The NHSM guide to preventing theft while caravanning and camping

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The popularity of staycations has soared this year, with caravan parks and campsites proving to be go-to destinations. 

While sitting around a campfire and peace and quiet are just two reasons you might choose this type of break, according to the Camping and Caravanning Club, around 1,200 caravans were stolen in the UK last year, and many campers fall victim to theft. 

Here’s our advice on how you can protect your property and loved ones from thieves, meaning you can switch off and enjoy a relaxing holiday to remember for the right reasons. 

Choose your pitch carefully 

If you’re given a choice on where to pitch up when you arrive, pick somewhere in view of the car park, or the main path where there’s going to be people passing by. These areas tend to be well lit and thieves are more likely to operate in secluded spots where they stand more chance of not being noticed.  

Lock it away 

Having a compact safe somewhere inside your caravan adds an extra layer of security, making sure your cash, bank cards, and any other valuables are safely locked away if someone were to break in when you’re not there. Yale has a number of safes available, with some designed to protect cash to the value of £1,000 and valuables up to £10,000. 

Don’t be shy  

Something as simple as Introducing yourself to other campers when you arrive on site can also help you deter would-be thieves. Even better, why not arrange to go away with close friends or family and pitch up next to each other? These tactics can be useful if you ever need someone to watch over your belongings when you venture off site for the day or pop to the local shop for fresh supplies.  

Don’t give thieves an easy ride 

Caravan and camping trips offer the perfect opportunity for families to grab their bikes and explore the countryside. However, this relaxing activity can be made stressful by thieves – almost 300,000 bicycles are stolen every year in England and Wales*. If you are out and about, or even while on the camping or caravan site, use a lock to secure your bike. Yale’s range of bike locks includes cable lock, chain lock and U-lock solutions, which have all been designed with the highest security standards in mind. 

* CyclingUK.Org, 2019