There are a number of things you can do to prevent your valuable items being stolen. Although you can minimise the chances of your bicycle, motorbike, trailer or other item being stolen, a professional thief with the right equipment and time to use it will usually be successful. The trick is to make it a lot of hassle, and easier for him to go elsewhere.
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It might seem expensive to purchase security for your vehicles, motorbikes, bicycles, trailers and so on. But imagine the costs to you if it were stolen? There is the cost of increased insurance premiums. There is the cost of losing your no claims bonus. Some off-road vehicles and other items are difficult to insure - so you'd have to replace it out of your own pocket if it were stolen.
There's also the hassle of having to replace your pride and joy.
There is also the emotional aspect of losing something you value.
Some insurers already offer discounts for use of Sold Secure and other types of security product. This can save you money towards the cost of your security.
Police guidance is that you should aim to spend 10-20% of the value of your item on security.
Theft of caravans is a big and growing problem in the UK. The Torc Ground Anchor is Sold Secure Gold approved for caravans as well as in all other test categories.
We would recommend that you use the best possible lock and chain in conjunction with a Torc Ground Anchor to deter caravan thieves. The easy installation of the Torc Ground Anchor is a bonus and the heaviness of the Protector 16mm and 19mm chains and the large Squire padlocks is not much of an issue in relation to caravans so you can enjoy good security relatively easily. Again, make sure that you put the chain through the chassis of the caravan.
The Caravan Club offers advice and services to caravan users. (Note: some content is restricted to club members only.)
Calor offer more general caravan security advice.