Caravan theft statistics from Club Care Insurance
In 2015 The National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service reported that caravan thefts had risen by 20 percent* on previous years. More recently, Club Care Insurance, have also seen a dramatic increase in thefts with a 36% rise in 2016 compared to 2015.
Read on to learn more about this trend and find out how to maximise your own caravan’s security.
The statistics explained
Using data provided by Club Care Insurance, we’ve mapped out the number of claims relating to caravan theft throughout 2014 – 2016. The graph provided below shows the hot spots in thefts over the last three years.
A 36% rise in caravan thefts in 2016 follows a 29% increase in 2014. This increase isn’t cause for major concern if you’re taking measures to ensure your caravan security but it does highlight the need for sensible precautions and comprehensive cover.
Whilst there are clearly peaks and lulls, it’s really important to remember that thefts occur year round and security should always be front of mind. Don’t lower your guard during seemingly low-risk months. That being said, there are a few peaks to bear in mind.
- The summer months saw some of the highest increases across 2016. Thefts in June rose by 83%, July by 125% and August by 140%.
- Heading into the autumn months, thefts remain considerably higher, compared to 2014.
- Thefts in November more than doubled in 2016 compared to 2015 and were up 125% on 2014.
- December reflects consistently low levels of caravan theft; there was a 66% drop in the number of thefts for 2016. Aside from a spike in 2015, January also points towards low levels in activity making the winter months seem relatively low risk.
- For the month of February thefts are rising year-on-year, 33% in 2015 and a further 66% for 2016.
With the rise of the great British “staycation” alongside the increase in caravan theft, police are warning vehicle owners to be vigilant and take proper measures to prevent thieves taking advantage…
So let’s talk about your caravan security:
Traditionally Caravans parked up on home driveways drives or at motorway service stations are all at risk. So, if you’re parking up away from home for a short period, such as to stop on a motorway service station, it’s a very good idea for someone to stay with the unit at all times. These days you should also check your storage facility protection arrangements. CCTV, security lighting and secure perimeters will all deter theft, and reduce insurance premiums. Below you’ll find a list of the precautions you can take to keep your caravan safe.
- Ensure the windows and doors on your unit are maintained so that they lock firmly and securely. Any old and non-functioning locks should be repaired or replaced immediately.
- Wheel locks – These work both as a visual deterrent and an anti-theft device.
- Hitch locks – These cover your lock and hitching mechanism so that no one else can hook up to your unit, preventing anyone from towing your unit away.
- Alarms – Those that sound a loud alarm once activated act as a useful tool in deterring potential thieves.
- Don’t leave valuables on show inside your caravan, items on display such as small change, keys and mobile phones can spark a break-in.
- When pulled into motorway service stations ensure someone remains with your vehicle at all times.
- Ensure your VIN (vehicle identification number) is etched on each window.
- Only stay on established campsites where security is prioritised. We have over 100 Club Sites across the UK, many of which also offer storage.
- Take photographs of your unit, keep a note of your CRIS number and consider tracking devices. These simple steps will help you get your unit back if it is stolen.
Read more about touring caravan theft prevention tactics.
Whilst the above tips go a long way to preventing your caravan being the victim of a theft, it’s also important to ensure you are covered if your unit is targeted. Club Care’s Caravan Insurance is one of the most comprehensive policies on the market.
You don’t need to be a member of the Club to take out a policy however members do receive a whole host of benefits. These include up to £3,500 towards alternative accommodation or hire of a similar caravan if yours suffers loss or damage and up to £1,500 free contents cover.