Guide to secure caravan storage
Each year there are between 600 - 1,200 touring caravan thefts. In the current economic climate, this figure is set to increase significantly. Home caravan storage may be the preferred option, but the deeds to your property may actually prohibit such storage. If you do store at home, when your caravan isn’t there you may be advertising you are on holiday and that your house is empty. From our experience approximately 48% of caravan thefts occur from the home address.
Nowadays, fewer people have room on their driveway, so you may need to consider storing your caravan elsewhere, in either an urban or rural location e.g. at a central base near a motorway or perhaps your favourite holiday resort (to save towing long distances in holiday traffic). Do you want your leisure vehicle in open air caravan storage, in a sheltered location? Or undercover caravan storage for protection against the elements? Simply opting for a local business premises or a farm may not necessarily be the best option. A high % of caravan thefts (both theft of and from the caravan) are committed from insecure caravan storage sites, usually by organised caravan thieves.
At Shield Total Insurance we suggest that you opt for a professional, secure caravan storage facility e.g. an accredited member of the Caravan Storage Site Owners’ Association (CASSOA) www.cassoa.co.uk. This nationally recognised body was formed over 10 years ago in response to growing concerns about the large number of thefts and acts of vandalism occurring at touring caravan storage sites across the UK. CaSSOA provides a register of safe and secure caravan storage sites which have been inspected to ensure compliance to guaranteed minimum security standards. By promoting best practice, the caravan owner has the reassurance that reasonable steps have been taken to protect their stored caravan. There is a tiered award system of Bronze, Silver and Gold, with Gold award providing the best in caravan storage. To reflect the high standards of security of such secure storage sites, Shield offer caravan insurance customers a premium discount of 15% for Silver award sites and up to 25% discount for Gold award CaSSOA sites.
Whatever secure caravan storage facility you choose, the monthly, seasonal or annual storage site fee charged will be determined by its location, the level of security provided and the availability of secure storage in the particular area. The actual security design of the site may be influenced by planning authority conditions e.g. how the storage area is screened by use of trees or shrubs; how the caravans are arranged; through to things like opening hours.