Caravan security campaign launch

Skegness Standard reports: Caravan security is the focus of a new campaign being launched by police on the east coast.

There are estimated to be around 200,000 caravans on the east coast which is the largest concentration in Europe. The campaign is intended to raise awareness among caravan owners about keeping their vehicle secure, particularly when they are not being used.

It is being spearheaded by the Ingoldmells, Chapel St Leonards and Hogsthorpe neighbourhood policing team which has a dedicated caravan liason officer PCSO Chris Wood.

PCSO Wood said: “We need to get across to all caravan owners that they need to get more security savvy and wise up to the fact that leaving property in caravans and sheds, particularly during the closed season is foolish.

“We also want people to be aware that leaving their caravan doors and windows ajar during the summer is leaving their property wide open to being stolen.” He said there are more break-ins during the closed period from November to March.

There have been a number of incidents of sneak-in burglaries recently where thieves have taken advantage of unlocked doors and windows.

The campaign will include posters and leaflets with security advice on them, and police are also working with the already established caravan watch scheme which shares information about suspicious behaviour or incidents between sites.

Insp Steve Hill said: “We need everyone who owns a caravan, or people coming here to holiday in a caravan to be aware their property is a potential target. “If people take care with their belongings, they’ll be able to take them home. If not, someone else will.”

* For information or for sites wishing to join caravan watch contact PCSO Wood, tel 07939 984116, Ingoldmells Police Station, tel 01754 614296, or Skegness Police Station, tel 01754 762222