Holiday security top tips

Yale securityYale’s security experts have come up with some top tips for caravan owners to help keep their valuables safe and secure.

1. Be alarmed! – Many people invest in home security alarms, but it is just as important to alarm your caravan, whether it’s on your drive or on a site. By using a portable, self-contained alarm you can quickly and easily protect your caravan and its contents.

Yale’s affordable battery-powered portable alarms are ideal for protecting caravans and motorhomes. More flexible than a fully wired alarm system, the range includes two self-contained units that can be used anywhere – a PIR motion sensor, or a door contact all of which come with built-in siren and keypad. Remember, it’s a good idea if you’ve got an alarm to use a visible sticker to say that one is fitted.

2. Keep it safe – Caravans and motorhomes are an attractive proposition to thieves, as they are often left unattended while you enjoy the sights during the day and the social scene at night. That’s why Yale has introduced a handy new portable Travel Safe that can be easily attached to any fixed objects in your caravan to keep your belongings safe.

The slimline safe is large enough to hold your spending money, jewellery and small electrical goods, yet it is compact enough to take out and about. It comes with a steel cable, which can be securely locked around a wardrobe rail, parasol or even a restaurant table.

3. Keep it locked – If you’re travelling with bikes or outdoor equipment, using a secure padlock and chain will keep your bikes safe and deter opportunist thieves. Yale offers a range of bike locks that can be opened with keys or a combination code. The range also includes a Ushaped lock, which provides protection against saws and bolt cutters, and includes a unique cover cap that prevents the lock from rusting – ideal for the British summer!

Protect your personal property with the new range of alarmed locks from Yale, which can be used to secure anything from laptops and luggage to mountain bikes and motorcycles. Available in Mini, Standard and Maxi sizes, the new locks combine a cable lock with a tamper alarm, which is triggered if the cable is cut or the lock case is attacked.

4. Mark your valuables – It is important to mark your valuables with an indelible ink or ultra-violet security marker. It is also worth keeping an up-to-date list of serial numbers of all the high value items in your caravan or motorhome. These two simple actions can help police identify your property and make it easier to prove ownership in court.

5. Make a saving – When looking for caravan insurance, shop around, as many companies will offer discounts for security measures such as intruder alarms, hitch locks and wheel clamps, as well as for using insurance approved security products.

All security products recommended are available in many large retailers and hardware stores, or through your
local locksmith. For more information call 0845 223 2126 or to buy online visit