Holiday surge for caravan criminals

A caravan similar to the Rainger family's, from Orrelll, that was stolen.'ADNAN
A caravan similar to the Rainger family's, from Orrelll, that was stolen.'ADNAN
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Calling all caravanners...lock up your homes!

That is the message being spread far and wide to holidaymakers descending on the Fylde coast for a Bank Holiday break, as the theft of mobile homes is expected to spike.

According to The Camping and Caravanning Club, the early May public holiday is a peak time for caravan thieves. Sites across Blackpool have births for hundreds of touring caravans, and are expecting a wave of visitors to their holiday parks.

But Beverley Larion, a spokeswoman for the Caravan Club, which has a site on Cropper Road, Marton, says the company has a range of security tips for caravaners.

She said: “Last year around 1,400 caravans were stolen in the UK.

“Very few are ever returned to their original owner, partly because they ‘disappear’ into an illicit network of buyers and sellers, and partly because, when a caravan is found by the police, all identifying marks have been removed - it is not uncommon for thieves to grind out the VIN number from the caravan windows.

“A good hitchlock will deter the opportunist thief, and will offer a reasonable degree of protection on site and at roadside halts and motorway service areas, providing you use the type that can lock car and caravan together.

“Tracking systems enable a caravan to be located after it has been stolen, generally using satellite technology, although the earliest systems used radio signals.It is important to recognise that the effectiveness of all tracking systems depends on being able to not only locate but also to recover the stolen vehicle.”

A spokesman for Marton Mere Holiday Park, said: “We are very aware of caravan safety and the dangers that owners can face. We are in regular contact with the owners on how to implement safety measures.”