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A Guide to Caravan Security Devices

Caravans have long been rich picking for thieves, but using readily available caravan security devices can help to reduce the chances of your holiday plans being ruined by the theft of your caravan.

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Hitch locks

caravan hitch lock

These are a popular method of deterring thieves as they help to prevent the caravan from being removed from a towing vehicle or being towed away by blocking off the hitch mechanism. They are quick and easy to fit, making them a good option for quick stops, as well as longer stays and storage.

There are a range of different hitch lock sizes and designs so you are bound to find one to fit your caravan. It is worth investing in a lock made from heavy steel that covers the hitch fixing bolts.

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Door locks

It may sound obvious but it is worth supplementing your existing caravan lock with secure locking mechanisms. These can make it more difficult for opportunists to break into your caravan to take your belongings. It is also possible to get a device which bolts onto the body of the caravan and swings across the door to protect the lock.

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Chassis secure wheel lock

These locks work by fitting between the spokes of the wheels on your caravan to stop them from turning. They can provide very effective security for most modern caravans, but are best suited for longer stays. They can be more difficult to fit than hitch locks and the caravan will need to be jacked up for the wheel to be aligned properly. 

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Caravan anchoring device

A caravan anchoring device works in a similar way to a hitch post, in that it helps to secure the caravan to the ground. These devices drop down from the chassis of the caravan and embed into the ground making it difficult to move. They can be used at many caravan parks as an extra security measure.

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Alarmed locks and cables

Modern alarm locks have a built in siren which will sound if they are removed or tampered with. These are really useful when you're touring as they are quick and easy to fit and may work as an effective deterrent. There are many different types of alarmed locks, cables and chains available on the market at a range of different prices.

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Wheel clamps

caravan wheel clamp

Wheel clamps work in a similar way to wheel locks but the caravan does not need to be raised off the ground to fit these devices, making them easier to use. There are a wide range of wheel clamps available to suit a variety of tyre sizes. 

Wheel clamps can also be useful as an extra precaution when parking your caravan on an incline as they help to prevent the wheels from moving. 

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Tracking devices

Even with the best security, a determined thief may still find a way to take your caravan. As an additional line of defence you might choose to have a tracking device installed so that it can be tracked to assist in the recovery of your caravan. 

There are two types of tracking device; non-proactive and proactive. Non-proactive devices use GPS to track the location of the caravan. Proactive tracking devices also use GPS but have sophisticated movement sensors which can immediately alert security providers so that you can react in real time should your caravan be on the move without your knowledge. It is worth researching both types of trackers and deciding which suits your needs and budget.

Investing in more than one of these devices can help to improve the security of your caravan and can work as more of a deterrent to thieves. 

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