Caravans may be more vulnerable than houses but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your property secure.
Caravan owners can take a few practical crime prevention steps to reduce their chances of being a victim of crime.
Always close doors, windows and any skylights whenever you leave your caravan even if it’s only for a short time. Always lock your caravan and take the keys with you .
DON’T LEAVE ANYTHING VALUABLE ON DISPLAY
Take all your valuables with you when you leave the caravan or at least put them away from sight.
LEAVE YOUR CURTAINS OPEN
Possible intruders can see there are no valuables lying about. Site security can also check out your caravan easily. Even open cupboard doors can help deter a thief.
USE AN ALARM
Have a reliable alarm fitted and turn it on when you leave your caravan.
USE SECURITY MARKINGS
Where possible, valuable items such as laptops and televisions should be marked with your postcode and house number using a UV marker. This helps police identify the owner of the recovered property.
IF YOU HAVE A SHED BESIDE YOUR CARAVAN
Keep your shed in good condition and fit a good close shackle padlock to the door. Valuables inside should also be marked with your postcode. Think about chaining larger items such as bicycles together when they are not being used- it is much more difficult for a thief to carry away lots of large heavy items.
GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS
Keep an eye on each other's caravans when they are vacant. Don’t be afraid to report anything suspicious to the site manager or the PSNI immediately.
If you notice anything untoward in your caravan park, note down any important details such as a description or vehicle registration and contact police immediately on 999.