Thefts set to surge amidst rising prices

Stolen vehicle experts Tracker Network has warned that a shortage of stock and increasing prices could see thefts of used caravans rising exponentially.

The average price of second hand caravans has risen by £500-£700 since the start of the year, and these increases are expected to continue through the year.

Clive Wain, Head of police liaison at Tracker said: “Demand for UK staycations and lack of overall supply inevitably means the average caravan price is set to increase throughout the year. Whilst caravans have always been a popular target for thieves, the demand has created a knock-on effect with the availability and price of parts for second-hand caravans, creating an opportunity for criminals.

“We have seen so many cases where professional criminals have been able to quickly cut through barriers, locks and other physical deterrents in order to get to a caravan. Physical deterrents such as secure storage facilities, hitch locks, wheel clamps, alarm systems and deadbolts will reduce the chance of theft, but only a tracking device will improve the chances of recovery if criminals get past these barriers.”