Australia has one of the highest rates of vehicle theft in the western world, with almost 100,000 vehicles stolen each year and an estimated 500 caravans stolen last year, according to the Caravan Industry Association of Australia.
"Thieves are opportunistic," RACV general manager insurance Paul Northey said. "It is important that caravan owners be careful to lock up and secure their caravan and contents, whether they are at home or on the road.
"Caravanning is a wonderful pastime and leisure activity but owners must follow simple rules when towing, choosing a place to park and even when storing their caravan at home.
Caravan Industry Association of Australia chief executive Stuart Lamont said travellers needed to be just as security conscious on the road as they would be in their own home. "So regardless of where you camp, take additional measures to avoid becoming the target of an opportunistic thief," he said.
* As reported in Caravan Wo