chain While not the most secure solution, chaining your caravan's drawbar – or in the case of a tandem axle caravan, chaining two wheels together – can help deter theft.
  • Securing your valuables Keeping your property safe and secure is all about commonsense. Always lock your caravan when it's unattended, even if it's for a minute. This is especially true at busy caravan parks or storage sites.
  • Lockable wheel nuts Just as you would on your tow vehicle, secure the wheels of your caravan with lockable wheel nuts.
  • Remove Items While you caravan is not being use please remove any tools or high value items from inside.
  • GPS Tracking If possible fit a tracking device to your caravan.

Keep your caravan secure by using as many of these tips as possible!

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