Safeguard UK

Safeguard UK

February 07, 2010 19:00 ET

Safeguard Welcomes News of Conviction of Traveller Gang

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 7, 2010) - Following the news that a gang of travellers have been convicted of stealing Pounds Sterling 700,000 worth of caravans, Safeguard has issued further warnings to owners to remain vigilant.

Safeguard, one of the UK's leading providers of motorhome and caravan insurance is advising all drivers to remain cautious of both opportunistic and organised caravan thefts, following news of the conviction of a gang thought to be responsible for half of all caravan thefts in the UK.

Rita Sadler, Safeguard manager said: "We are very pleased to hear that this group of caravan thieves has finally been stopped. Despite the good news, caravan owners still need to be wary of the risks and take appropriate measures to ensure the security of their property.

"Organised crime rings often target larger, luxury models on a 'stolen to order' basis. We find that the vehicles are at their most vulnerable when left unattended and unsecured, for example in driveways whilst owners are loading their caravans and also at motorway service stations as can be seen in the case of the Ward-McDonagh family.

"Caravan thieves are using more sophisticated methods to get away with their crimes. Locks and alarms are no longer a security guarantee; however there are various measures caravanners can take to ensure the safekeeping of their vehicle. Specially designed tracking devices and mechanical devices such as wheel clamps can greatly reduce the risk of theft. As well as deterring thieves, security conscious caravan owners are likely to receive discounts on their insurance premiums."

Safeguard recommends the following security measures to protect your caravan from theft:

- Remove any valuable items visible in your caravan or motorhome

- Ensure that your caravan or motorhome is kept in a secure storage site approved by the Caravan Storage Site Owners Association (CaSSOA) or on your driveway with a locking gate or drive post

- Install approved alarms and electronic tracking devices

- Lock down the rear corner steadies of touring caravans to prevent the front of the unit from being lifted onto a thief's vehicle with a good quality hitchlock

- Wheel clamps are the minimum insurance requirement and should be used whenever the caravan is unattended

- Give your caravan audible security

About Safeguard Insurance

- Safeguard offers customers up to Pounds Sterling 1,000 (i) alternative accommodation costs, personal effects cover up to Pounds Sterling 3,000 (i) and up to 30% (i) discount for approved security devices ((i)Terms and conditions apply).

- Safeguard is the specialist Caravan and Motorhome division of Swinton Group Limited

- Safeguard has over 25 years specialist insurance experience and was recently voted 'Insurer of the Year' by one of the most popular motorhome magazines

- With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the largest high street insurance retailer

- Safeguard has an award winning website www.safeguarduk.co.uk

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