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Billy Spence (Police, Support, PCSO, NC53 Mablethorpe, Mablethorpe Station.)
Don't leave it. Don't hide it. Remove it!
Static Caravans are very popular, providing the ‘home from home’ feel at an affordable price, and the East Lincolnshire coastal resorts contain one of the largest concentrations of static caravans in Europe.
If you own a caravan on the coast, or are considering purchasing one, there are some important security questions to consider and a few tips you should follow in order to make the day to day security of your pride and joy as effective as possible.
With LCD TVs and other expensive electrical equipment being a standard feature in your static caravan, their security during your periods of absence should be paramount
Removing all valuable portable property from your caravan when it is unoccupied reduces the opportunity for thieves and this means removing it completely from the site and taking it home rather than storing it in sheds adjacent to the caravan. It is better to leave curtains open so criminals can clearly see that there are no valuables to steal and Lincolnshire Police provide stickers for display in the window reinforcing the message that all items of worth have been removed.
A static caravan is a major investment and should be protected as you would protect your main residence. Most new, modern mobile homes come equipped with the kind of window and door locks that you will find on residential properties, but these can only be effective if they are used.
Having an intruder alarm fitted will hopefully dissuade theft attempts and ensure that if a break-in does occur, the proper authorities are alerted and scenes of crime officers can attend before important forensic evidence is lost. There are many different alarms available with different levels of protection, and it is usually the amount you are willing to pay that dictates the alarm system you choose.
Mablethorpe Community Patrol Team are urging members of the public to be vigilant and to ensure they maintain appropriate security following a spate of burglaries from Caravans in the Mablethorpe, Sutton-on-sea, Trusthorpe and Salfleet areas. Offenders tend to choose caravans with a lot of natural coverage and easy escape routes through the caravan sites.
If you see anything suspicious or have any information regarding this type of crime, please contact the Mablethorpe Community Patrol Team on 101.
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