Secure your valuables and personal property in the caravan
“The best way to avoid caravan contents theft is to remove temptation,” Gordon says. “Never leave valuables visible in your car or caravan. Keep them in your home or lock them away in a locked drawer or cupboard, or even a small safe.”
In addition, you can mark your property with your driver’s licence number (prefixed with a V for Victoria) using an engraver or ultraviolet pen. This helps to make stolen personal property harder to resell and easier to recover, deterring thieves from taking the goods in the first place. Valuables that can’t be marked, like jewellery, should be photographed and recorded with their makes, models and serial numbers in a secure document.
You can also close any curtains to make the caravan interior hard to see into.
Protect your caravan when on the road
When parking your caravan on a road trip, no matter whether it’s for an overnight stay at a caravan park, a quick nap or a fuel stop, always securely lock your car and caravan before leaving or going to sleep.
“It’s vital to lock all doors and windows on your vehicles when you’re not present, even if they’re parked on your own property or if you’re just ducking into a shop for a minute,” says Gordon. “Don’t hide a spare set of keys in or around your car or caravan either – thieves will search for them.”
At night, park in a well-lit and secure location wherever possible. Security devices like a wheel clamp, steering lock, alarm, hitch security device, engine immobiliser or tracking device can all help discourage thieves or catch them in action. External sensor lights are particularly good theft deterrents when caravanning in isolated areas.
“Consider parking with the hitch away from the standard access,” adds Gordon. “That means a criminal would have to turn the car and caravan around to escape, which takes much longer.”