Industry Goes on Offensive to Tackle Caravan Crime
A new working group has been launched in an unprecedented move against caravan-related crime.
The Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (AVCIS), the National Caravan Council (NCC), The Camping and Caravanning Club and The Caravan Club have together formed the Caravan Safety and Security Group (CSSG).
This cross-industry project is supported by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and will focus on ways to improve safety and security in the caravan leisure industry.
The group’s initiative was launched on October 12, at the NEC International Caravan and Motorhome Show in Birmingham.
A new website to help caravanners and the caravan industry to reduce caravan-related crime is one of its innovative projects.
For the trade, the CSSG will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to work co-operatively in developing and implementing measures to reduce theft of, and from, caravans, motor caravans and caravan holiday homes. To this end, it will work with government, enforcement agencies, commercial organisations and trade/member organisations – and of course, caravanners.
For consumers, the Group will focus on safety and security-related matters, to help and protect caravanners/motorhomers by promoting good practice. The new www.cssginfo.co.uk website will provide the latest information on new thinking, new products and the latest technology to fight crime and increase safety.
Committee Chairman and Director General of The Camping and Caravanning Club, Robert Louden, said: “The Club is delighted to be a part of the CSSG and we are looking forward to collaborating with other leading industry organisations to help support this safety and security initiative in the caravan leisure business.
“It has become increasingly important to find an effective solution to help consumers feel informed on all security issues. The new working group aims to provide support by answering any safety and security questions.
“It is essential that further development work is put into place to help continue to maintain and heighten current safety and security standards.”
Director General of the NCC, John Lally, added: “We are on the offensive tackling caravan crime from all angles. CSSG can pool knowledge, share resources and really make things happen.”
Lesley Coell, Head of Insurance and Financial Services, from The Caravan Club said: “We’re confident that the co-operative approach of the ‘Caravan Safety and Security Group’ is the very best way to tackle these concerns for our members and for caravanners as a whole.
“We look forward to working with our industry colleagues to benefit the members of our respective organisations, and support the work of police forces around the country in tackling caravan crime.”
AVCIS consultant, Tim Booth, added: “We have seen a substantial reduction in the thefts of caravans from around 5,000 per year in the late 1990's to 1,400 last year, while the industry was working together informally.
“CSSG establishes a more formal partnership that will not only look at theft and security issues but also at safety for the consumer. Leisure time is crucially important for all of us, and the safer it is, the more we will be able to enjoy it.”
The work of the CSSG is now funded by The Camping and Caravanning Club and The Caravan Club and is also supported by the NCC.
More information can be found online at: www.cssginfo.co.uk
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