Trailers and caravans

Trailers or caravans are popular among thieves. Almost 550 trailers and caravans were stolen in The Netherlands in 2021, according to the Dutch vehicle crime information center. Because they are not always registered on license plates, they are harder to trace after theft and therefore easy to sell.

Theft of a trailer or caravan can be prevented by mechanical security. There are different systems:

  • A drawbar lock is a mechanism that wraps around the drawbar and is intended to prevent unauthorized transport of a trailer.
  • A wheel clamp is a mechanism that prevents a wheel from turning and therefore prevents a trailer from being taken along.
  • Mechanical protection without certificate

Mechanical protection systems for trailers are not vehicle-related and therefore cannot be registered on a specific vehicle. No certificate is issued for this type of system. Approved mechanical security systems are provided with a label with the mention 'SCM approved'.