Theft Case Study: Stolen Coachman Wanderer Caravan
When it comes to vehicle theft nothing is safe from becoming a target. As mentioned previously in some of our other blogs, as the weather improves there is an increased number of caravans and motorhomes on roads but even the storage centres where they are stored for winter can be a target.
In late January this was the case for one of our customers who had their Coachman Wanderer stolen from the storage site where it was located.
Global Telemetrics’ dedicated control centre received an alert in the evening that the vehicle was moving, however, it wasn’t until the next morning that the customer was able to confirm with the storage centre that it had indeed been stolen. With all thefts, before deploying our Repatriations Team we wait for a crime reference number from the police.
In the event of a theft of an asset the following process will occur:
- Customer will report their vehicle stolen on our dedicated theft line / Global Telemetrics will ring the customer to make them aware of one of the alerts that our system generates (Vehicle moving without ignition, Battery disconnected, Driver Detection not present)
- If not already obtained, customer will be advised to ring the police and obtain a crime reference number
- Global Telemetrics work with our agents who work alongside the police to secure your asset. Upon a receipt of crime reference number, agents will attend the location of your vehicle
- As a safety precaution, upon notifying Global Telemetrics of a theft all access to our apps is temporarily disabled. We will keep the owner informed of any updates so they can rest assured everything is in hand. Global Telemetrics will not provide customers with an exact location of the asset to avoid customers endangering themselves
- When the vehicle is secured, Global Telemetrics will call the customer to confirm that the vehicle is safe
- The police will arrange with the customer collection of the vehicle either from its location or after recovery and forensic examination
Once we had the crime reference number our repatriations team were able to spring into action, armed with the location they were able to liaise with the police.
In this theft a ‘stooge’ driver had taken a vehicle to the storage centre and towed the caravan away. When we had confirmation that the caravan had been stolen our tracker was able to locate the vehicle driving down the M1. Our Repatriations Team were able to liaise with the police and pass this information over and a vehicle was sent to intercept.
Within 25 minutes of the Coachman being confirmed stolen, the police had pulled over the ‘stooge’ vehicle and caravan, leading to one arrest and one very happy caravan owner. This theft just goes to show that you cannot always take vehicle safety for granted.
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This February, Global Telemetrics recovered £2.5m worth of vehicles. This is £500k more than February of 2022, and £800k more than February of 2021, highlighting the continuing rising trend in vehicle theft across the UK.
We remain on course to hit our projected recovery total of over £40m worth of vehicles by year-end 2023, compared with £38.6m worth of vehicles recovered in 2022.
Staycations are becoming ever-popular, and with spring around the corner, motorhomes and caravans across the country will soon be out on the roads again. Whilst these home-from-homes continue to gain demand, it will unfortunately lead to a likely rise in stolen vehicles.
In 2022, Global Telemetrics were responsible for the recovery of £38.6m worth of vehicles. Fiat Ducato motorhomes were the 3rd highest recovered vehicle of the year, making up for over £1m of recoveries. Other motorhome and Caravan brands such as Auto-Trail, Bailey and Adria also appeared on the list, accounting for almost £800k of recoveries.
Global Telemetrics has had a kick start to the year, with £3.4m worth of vehicles recovered during January alone.
At this rate, we are projected to recover over £40m worth of vehicles by year-end 2023, compared with the £38.6m worth of vehicles we recovered in 2022.