Campervan ownership has risen steadily in Australia and is unlikely to fall any time soon. With more people making use of caravan parks, securing against theft is an essential part of owning one of these vehicles.

Security systems can help reduce the likelihood that you will become a victim of burglary. Nevertheless, obtaining the right insurance that meets your particular needs is still important.  While many people are quick to recognise the necessity of business insurance, protecting your assets such as motor vehicles is just as essential.

Majority of Australians have stayed at a caravan park

A 2013 KPMG report, The Impact of Demographic Change on the Future of the Caravan, Camping and Manufactured Housing/Manufactured Home Village Industry, states that Australia’s ageing population, combined with a traditional desire to go camping, has set up the industry to keep growing.

According to the report, 42 per cent of Australians had visited a camping ground, caravan or national park over the last two years. A further 85 per cent had visited one at least once over their lifetime.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported in its annual motor vehicle census that campervan ownership had risen 4.5 per cent between 2014 and 2015. With the growing popularity of caravan parks likely to continue, it is important that Australians are aware of how to reduce the chances of theft from their vehicle.

Reduce the impact of theft

The Caravan Industry Association of Australia stated that there are approximately 170,000 powered and unpowered sites available nightly in Australia. As caravans have an average occupancy rate of 54 per cent, an estimated 86,000 sites go unused every night across the country.

In light of this, it is imperative that campervan owners know how to secure their property from theft. Investing in security solutions such as monitoring alarms can help reduce the likelihood your vehicle will be broken into.

While wheel clamps and alarm systems can provide some solace, it is important that you have ensured your property is fiscally protected. Seeking specialist caravan insurance designed specifically for the industry can help reduce the financial burden created by burglary.