Your camper van is no doubt your pride and joy. And you’ve probably spent a lot of time and money restoring or converting yours into the van of your dreams.
It goes without saying that no one wants all the effort of creating the perfect home-on-wheels to go to waste.
So when it comes to camper vans, safety and security is one of the most important things. Thefts and break-ins are more likely to happen when the van is parked up. But whether it’s in storage or simply sitting on your driveway, a burglary could happen at any time.
We’ve put together a few tips that will help keep your van safe and secure whether you’re at home or away.
- When you’re not on the road, keep the keys to your van in a safe place away from your usual key rack.
- Using steering/gear clamps is a great deterrent and a bit of extra security while your camper van is stored away until your next trip.
- While standard door locks do work, it could be a good idea to replace then with deadlocks.
- Modern camper vans will most likely have a security alarm, however if you opted for an older motorhome you’ll have to install an alarm yourself. Even though they may come at a hefty cost, it’s certainly a price worth paying.
- Tracking devices are not only good deterrents, but if you’re ever in the unfortunate situation where your van is stolen, you’re more likely to be able to get it back if you can locate it.
- When you’re on the road, keep any valuable items out of view – this includes TVs, laptops and tablets. Store them away in a secure cupboard when you’re away from the van.
- Even if you’re just popping to the campsite shop a mere five minutes away, don’t leave your vehicle unlocked.
- When you insure your van, make sure you get the right level of insurance for you. It’s good to buy one that covers items like bikes, electronics, or anything else you might be taking on the road with you.
Spending a little bit of money and following simple practices can reduce the risk of theft, meaning you can relax a little more while you’re exploring the world in your camper.