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Closing Down Your Caravan Security Tips

When it comes to that sad time of the year where we have to close down our caravans for the winter. It is important to make sure you give yourself the best chance of not being broken into.

Sadly, caravans can be a very easy target in the winter months as security are not able to keep an eye on everywhere at the same time.

Luckily there are a number of things that you can do to make your caravan less of a target. So I thought I would write this as a little guide in the hope it helps in a small way.

1) Make sure that you do not leave any valuables in the caravan. So many people do and that is why caravans are targeted. Just think, if no one left anything in their caravans then burglars would not have a reason to break into empty caravans at all.

2) Leave your curtains, blinds and net curtains open (Ideally take them away for the winter and give them a clean at the same time) I walk around some sites in the winter checking on owners and friends vans and I see so many with the nets left up. To a burglar that says that there could be something in there that is being hidden away from view.

3) Put some signs in the window that say no valuables are left in the caravan. It may sound silly but some people as mentioned above leave the caravan pretty much as it was all year, The signs tell burglars that you are active in closing down your van and removing all valuable items. Think about it, if your curtains are open and there are signs present but the van next to yours has nets up and no signs, which is the one that they are most likely to target?

4) I always tell people where possible to leave the cupboard doors open too. If a potential burglar looks through the windows and sees that there is nothing inside including empty cupboards then they can pretty much see there is no valuables hidden in the caravan. A closed cupboard could be covering a valuable item so dont give them a reason tho think that.

5) Consider buying one of those cheap battery powered motion sensor alarms (if you do not have a proper alarm fitted). They run off battery and can just be enough to draw attention to a break in and anything that causes noise is off putting for a burglar. They don't like to have attention drawn to them and without them hanging around to investigate further they do not know what sort of alarm you have. For all they know it could be connected to the site reception and security could already be on the way.

6) Ask yourself how secure your door locks are? I see some people telling owners to buy a £10 lock from a local shop and fit it yourself. Are you really happy leaving your pride and joy secured by a cheap lock that can take seconds to get into? Imagine having to tell the insurance company that you bought a £10 lock and fitted it yourself.

7) Make sure that the lock that you have on your caravan is an Anti-Snap lock prior to the winter months. It takes seconds for a burglar with some mole grips to pull off the bottom of your handle and snap cheap locks to gain access. Anti-snap locks are ironically designed to snap before the weak middle section leaving the door secure and the rest of the lock in place. It is a lot easier then for a burglar to try another caravan than mess about trying to get the middle section out, which can be a long, hard and loud job as it normally requires a drill. if your lock is more than a few years old and was bought from a hardware store for under £30 and fitted by anyone other than a locksmith then you most likely do not have an anti-snap lock. It is worth getting a locksmith to check for you.

8) Make sure that your lock does not stick out of the door too much. I see so many poorly fitted locks in caravan doors that stick out more than half a centimetre. That makes it even easier to get in, they don't even need to break off or bend up the bottom of your handle to snap the lock if its too long.

9) Consider who has a key for your caravan too, Sometimes the person doing the drain down might have one, the cleaner might, the site could and anyone who has rented your van that season could have had one cut for an extra key while they was on holiday. It might be time to consider changing the locks so no one has access to your pride and joy after all is closed down. Make sure that you inform anyone that could be going in to your van to double check that the door is locked and all windows closed before they leave the caravan.

10) Sheds are a increasingly common thing to be broken into during the winter months and many people keep them locked up and leave things in them. My advice here is take home all your valuables and empty your shed before closing down. Leave the shed doors unlocked so that a would be theif can have a look inside and see it is empty without damagind your shed to find that out.

11) If you can see your gas and or electricity meters from outside then I always snap a couple of photos so that I have the readings to compare to when I go back to make sure that no one has used it or that you are not being charged for times you are not there.

12) Lastly and most importantly, make sure that you get your van professionally drained down by a professional gas man or plumber. It is not worth taking the risk of your boiler bursting its bottom or your pipes splitting and ruining your van. It will not be very secure with a really soggy floor or a massive hole in the floor.

Mr Steve hopes you have a good winter and I hope it goes fast enough so that it doesn't feel like forever. It does sometimes feel like ages until it is time to come back. Our caravans are our pride and joy and it is always worth making sure they are safe and secure. If you need a new snap resistant lock fully and correctly fitted to your caravan with 5 new keys for just £59 then give me a call and book in your lock change. I can fit them in the daytime, evening or at weekends so whenever is best for you.

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About Mr Steve The Locksmith

Mr Steve is a domestic, commercial & 24 hour emergency locksmith covering Skegness, Ingoldmells, Chapel St Leonards, Wainfleet, Louth, Mablethorpe, Spilsby, Alford & surrounding areas. He offers a 24 hour call out service and can gain entry to your home if you are locked out, replace your locks with new, safer, more secure ones and even change or upgrade your UPVC door or window locks & handles.
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