Around 15% of all car crimes occur in car parks
You can reduce the risk of losing your caravan to thieves by making sure it is registered and marked as well as by using additional mechanical security devices. It's important to choose your winter storage site carefully too.
Around 4000 caravans a year are stolen from driveways, storage sites, and even from behind cars parked at service areas and rest stops.
Thefts are increasingly down to organised gangs targeting high value caravans.
Thieves look for opportunities when caravans are unattended but not secured – for instance with a wheel clamp – and that could be anywhere, including motorway service areas or on your own drive while you're getting ready to leave.
Road going powered vehicles like cars, bikes and lorries are required by law to be registered with the DVLA. The registered keeper holds a vehicle registration document (V5C) showing keeper and vehicle details which include the engine and chassis (VIN) numbers which must be marked on the vehicle too.
As vehicles are bought and sold the buyer and seller must notify DVLA who in turn update the official record and issue a new V5C to the new keeper.
There is no such legal requirement for Caravans and, while this means you don't have to worry about DVLA paperwork at the point of purchase, it does introduce other issues that can affect the future security of your caravan.
The Caravan Registration and Identification Scheme (CRiS) was established by The National Caravan Council in 1992 and is administered by HPI.
All new UK caravans are registered with CRiS by the manufacturer and if the caravan is later stolen, CRiS will enable the police to identify and recover it. You may need to prove that you own the caravan before it can be returned to you.
This CRiS service comprises three parts:
Many caravan insurers insist that the caravan is registered with CRiS before they will provide cover.
Besides making sure that your caravan is registered with CRiS, you can reduce theft risk, and may get an insurance premium discount by taking security measures that include:
(updated 4 May 2012)