Your motorhome is a significant investment and it makes sense to protect it. Unfortunately motorhomes are popular targets for thieves, as not only are they valuable in their own right, but they are often filled with expensive contents.
Firstly, it pays to remember simple precautions like closing windows, locking all doors when you are away from the vehicle, and never leaving valuables on display. Also, try not to leave your motorhome unattended for long periods of time if at all possible.
Secondly, your insurer may require additional security measures be installed such as an alarm, immobiliser or, tracking device for when the vehicle is left unattended. In certain circumstances, some insurers will specify what device or devices you will be required to install, or it may give discount for a particular security device.
There are a wide range of mechanical options on the market to secure your motorhome and reduce the risk of theft. Look for a good rating from a recognised testing house such as Sold Secure or Thatcham to make sure it’s built to withstand attack. Most insurance providers will insist the security product is approved by either Sold Secure or Thatcham.
These wrap around the outside of the tyre and usually cover the wheel bolts and provide a good visible deterrent to reduce the risk of the vehicle being driven away. Wheel locks prevent the wheel rotating. Look out for products approved to at least Sold Secure Gold rating
Steering wheel locks
Can be a bar-lock, circular lock or even a chain and padlock. Whichever you choose, steering wheel locks are another visual deterrent.
Is an audio deterrent for your motorhome and will often be fitted in the base vehicle. The alarm usually comes with a window sticker which you can position appropriately to advertise that your vehicle is alarmed, thereby encouraging the would-be thief to move on elsewhere
Again, this device is often found as part of the base vehicle. It is particularly helpful if a thief gains access to your motorhome, by preventing them from driving away. Each time you switch off your engine, the immobiliser activates automatically.
A tracking device
Is a monitoring device that needs to be registered with a control centre. If you’re you are unfortunate enough to have your motorhome stolen a signal is sent to a control centre, locating where the vehicle is so it can be recovered.
When selecting the appropriate security device(s) for your motorhome, make sure that you invest in the highest quality product you can afford that is approved by Thatcham.
Sold Secure is a product testing service provided by the Master Locksmiths Association and many leisure vehicle security products have a Sold Secure rating, they are structured from gold to bronze. A few product categories can attain the highest rating, diamond.
Finally, make sure you have good motorhome insurance so that should the worst happen, you are covered. Club Care offers new motorhome replacement in the first year of registration (where damage exceeds half the manufacturer’s recommended retail price) with the option to increase this to two years, and up to £3,500 personal effects cover, including equipment, baggage, portable TVs, audio equipment, etc, up to £350 per single item. By fitting certain security devices you may also benefit from saving on your insurance premium.