Police advise caravan owners over winter crime threat

Police say Smart Water has been effective in cutting crime in coastal regions.
Police say Smart Water has been effective in cutting crime in coastal regions.
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LINCOLNSHIRE Police are urging caravan owners on our coast to be aware of the security dangers which come with leaving vans empty for the winter.

As the cold weather sets in, many people move elsewhere for a few weeks or months and return to their caravans in the New Year. But Police say that there are unfortunately consequences of leaving valuable items behind.

A number of incidents of crime have already occurred further down the coast at Chapel St Leonards.

Static caravans have become a popular ‘home from home’ for many people in recent times, and the East Lindsey coastal resorts such as Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea in particular have large numbers of them.

Police advise caravan owners to take with them any valuable electrical items such as flat screen TVs and to leave curtains open so show that valuables have been removed. Also, Police are providing stickers which make clear this message for thieves.

A static caravan is an investment and should be protected in the same way as a main residency. Most new, modern caravans come fitted with sturdy window and door locks meaning they are not easy for thieves to gain entry to, but this does not mean break-ins are rare.

During the recent spate of burglaries further down the coast, intruder alarams have proven effective at scaring offenders away and alert the authorities of what is going on.

Choosing a caravan site is also worth some consideration, with security features and facilities important. Bear in mind that some sites are not open all year round though, and many close for a month or two during the winter months.

PC Andy Steeples, Lincolnshire Police’s Crime Reduction Officer for the coastal region, said: “If possible, look for sites that display the ‘Secure by Design’ logo, indicating that the site meets with stringent security standards and that measures such as closed circuit TV and private security patrols have been implemented.

“Consider the use of intelligent property marking systems such as Smartwater DNA which can link your holiday home to your main domestic residence. This can be another excellent deterrent measure as it is proven that thieves will avoid property marked with Smartwater.”