With over 112,000 Motorhomes in the UK and 11,300 new Motorhomes registered in 2009 alone, theft of and from the “Homes from Homes” is becoming more and more common. In fact, Motorhome theft is more likely than that of a Car, with 83% of criminals preferring to break into a Motorhome simply due to its contents. To even the most delinquent of criminals, they can be an Aladdin’s Cave full of electrical devices, such as TV’s and DVD players, some may even have personal and sentimental items, impossible to replace.
Typically Motorhomes are targeted by professional thieves and many become cloned or ringed, with forged documents to back up their authenticity too. Unsurprisingly Motorhome theft has now overtaken that of Caravans (pre-2001 models being particularly at risk), they both suffer from vulnerability, as many are left unattended for long periods of time. Those not equipped with a tracking system, can disappear undetected by the owners, thus not reported to police quickly enough to have any realistic chance of recovery.
Simple mechanical security devices such as wheel clamps and hitch locks are no real threat or hurdle for even the most novice of thieves, as they can be easily removed with a crow bar in seconds. However, help is at hand. Not only does GAP Security have a full range of comprehensive Thatcham Approved devices to suit every specific need, vehicle and budget, but you’ll be pleased to learn that your insurance company is keen for you to protect your Motorhome and Caravan too, with most rewarding your vigilance with a discount of up to 15% off your premium!