Securing your motorhome

Most of us accept the need to maintain our motorhome to obtain the maximum benefit from it but sometimes security is neglected as being unessential, until it’s too late. There is always a risk of theft and thieves will see an opportunity whether your motorhome is worth £100,000 or £1,000.

Basic Advice

  • Deter the opportunist thief by using relatively inexpensive products
  • Consider the best security devices available to reduce the risks of your unit being stolen and also reduce your insurance premiums
  • Consider means to help recovery of your unit if it is stolen
  • Deter thefts of property from your unit with simple devices
  • Thieves don’t only steal when your unit is stored, it’s vulnerable at all times even when just stopping for a cup of tea or to stretch your legs at a motorway service station. You therefore need to consider a range of measures to protect yourself at all times.

It is important to understand that no product can guarantee a unit will not be stolen. The aim is to deter a thief who prefers easier pickings or to slow down the more determined thief, or the one with a good toolbox containing large lever bars and disc cutters.

Fitting more than one security measure should slow down a thief more than simply using one. When looking at mechanical security devices remember there are at least two things to consider the strength of the material it is made of and the lock. A wheel clamp made of thick high-grade steel is worthless if secured by a cheap lock that can be defeated in a minute.

Don’t forget to make sure the thief knows the device is fitted so brightly coloured devices or stickers in the window help, though some tracker devices depend on being hidden and unknown to the thief.