People get attached to their motorhome; it can become almost part of the family. But the threat of theft is very real. "We have seen a rise in motorhome thefts in the past 12 months," says Craig Thompson, marketing director of insurance specialist Caravan Guard.
Fortunately there are steps you can take to keep your home-from-home secure.
Most touring units spend far more time in storage than on tour. So, when you're choosing where to store your 'van, its security should be a priority.
Start your search for secure storage at CaSSOA (the Caravan Storage Site Owners' Association). All of the 400-plus sites listed on the CaSSOA website must reach a minimum level of security, which is independently assessed every five years.
Despite all that, don't rule out a storage facility just because it isn't part of CaSSOA, suggests Thompson. "Remember, there are some good storage sites that are not CaSSOA accredited." Judge a site by its security features.
The stay-at-home option
If you have space, keeping your vehicle at home is a convenient solution. But that can also be all too convenient for thieves.
"You must invest in good security," recommends Iain Geddes, senior technical advisor at The Camping and Caravanning Club. "Security posts are great for motorhomes, and there's a good choice of wheel clamps and steering wheel locks on the market."
When choosing a security device such as a wheel lock, look for one that has been certified Sold Secure Silver or Gold; preferably Gold. A handful of products achieve the even higher Diamond standard. Examples of wheel locks and clamps that performed well in independent testing include Al-Ko's Secure Caravan Wheel Lock and Milenco's Compact C Wheelclamp.
Locks and clamps should prevent a theft, but not always. As another tier of security, consider a tracker, such as those available from Bulldog Secure, so there's a chance you'll get your 'van back if it is stolen.
Keep your kit secure
It's not just your motorhome that might be at risk, but also the possessions inside it.
"Don't have any big-ticket items on show," says Geddes. "There are aftermarket sales available that you could secure inside a locker."
Window locks are also worth considering to make it harder for a thief to gain access to the inside of your 'van. Lock M Out produces 11 security devices for different types of window catch.
By investing in the best storage and security products, you greatly improve the odds of beating the thieves. And you could save on insurance costs, too.