Coupling Locks & Wheel Clamp Devices
Invest in a security or locking device, such as a coupling lock or wheel clamp. There are a number of devices on the market that suit different types of situations.
A good Hitchlock will be a deterrent to thieves from opportunistic road side stops. A Hitchlock is designed to lock the caravan to the car as an integral unit. Choose a Hitchlock where the securing bolts are completely covered. If the Hitchlock bolts are exposed, it would be a cakewalk for an expert thief to unbolt the lock and fit his own in place. Remember, of course, that Hitch bolts should not be used while in transit in interest of safety.Cons:-
a Hitchlock can only be of value if you use it every time you walk away from your rig. This is often impractical when the time to attach the hitch might take longer than the time you expect to leave your rig unattended; and idle forgetfulness can render you completely exposed to the risk of theft.
A wheel clamp of some description is essential whilst the caravan is in storage and most touring caravan insurance companies insist that some form of wheel clamping is used to comply with the exclusions in the policy.
Wheel clamps simply clamp the wheels of your RV and prevent it from being driven away. There are many models of wheel clamps. Some are made of hardened steel and fit up to 290 mm size of tyres. Many come with a 25 year guarantee and are designed to fit all wheels so your initial investment may be used for any future vans or RVs that you buy in the future.
Locking Wheel Nuts
Locking wheel nuts won’t stop your vehicle from being stolen but they do a great job in protecting your wheels from being removed. These bolts are a great investment if you have a new and desirable set of alloy wheels fitted to your vehicle, van or trailer, but can equally protect your tyres which are particularly expensive nowadays.
Locking Bolts are a simple idea – you replace one retaining nut on each of your 4 wheels with a locking one, which then requires a special adaptor to be placed over the top of the nut
to allow it to be released, meaning that wheels cannot be removed without this adaptor.
You’ll need to keep the adaptor in your vehicle in a secure place that thieves cannot easily find but in a place where you can locate it quickly in the event you have a flat and need to remove the wheel.Cons:-
Quality of the nuts = ease of theft. Some organized criminals make master copies of the adaptors so pay a little more for a more complicated design with a number of combinations.
GPS Alarms, Immobilisers & Tracking
Unlike traditional noise alert alarms, modern security alarm systems can now provide real time information about the location of a RV or camper van and also notifies the owner whenever the vehicle moves out of an allotted area (geofence). A Geofence is an imaginary area which could be as small as a circle of 50 metre radius. If your vehicle fitted with such a GPS alarm system, leaves or enters this area, you would be notified via your mobile phone.
These systems can also allow you to check up on the location of your vehicle/van. By activating the unit from your end, these system can give you an SMS advising the longitude and latitude. If your mobile phone is 3G enabled, you can access a road map showing precisely where the vehicle is located. You can also see this via the internet in the same manner as you can see your home on your computer screen. You can also, via your mobile phone perform some functions like locking or unlocking of doors, setting off the horn or immobilizing the engine.
Another GPS alarm invention utilises a wireless passive infrared sensor that is used besides a smoke detector and an impact sensor. The sensors operate on 12 volts and send alarm signals over radio frequency to the alarm unit. The system is capable of attaching a GPS tracking unit to it and the GPS can send an SMS to your mobile phone.
When you choose a tracking system, get all details about a police-allocated unique reference number and the methodology of alerting police about theft of your vehicle.Note:-
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Security with EOTrackMe
Whilst, the EOTrackMe
system is not an alarm, it is an online tracking system that you can utilise in the same manner to track and locate your vehicle anytime it moves out of your nominated geofence provided the GPS tracking device that you have registered to the EOTrackMe
service is located within the vehicle or van. ExplorOz Members may register additional devices to the service upon request. So, since you might register and use an iPhone to enable your family/friends to follow your travels using your ExplorOz Member profile, the reality is that you would most likely not leave this device in the vehicle when you leave it unattended (eg. going out to dinner, day trips etc). The ideal situation is to also have another device that is also registered to EOTrackMe
that you don’t need for any other purpose so it can be left hidden in your vehicle in the case of theft. You could therefore, have a second iPhone, a Spot
, or any other non-specific GPS enabled device for this purpose.
David Martin, from I.T. Beyond Pty Ltd, is the developer of all ExplorOz software and associated applications such as EOTrackMe
. He has been purchasing and testing various small inconspicuous devices but has not made one commercially available. There is no reason that anyone interested in using the EOTrackMe
service in this way could not register a device of their own choosing and use it in the manner described.
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