time to check caravan or trailer tent security
blueprint for keeping safe and warding off crooks during school holidays
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QUEENSLAND police have issued a blueprint
to help caravanners keep safe and for warding off crooks during the
upcoming school holidays.
They say now is the ideal time to check on how good your caravan or
trailer tent security is.
"Imagine having a well deserved holiday interrupted by a theft that could
be preventable," Mackay's Sergeant Nigel Dalton said.
"As with home security and any other vehicle security, some basic crime
prevention tips are available to keep your caravan holiday incident free."
As COVID-19 restrictions eased, many would be looking at holiday ideas.
"Some will be dusting off the caravan or camper trailer and getting ready
to hit the road," he said.
"With the school holiday just around the corner, what a great way to have
a family holiday. "I think we can all remember those awesome caravan and
camping holidays when we were younger."
Sgt Dalton suggested the following ideas to help make it a memorable
holiday for all the right reasons:
This is an ideal time to check on how good you caravan or trailer tent
security is, imagine having a well deserved holiday interrupted by a theft
that could be preventable.
As with home security and any other vehicle security, some basic crime
prevention tips are available to keep your caravan holiday incident free:
* Choose a well-lit part of the 'van
park. A thief doesn’t like being lit up!
* Remove temptation – never leave
valuables visible – consider a security box or safe.
* Close the curtains so that interior of
the caravan is not as visible.
* Install a light which switches on
automatically – consider installing sensor lights on the exterior of your
caravan or trailer.
* Lock windows
and doors and don't leave a spare key outside,
under the mat or in the BBQ. A thief will
look there too.
* Mark or engrave all your property with
the Queensland Police Service ID code to reduce
the value to thieves.
* Photograph property that can't be
engraved (jewellery etc).
* Record details of serial numbers.
* Remember your possessions are as
attractive while on holiday as they are when you are at home or at work.
Some other tips for safe towing:
* Before every journey, check all lights
on your vehicle and the van/caravan you are towing
* Check your trailer or caravan is
registered before you take it on the road.
* A driver should always drive to the
conditions, if you choose to drive at a reduced speed lower than that
allowed on that section of road while towing you must be aware of other
vehicles, on that section of road that may be capable of driving faster,
but still maintaining safety. Therefore, if you see multiple vehicles
following your vehicle you must allow these vehicles to pass, so pull
over, when safe to do so and allow them to continue at a higher speed. If
you don’t a investigation could show that you are travelling
"without due care and
* The driver of any vehicle must have
good clear vision in all directions, so if the trailer/van you are towing
restricts the view behind while using the wing mirrors because of the
width of the caravan or trailer, extension mirrors should be fitted.
Remember, these extension mirrors need to be removed when not towing as it
makes the vehicle defective due to its overall width.
* Check tyres regularly. If you are
unsure of the correct pressure seek expert advice.
* The way a caravan or trailer is loaded
is very important along with ball height compared to the trailer coupling
height. When towing a caravan please seek expert advice before setting
Sgt Dalton said police would be "very visible" on the roads, especially
during the school holiday.
"They are there so we can all get to our destinations safely," he
It is anticipated that there will be more traffic on the road so please
take care on the road towing or not.
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