Security Devices For Motorhomes
Security devices for motorhomes are widely available and can mean the difference between a relaxed break on the road and a lot of stress and potentially loss. No matter how good your motorhome insurance cover is, getting broken into or having your vehicle stolen is always best avoided.
Unfortunately, motorhomes are a popular target for thieves. Professional thieves like them because they often have lower mileage than cars and so are easier to sell on for parts. Opportunist thieves can also be drawn to them because they are often found parked in out of the way places where detection is less likely.
The security devices that are right for you will often depend on your budget and how and where you use and store your motorhome. This short guide is designed to help you make choices that hopefully, give value for money and peace of mind. Because there are many options for each device available, you might take advantage of online reviews and recommendations from fellow motorhome owners you know.
While we cannot recommend specific products, a good guide to what is available from experienced motorhome users is available here: https://www.wandering-bird.com/motorhome-security/
Securing your motorhome at home
Before you head out on the open road it is, of course, important to still have a vehicle in which to travel. Because motorhomes are often left for long periods on a driveway, they can present an attractive target for thieves. For this reason, the first thing is to remove any valuable items that can be stored more safely in your main home or elsewhere.
A motorhome garage with strong doors and good locks is a solid option but one which is not always available.
Lockable security gates may be the next best option to secure a motorhome on your drive.
An alternative which can work in a range of settings is to buy a drive post (or two). These can be fitted to your driveway making it much harder for your motorhome to be driven away, should anyone gain access. There are many models available which a quick online search will bring up.
Well-advertised CCTV cameras filming your motorhome may also be worth considering, mainly as a deterrent. There are many good and inexpensive wired or wireless systems available, many of which can be monitored from your phone. Additionally, if you have pets and need to leave them for short periods when out on the road, a monitored CCYTV system connected to your phone can allow you to check that they are doing OK. CCTV may not stop theft but might make detection and recovery more likely. Stickers on your motorhome windows signifying 24-hour surveillance can be an effective deterrent.
For a monthly fee, you may want to use a nearby motorhome storage facility, which offer good security. This can cost but may be worth thinking about, so that you can be totally relaxed in the knowledge that your motorhome will be there when you need it.
Ultimately, the best outcome, if you have left your vehicle unattended or, even more so, if you are sleeping in it, is if you can prevent access to your motorhome in the first place.
Door and window locks
While new motorhomes will usually have good quality locks, it may be worth beefing up this part of your security on yours, particularly if it is an older model. The cab door, the habitat door and the windows are all potential weak spots a thief can exploit. There are plenty of options out there to strengthen these potential weak spots. Again, shopping around is key to finding what is right for you. Here may be a good place to start: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Motorhome-Security/s?k=Motorhome+Security
As with any motor-vehicle, a good quality steering lock can mean thieves are prevented from driving away. It may also help as a deterrent if it is clearly visible from outside. Seasoned motorhome users often recommend the most colourful and gaudy models for this reason.
There are a number of types of wheel clamp available. It can help you to choose the right type of clamp if you know the measurements of your wheels and whether they are steel or alloy. Again, visibility can really matter. Bright yellows and reds are often favoured by manufacturers for this reason.
Gear stick locks
For an extra level of security, gear-stick locks can be fitted. They tend to cost a little more than the other measures discussed here but can thwart attempts to drive your motorhome away.
Another option is a device sometimes called a pedal claw. This fits over your clutch and stops it moving. If a thief cannot put your motorhome into gear, they are not going anywhere.
There are many alarms with motion sensors, tilt sensors and lock-breach sensor systems that will tell you and everyone around that your motorhome is being broken into. When setting your alarm up, should you choose this option, it can help to make sure it is not set on a delay. This will ensure that it goes off within seconds of a breach and may scare the intruder away.
A GPS tracking system is possibly the last line of defence. If you need it for security, it means your motorhome has already been stolen. Again, prominent stickers, advertising the fact that your vehicle is tracked can act as a deterrent. It can also aid with the apprehension of the thieves and recovery of your vehicle.
We hope that this article on security devise for motorhomes will help you to protect your pride and joy. If you have any questions about motorhome insurance then give us a call on 01604 946 796. One of our award-winning team will be pleased to help you.
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Published – 02/12/2022