● Motorhome owners are being urged to remain vigilant after a surge in thefts
● UK Campsite lists more than 200 reported stolen motorhomes and caravans
● Several police forces have issued warnings about the worrying trend
● Simple steps can deter thieves and provide peace of mind
● Wide-ranging blog from insurance broker Sterling offers great safety advice
Motorhome owners are being urged to remain vigilant and step up their security after a surge in thefts.
With dealers reporting an increase in sales as families continue to embrace staycations throughout the coronavirus pandemic, thieves have more opportunities than ever to steal or break into vehicles.
While facts and figures are hard to find thanks to how incidents are recorded and categorised, several police forces have issued warnings on the topic. UK Campsite has a list of more than 200 motorhomes and caravans that have been reported as stolen as the worrying trend continues.
“There’s clearly a growing and concerning problem around thieves targeting motorhomes,” said Andy Morton, a manager at Sterling - an insurance broker that specialises in motorhome cover.
“It’s more important than ever before to ensure your motorhome is as safe as it can be, whether it’s on your drive or at a holiday site. Taking some simple steps to improve the security of your motorhome will deter thieves and provide peace of mind at the same time.” Mr Morton lists checking your locks, investing in a clutch claw and purchasing a gearbox lock as ways to help keep your motorhome safe in a wide-ranging blog that offers other great advice on the matter.
It is estimated that more than 225,000 people now own motorhomes with 71% of June 2020 purchases, as the UK came out of the first lockdown, coming from first-time buyers. More than two million people take holidays in motorhomes and caravans every year with that figure expected to rise during 2021 and beyond.