How tracking systems can increase the likelihood of retrieving your stolen caravan

Having your caravan stolen is upsetting - not only because your prize possession has been taken from you but also because it may ruin your plans for a trip away. The uncertainty of whether you'll ever see it again only makes things worse.

Only 3% of stolen caravans are ever returned

Insurance statistics show that only 3% of stolen caravans are ever returned, but in cases where the caravan is fitted with a pro-active tracking system, this number dramatically increased.

Caravan tracking systems, which come fitted as standard on many top-of-the-range caravans, are able to detect the movement of a tourer, meaning that if anyone unexpectedly moves the vehicle, the owner will be notified immediately.

The way this works is the tracker system sends out a text message to the owner, giving them all the details they need to contact the local police and the tracking system's manufacturer to effectively locate the stolen caravan. The way this works is the tracker system sends out a text message to the owner, giving them all the details they need to contact the local police

In many cases this means that a hijacked tourer can be safely returned to its owner in less than one hour.

Choosing a tracking system can be a long process, with many different products on the market. The key thing to look for is the level of approval that the product has been given by the two main caravan accessory accreditation bodies.

If your tracking system comes with a rating from Sold Secure or Thatcham, then you can be sure that it is up to the task. What's more, tracking systems come with an annual subscription fee, so it is important to make sure that your subscription hasn't expired, otherwise the authorities won't be able to help you as easily in the event of a theft.

Finally, when buying a tracking device, you should look for key features such as European cover, 24-hour monitoring, and most important of all, a low battery warning as there is no point having a tracker fitted if it has run out of battery.

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