According to recent statistics caravan theft rose by 60% over the last 12 months, highlighting the importance of fitting a security device onto a caravan and motorhome. With crime on the rise it is important to not only have the right insurance in place, but also an insurance approved security device.
For most insurance companies it is a minimum requirement to fit a hitchlock and or wheel clamp, a combination of the two is best practice. A hitchlock is an easy device to fit and is a visible deterrent. They are ideal if you are stopping at a service station for a quick break and want peace of mind when you leave your caravan parked.
A wheel clamp tends to be heavier than a hitchlock and in bad weather could be awkward to fit. However they offer excellent security from drive away theft by sitting over or on the wheel bolts, making the wheel unable to turn for a rotation. It is recommended that they are not used just for storage but also when on a campsite.
Insurance companies take into consideration products that have been approved by independent test houses such as Sold Secure. Stronghold security products are tested by Sold Secure and receive Gold Standard Approvals for caravans, trailers and motorhomes. Sold Secure test security products such as wheel clamps and hitchlocks within strict criteria to ensure our products are designed and manufactured to the highest standards. Annual re-testing ensures these standards are maintained.
As our products pass the stringent Sold Secure testing, they also pass the rules set by Secured by Design. SbD is a police initiative that promotes excellent security products to the general public that will help protect their home, vehicle and belongings. SbD support the principle of designing out crime through physical security and processes.
It is also important to look for security devices for wheels and hitches that have strong product features. We ensure that our products feature robust anti-saw hardened steel and patented high security pick-free locks. While it cannot 100% guarantee the theft of a vehicle, it would stop an opportunist thief or prolong an attack with a hacksaw or angle grinder.