TRACKER Warns Caravan Thefts Are Made Easier During The Summer

TRACKER, the stolen vehicle recovery expert, has issued a warning to caravan owners that thieves are becoming more determined to steal caravans, breaking some of the most secure anti theft devices currently available. Stolen caravans are also easier to move, due to the number of caravans on the road during the summer months.

Police liaison officer for TRACKER, Stuart chapman, has said: "This is the time of year that caravan thefts start to reach their peak and worryingly we are seeing examples where single-minded thieves are removing industry recognised anti theft locks from caravans."

Stuart's comments come after the recovery of a reported stolen caravan in Newcastle earlier this week, which was recovered in Essex, 300 miles away the following morning.

TRACKER's very high frequency (VHF) tracking system was fitted to the caravan, enabling officers to locate and recover it. With the system, a stolen vehicle can be tracked even if it is hidden in a shipping container or parked underground.

The caravan was stolen from a storage site near to the owner's home. The TRACKER system's movement sensor was triggered, alerting Mr Clifton to the theft. Once he had reported the theft, the police confirmed to TRACKER that the caravan was stolen, and TRACKER activated the tracking system.

Mr Clifton says: "Having a TRACKER device fitted to your caravan is essential. I strongly suspect we would never have seen our 'van again if it didn't have this type of security installed. Having had the caravan for 4 years, it's home from home for us, and TRACKER acted quickly to trace it's location and worked seamlessly with the police to secure it's return."

Adds Stuart Chapman: "Having a tracking device fitted offers caravan owners a very good chance of their stolen 'van being recovered, even if it has travelled some considerable distance. Caravans are now attracting organised gangs of criminals who target the make and model they want, stealing to order. Whilst the caravan will probably be insured and eventually replaced, a theft at this time of year is likely to ruin holiday plans. Installing a vehicle tracking device will not only avoid inconvenience but could save considerable heartache."

7 May 2011 Staff

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