We Brits love caravanning and along with your home it’s one of the biggest single investments you’ll make. And with more and more of us getting in to caravanning and choosing to holiday at home, it’s important that you stay safe while you’re on your travels. So, the security experts at Yale have come up with some handy hints on how to stay safe in your caravan come rain or shine.
1. Be alarmed! – Many people invest in home security alarms, but it is just as important to alarm your caravan, whether it’s on your drive or on a site. By using a portable, self-contained standalone alarm you can quickly and easily protect your caravan and its contents.
The new standalone alarm range from Yale is battery powered and includes; a door contact, door hanger and PIR sensor all with an in-built alarm. Additional sirens and an optional remote keyfob are also available.
Remember, it’s a good idea if you’ve got an alarm to use a visible sticker to say that one is fitted.
2. Keep it safe – Caravans and motorhomes are an attractive proposition to thieves, as they are often left unattended while you enjoy the sights during the day and the social scene at night. Installing a Certified safe can help to protect your personal items, such as passports, jewellery and small electrical goods.
Yale offers a range of electronic Certified safes, which feature thick armour plated walls and doors as well as fixing bolts for you to secure the safe within your caravan. Plus, all Certified safes are cash rated to a value of £2000.
3. Keep it locked – If you’re travelling with bikes or outdoor equipment, make sure you keep them safe too. Not only are they highly visible to potential thieves when left outside your caravan, they are often neglected when it comes to security. Using a secure padlock and chain will keep your bikes safe and deter opportunist thieves.
Yale offers a range of bike locks that can be opened with keys or a combination. The range also includes a U-shaped lock, which provides protection against saws and bolt cutters, and the unique cover cap prevents the lock from rusting – ideal for the British summer!
4. Mark your property – It is important to mark the valuable items in your caravan or motorhome, and it’s worth keeping an up-to-date list of serial numbers. This can help police to identify your property and makes it easier to prove ownership in court.
5. Make a saving – Not only does a secure caravan give you peace of mind it can also save you money on your insurance premium. When looking for caravan insurance, shop around, as many companies will offer discounts for various security measures and for using approved security products.
All of the Yale security products recommended are available in many large retailers and hardware stores, or through your local locksmith. Alternatively, buy online at www.yale.co.uk or telephone 01902 364647 for further information.