Archive for July, 2014

Which Hitch Lock?

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Recent statistics show that over 5,000 caravans are stolen every year with very few ever being recovered. Here at the Caravan Accessory Shop we offer a wide range of Security products to suit all of your needs and budgets, however we are aware that when it comes to choosing which security to go for things can become a little bit of a mindfield: “What is the difference between a £30 lock and a £70 lock?”. This is a question we are regularly asked.

When choosing a Hitch Lock there are four main considerations:

1. Will it fit my hitch?
2. How secure is it?
3. How long does it take to fit?
4. How much does it cost?

Hitch Lock What will it fit? Security Rating Speed to fit? Price
Saracen AL-KO AK130, AK160, AKS1300, AKS2004 & AKS3004 stabiliser hitches Insurance Approved Quick £55.00
Saracen Gullwing AL-KO AKS2004 & AKS3004 stabiliser hitches Thatcham category 3 Quickest £79.95
Milenco Super Heavy Duty 3004 AL-KO, AKS1300, AKS2004, AKS3004 & AK10 stabiliser hitches Sold Secure Gold Quick £69.99
Saracen Winterhoff Winterhoff WS2000 stabiliser hitches Insurance Approved Quick £69.99
Saracen Avonride Knott Avonride trailer hitches Insurance Approved Quick £79.99

The recognizable names in Caravan security are Sold Secure and Thatcham Quality Assurance, so when looking for your caravan security if the box has their seal of approval then rest assured they have undergone rigorous tests to ensure they are able to withstand a variety of theft attempts.

Sold secure approves locking systems by testing the locks using the tools that a typical thief would carry. There are 3 levels of security:
Silver – The Silver level offers basic security, a cost effective product for the occasions when a caravan is stored in a good location.

Gold – Ideal when a higher level of security is needed.

Diamond – The highest of all and offers maximum protection

The Fullstop Saracen Gullwing Hitch Lock is Thatcham approved and has therefore undergone rigorous tests:
• Capable of withstanding a 120 second attack using power tools
• Capable of withstanding a 300 second attack using hand tools
• Minimum of 1000 lock code combinations
• Resistant to advanced cutting and torque tests