Caravan security advice issued by Newry PSNI

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Friday, July 26th, 2013
With the holiday season upon us and people making more use of their caravans, local Crime Prevention Officers are advising anyone who owns or uses a caravan to take steps to protect their property and valuables.

Paula Crowe, Crime Prevention Officer for Armagh and Newry, said, “Caravans may be more vulnerable than houses but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your property secure.

“Many people are making the most of their caravans with the recent spell of good weather and when they do, they may take equipment like televisions, and games consoles with them.

“Caravan owners should take a few practical crime prevention steps to reduce your chances of being a victim of crime.”

LOCK UP. Always close doors, windows and any skylights whenever you leave your caravan even if its only for a short time. Always lock your caravan and take the keys with you.

DON’T LEAVE ANYTHING VALUABLE ON DISPLAY. Take all your valuables with you when you leave the caravan or at least put them away from sight.

LEAVE YOUR CURTAINS OPEN. Possible intruders can see there are no valuables lying about. Site security can also check out your caravan easily. Even open cupboard doors at the end of the season can help deter a thief.

USE AN ALARM. Have a reliable alarm fitted and turn it on when you leave your caravan .

USE SECURITY MARKINGS. Where possible, valuable items such as laptops and televisions should be marked with your postcode and house number using a UV marker. This helps police identify the owner of the recovered property.

IF YOU HAVE A SHED BESIDE YOUR CARAVAN. Keep your shed in good condition and fit a good close shackle padlock to the door. Valuables inside should also be marked with your postcode.

Think about chaining larger items such as bicycles together when they are not being used- it is much more difficult for a thief to carry away lots of large heavy items.

GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS. Keep an eye on each others caravans when they are vacant. Don’t be afraid to report anything suspicious to the site manager or the PSNI immediately.

If you notice anything untoward in your caravan park, note down any important details such as a description or vehicle registration and contact police immediately on 999. Officers will follow up on your call and your prompt information could prevent a crime from occurring.

Anyone who would like further crime prevention advice on this or any other subject can contact their local crime prevention officer on 0845 600 8000.

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