Wider caravans in UK opens doors to criminals

AUGUST 2011

Wider caravans in UK opens doors to criminals
Following warnings from AVCIS, the NCC is advising buyers of larger, imported caravans to be extra vigilant. When British law changed to allow wider caravans here, demand for European-style vehicles increased, opening a new market for thieves. AVCIS warns that gangs in Europe are stealing desired caravans, destroying the VIN (vehicle identification number) and importing them into the UK to sell on to unsuspecting holidaymakers. The NCC therefore recommends buyers make investigations into the provenance of the vehicle before purchase e.g. by asking the seller for identification and proof of address.

Reminder: don't leave possessions in caravans
Theft of caravans is dropping, but reports of items stolen from inside caravans is increasing. It is therefore really important never to leave valuables (credit cards, laptops, MP3s, TVs etc) where they are visible and, where possible, to remove them from the vehicle.