Here is a very brief guide to the basic principles of motorhome security.
Two different generic areas to consider
Broadly speaking, security considerations break down into two separate categories:
- systems designed to help reduce the chances of your motorhome being stolen;
- those that are aimed at helping to reduce unauthorised entry and the subsequent theft of the contents, fixtures or fittings of your vehicle.
Reducing the risks of vehicle theft
Typically, your motorhome will come with some forms of inherent security built in.
The first and most obvious of those is usually whatever system the manufacturer uses in order to stop unauthorised ignition of the engine. Even today, that remains largely through keys but there are also increasing numbers of electronic security systems in place requiring some form of contact technology or a PIN number to be inserted.
Motorhomes often come with professional-quality steering locks and other forms of immobiliser.
Even so, thieves are unfortunately sometimes innovative and may be able to work around some of these proprietary security systems. That’s why it might be worth considering additional purchases for things such as:
- additional steering locks and security;
- wheel clamps;
- movement and other alarms;
- professional quality anti-entry locks on things such as all doors, windows and even skylights (crooks have been known to use very small children to gain entrance to vehicles and properties through tiny openings).
Your basic objective here is to stop unauthorised parties gaining entrance to your motorhome.
A secondary objective is that of making it too difficult or too risky for burglars to steal the contents.
Your motorhome may come with good quality security locks on its doors and windows but these can sometimes be enhanced and upgraded or supplemented for a relatively modest additional cost.
You may be able to consider other measures:
- security marking some of your more valuable internal fixtures and fittings. It may not stop them being stolen but it will mean that you can identify them, should they ever be picked up by the authorities;
- it’s always sensible not to leave valuable possessions in your motorhome when you are away from it. However, in situations where you must, it might be sensible to purchase a strong internal security safe which can be bolted securely into the vehicle;
- fitting alarms can also prove to be a powerful disincentive to many of the more opportunistic burglars;
- today it’s also possible to get high-quality and hidden video systems which can film intruders and notify you directly to your phone including even, in some cases, streaming video live to you. Again, this might not physically stop their entry but it may be a major disincentive and could also prove to be useful evidence for eventual prosecutions.
There are two security-related things to consider in the realm of motorhome insurance and funding security upgrades:
- some policies may actually require you to take certain specific security steps by way of protecting your vehicle from total theft or its contents likewise. An example might be limitations about where you leave your motorhome unattended. It’s advisable to read your policy carefully to make sure you comply with all its conditions, including those in the area of minimum security requirements;
- more positively, some policies might actually offer discounts if you take certain security measures. That might go some way towards offsetting part of any costs involved in upgrading your protection.
All these points are worth thinking about and we’d be pleased to discuss them further with you.