How many caravans are stolen in the UK?

A huge 1,625 caravans were stolen across the UK over the last three years, according to our analysis. 

We asked all UK police constabularies for data on ‘theft of caravan’ offenses between 2020-2022. A total of 30 responded to our freedom of information request. 

Additionally, we discovered that caravan theft is on the rise, increasing every year. During the period, caravan theft increased by 9%. 

Year

Number of caravan thefts recorded

2020

522

2021

535

2022

568

 

How much does caravan theft cost? 

Our recent research shows that the typical cost of a touring caravan is £17,590. Caravan theft therefore costs £9,527,916 on average every year – a significant problem. 

When are caravans most likely to be stolen? 

Caravans are most likely to be stolen towards the end of the summer season. August and September are the most prevalent months for caravan theft, with an average of 163 and 157 thefts over the three-year period, respectively.  

December, meanwhile, was found to be the safest month for caravan theft, with an average of 93 thefts recorded.  

Month

Number of caravan thefts recorded

January

102

February

140

March

159

April

123

May

130

June

144

July

137

August

163

September

157

October

136

November

141

December

93

 

Where are the UK’s caravan theft hotspots? 

To discover which areas of the UK are the hotspots for caravan theft, we have broken down the data per police constabulary.  

We found that the area covered by the London Metropolitan Police was the most prolific for thefts of caravans, with 190 reported incidents between 2020-2022. However, caravan theft in London was found to have decreased by 17% during the period. 

Devon and Cornwall and Dorset were the safest areas with just eight reported caravan thefts in total.  

Police constabulary

Number of caravan thefts recorded 2020-2022

London Metropolitan

190

West Mercia

171

Leicestershire

118

Warwickshire

117

South Yorkshire

100

Kent

97

West Yorkshire

90

Merseyside

85

Cambridgeshire

78

Hertfordshire

70

North Yorkshire

64

Nottinghamshire

60

Avon and Somerset

51

Essex

49

Northamptonshire

48

Bedfordshire

45

West Midlands

33

Gwent

30

Cumbria

29

North Wales

22

Gloucestershire

16

Lincolnshire

13

Surrey

10

Derbyshire

8

Lancashire

7

Sussex

6

Cleveland

5

Northern Ireland

5

Dorset

4

Devon and Cornwall

4

 

There are many ways to improve your caravan’s security during any month of the year – take a look at our guide to caravan security here. 

And of course don’t forget insurance to cover you should the worst happen. Our specialist caravan insurance covers your caravan up to the value of £75,000 (for tourers) and £175,000 for statics. You can also choose to include additional cover to protect your contents and awnings. 

Coupled with our very own Ripe Guarantee, our policies ensure you won’t find the same level of cover for a better price anywhere else on the market.  

Learn more about our specialist caravan insurance and get a quote today. 

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