HOW TO KEEP YOUR MOTORHOME SAFE AND SECURE
Your motorhome is your home on wheels. You wouldn’t leave your home unlocked and vulnerable to burglars, your motorhome is no different. Several manufacturers now standardise the locks to reduce production costs. This has made motorhomes more vulnerable to theft. As a result, it is now more important than ever to take measures to secure your motorhome so you don’t fall victim to motorhome theft.
For example, in Victoria, Bayswater, Geelong and Keysborough have become hotspots for caravan and RV thefts. These are the core dealership locations with career criminals specialising in a caravan and motorhome theft target these areas.
Try and leave your motorhome in a well-lit location. Don’t leave it near trees or in wooded locations of low visibility. If you are staying in a trailer park or campsite, ensure it is visible to security guards or CCTV cameras which will deter would-be criminals from helping themselves to your stuff. When you are choosing campsites, try to choose campsites which have security gates.
Avoid parking near ATMs, convenience stores or petrol stations. These places are often targeted by thieves and you don’t want an opportunistic thief to change their target and have a go at your motorhome. If you don’t have the money for a full motion sensor security alarm, standard and very low-cost motion sensor lights go a long way to deterring would-be criminals.
KEEP AN INVENTORY AND MARK VIN NUMBER ALL OVER
Ensure you have an inventory with photos of all your expensive and important items. If your motorhome or caravan is stolen, this will make it easier to make a police report and insurance claim forms.
Make sure your VIN number is etched on different panes of glass. This will help identify the caravan or RV if it is stolen.
Of course, locking your motorhome is essential to keep your belongings and motorhome safe. But with the issues of standardised manufacture locks, investing in an additional lock is a wise idea. I usually just use a mounted retractable cable lock. A steering lock on the steering wheel will also be a good deterrent or a wheel clamp across the wheels. If you have a caravan or your motorhome has towing capabilities, a hitch lock on the tow bar will prevent thieves from hitching it up and driving off.
If you have the money to spend, new security systems are worth the extra expense. Modern systems send you a text message if someone is trying to enter your motorhome and makes a loud racket if someone attempts to break in while the motorhome is locked and secured. Prices start at around $150 for a wireless alarm system.
BRING ALL YOUR FURNITURE IN
It sounds obvious, but most thefts are due to negligence or leaving high-value items outside overnight or when the owners go out for the day. It may be a hassle, but move your generator inside the van every night and every time you go out.
TALK TO YOUR MOTORHOME INSURANCE PROVIDER
There are certain things they will give you a discount on your premiums and they will have some good advice. It’s great to get a reduction in insurance premiums while making your motorhome harder to steal.
What do you think? How do you keep your motorhome safe? Share your thoughts through the comments section below.