Motorhomes are expensive, and even with comprehensive insurance, you don’t want to go through the hassle of having it stolen.
So having strong security measures in place makes complete sense.
We’ve broken down our recommended security measures into three sections:
- How to prevent someone from breaking in to your motorhome
- How to prevent them from driving away with it
- How to find out where it is if they do
If the first set of measures fail, then you have section two to fall back on. If that fails, then you still have section three.
Obviously if somebody targets your motorhome there is no good scenario, but by following this guide you give yourself a good chance of a happy ending.
How to Prevent Someone from Breaking in to Your Motorhome
The most obvious suggestion is to make sure you keep your motorhome locked at all times.
And if you’re not currently using it – i.e. it’s sitting in the driveway at home – then you should invest in an additional padlock for the door and windows.
It’s also a good idea to fit your motorhome with an alarm, as this is highly likely to deter anyone who might try to break in. Depending on the value of the motorhome this may be an insurance requirement.
Alarms usually come with a sticker that you can put on one of your windows, or the door, to warn intruders before they even make an attempt.
Just make sure to remember the security code if you do fit an alarm – or you’ll end up setting it off yourself!
How to Prevent Someone from Stealing Your Motorhome
If the above fails, and an intruder has managed to break in, and intends to steal it, then there are a few more things that could stop them.
One is a wheel clamp which, as you can imagine, will lock a wheel in place so that it isn’t able to turn (and therefore move anywhere).
With a good wheel clamp, it is much harder for anybody to steal your motorhome. They’d have to remove it, which is no easy task.
Secondly, you might want to boost security with a steering wheel lock – which works in exactly the same way, but for your steering wheel.
If that isn’t enough, and you’re really concerned about security, then you can purchase a gear lock.
A gear lock, again, will lock the gear stick in place and prevent anyone from moving it without the key.
So if you implement all of these ideas – the wheels won’t turn, you can turn the steering wheel and you can’t put the motorhome into gear.
Without a lot of work that vehicle isn’t going anywhere.
How to Find a Stolen Motorhome
But if it does.
If the above safeguards have failed, or haven’t been implemented, all hope is not lost.
First of all, you obviously want to contact the police.
And you may be able to help them in their search if you have installed a tracking device on your motorhome. Again depending on vehicle value this may be a requirement of your insurance.
This will monitor exactly where the motorhome is at all times. So if thieves have driven off with it, the police will know where to find them.
They cost around £150-£250, which is a lot of money, but you want to make sure it is of the highest quality.
Especially if it gets you back your beloved motorhome.
Implement all these ideas and it’s less likely your motorhome will be stolen, never to be seen again.
But if you don’t want all the expense, then at least consider a couple of these ideas. Anything that minimises the risk of a break-in is well worth the money, in our opinion.