Club Care Launches Caravan Theft Alert System

Caravan industry figures suggest that the number of caravans reported as stolen are decreasing year on year, however research* by Club Care Insurance shows that on average just three per cent of stolen caravans are recovered.

To tackle this on-going problem, Club Care Insurance, supported by the Association of Chief Police Officers Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (AVCIS), has created a Caravan Theft Alerts System, http://www.caravantheftalerts.co.uk, which will be officially launched tomorrow at The Motorhome & Caravan Show at the NEC, Birmingham in October.

Nigel Coppen, Client Director at Club Care, said: “At its peak it was estimated that around 5,000 caravans were stolen each year so we launched this system to allow the caravanning community to use the internet and social media to report their stolen caravans and to encourage the general public to report any sightings.”

The new mobile-friendly system will enable stolen caravans to be reported to the Caravan Theft Alerts website by insurers or owners.

Any confirmed genuine sightings of a stolen caravan will be passed onto the police, who will then follow up the leads and seek to recover the caravan. Upon retrieval, cash rewards may also be offered by the insurers or the owners themselves.

For more information as to how the system works, view Club Care’s video on their website: http://www.caravantheftalerts.co.uk  

Tim Booth, Leisure Vehicles Officer with ACPO Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service, believes the system will provide a significant boost to the recovery of stolen caravans.

He said: “In recent years the industry has worked hard to reduce the number of caravan thefts. By involving the consumer this initiative will further support this work. This system increases substantially the chances of early recovery and I commend it.”

Tim also offered a word of caution regarding gathering details to submit a sighting, and added: “Under no circumstances should any member of the public put themselves at risk to gather information about a potential sighting. Even if they can only collect small amounts of information, such as part of a registration number on a towcar, this could be enough to trace the caravan.”

If you would like to share this system, website and blog owners can create a customisable widget by visiting: www.caravantheftalerts.co.uk/widget

For more information visit The Camping and Caravanning Club’s stand in Hall 18, Stand 18 at The Motorhome & Caravan Show where video content, explaining the system in further detail, will be available to view.

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For further media information or images, please contact:

Jon Dale, 024 7647 5204, 07748 936464 jon.dale@thefriendlyclub.co.uk
Kim Blythe, 024 7647 5224, 07951 153074, kim.blythe@thefriendlyclub.co.uk
Sara Drinkwater, 01789 491610, sara@alphaquad.co.uk

Editorial Notes:

1. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 110-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 109 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, now runs and manages a further 20 Camping in the Forest Touring Sites.
2. www.realrichness.co.uk was launched on Monday, April 18, 2011.
3. www.newtocamping.co.uk incorporates all forms of outdoor holidays.

Club Care is the long-established provider of insurance for members of The Camping and Caravanning Club, meeting the specific needs of those who enjoy the outdoor lifestyle. Club Care specialises in touring caravan insurance, static caravan insurance, motorhome insurance, trailer tent insurance and camping insurance, but also offers a host of other products too. You do not have to be a member of the Club to enjoy Club Care’s products, but members receive a discount on premiums and a host of other policy benefits.

*Source: ACPO Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service and Club Care caravan claims data

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