Christmas is one of those times of year when emotions run high and, amongst all the joy and cheer, people do sometimes do stupid things. We see a real increase in vandalism and theft during the winter months; whether that’s because of dwindling incomes or simply opportunists it’s unclear. However, if you’re going away at Christmas and leaving your motorhome exposed, there are a few simple things you can do to protect yourself from theft or damages.
Get Your Covers Up
An opportunist thief will be taken in by something they see and will make a split second decision to break in. If you stop opportunists seeing anything by ensuring you cover up you motorhome then it makes a break-in much less appealing. A simple, cheap motorhome cover provides a surprisingly effective barrier against thieves.
Keep your motorhome interior free from valuables at all times. Don’t be tempted to leave the iPod in the docking station or your expensive camera in the glovebox. Equally, a steering lock can prevent the worst: a thief breaking in and stealing your entire vehicle. Most motorhomes have some sort of anti-theft mechanisms built in, so make sure you’re using these too.
Alarm, Camera, Action
Finally, if your motorhome is parked on your drive, make sure it is alarmed and, if you’re in an area which is particularly susceptible to theft, consider a CCTV camera. It will almost certainly deter any thief from even attempting a break in. If you’re unhappy about using real cameras, a fake camera can be very effective at doing the same job.
Unfortunately, you do need to be a little more cautious about what risks you take at Christmas. You may find, however, that properly securing your motorhome can save your money on your motorhome insurance, so it’s well worth the time in the long run.