Are you protected against motorhome theft?
As the number of motorhome thefts increases each year and thieves become more innovative in their tactics, it’s so important to ensure you stay up to date with the latest security measures and advice.
Here at David J Miller Insurance Brokers, we understand that your motorhome is your pride and joy. We want you to be able to enjoy your motorhome fully without worry of leaving it unattended. Your motorhome is made for exploration, not for being stuck on the driveway out of fear of taking it elsewhere.
With this in mind, let’s explore 10 ways you can protect yourself from motorhome theft:
1. Tracking devices
In the event of your motorhome being stolen, having a high-quality tracking device fitted could mean the difference in recovering your stolen motorhome or not. While it may seem tempting to save a few pennies and go for the cheapest tracker available, investing in your security means investing in your peace of mind.
Some insurance companies have now made it mandatory to have a Thatcham Research or Sold Secure approved tracker installed. Which can significantly increase the chances of recovery following theft, whilst upholding the security of your motorhome.
2. Take measures to prevent motorhome theft
While installing security measures around your motorhome such as steering wheel locks, gear locks, clutch claws and wheel clamps increases the overall safety of your vehicle, they also act as effective visual deterrents.
3. Protect your keys
Although this may seem like an obvious point, how many of us have left our vehicles running or with the keys in the ignition while we ‘popped’ in somewhere? It is always better to err on the side of caution by removing keys from the ignition. We also recommend to avoid leaving them lying around the motorhome. Insurers are unlilkley to pay out in the event of a claim where keys have been left in an unattended vehicle.
Consider storing your keys in a secure pouch to protect against keyless entry and loss of keys.
While some motorhomes come with an immobiliser already installed, it is crucial to ensure your vehicle is equipped with one. An immobiliser can protect your vehicle from moving once turned off, even in the event of being hot-wired by a thief without a key.
Make sure your immobiliser is Thatcham category 1 in order to meet most insurance requirements.
The installation of a motorhome alarm can be one of the simplest yet most effective deterrents of theft. Whilst most motorhomes now-a-days come with an alarm already installed, it’s important to ensure your vehicle is equipped with one.
Find out whether your vehicle has an immobiliser and alarm in your vehicle handbook.
6. Security cameras
While the installation of security cameras may not prevent the act of motorhome theft, they are hugely beneficial in helping to figure out who is responsible for it.
7. Enhanced door security
As most motorhomes are built with lightweight bodies, upgrading the security of your motorhome doors can greatly help prevent thieves from using simple tools like screwdrivers or lock picking devices to gain entry to your vehicle.
Unsure of where is best to store your valuables such as money and jewellery? Investing in a safe to store in your motorhome can help add another layer of security to your vehicle, especially when travelling for long periods of time.
It is recommended to not take valuable or sentimental possessions on trips as thefts from campsites can occur frequently.
9. Display deterrent signs
Displaying deterrent signs and stickers of the security measures in place in the window of your motorhome acts as an effective warning to prevent potential thieves.
10. Find motorhome insurance that protects you
We have the privileged position to not only offer access to fantastic rates and competitive motorhome insurance deals from our panel of some of the the UK’s leading motorhome insurers, we also guarantee a first-class customer experience with our friendly and personal team.
Be confident that your home on wheels is competitively and comprehensively insured and protected with David J Miller Insurance Brokers.
Although it’s imperative you get insurance cover for your motorhome, it is just as important to ensure you put the necessary security measures in place to prevent theft of/from your motorhome.
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