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Caravan safety tips issued

Caravan owners have been issued with a series of tips to help protect their property as parks begin to reopen ahead of the holiday season.

Speaking to the Newry Times, Paula Crowe, crime prevention officer for Armagh, Newry and Mourne, said: "Caravans may be more vulnerable than houses, but that doesn't mean you can't make your property secure."

According to Ms Crowe, all doors, windows and skylights should be shut whenever a person leaves a caravan, even if only for a short period of time. It is also important to make sure the door is locked and the keys are taken away, not stored in the vicinity.

If all valuables cannot be taken out of the caravan when it is left vacant, they should be stored out of sight. Leaving the curtains open will show to potential thieves that there are no items of value on display and deter a robbery.

All suspicious activities should be reported to the site manager or the police, while neighbours should agree to keep an eye on each other's caravans.

Owners should also make sure they take out relevant caravan insurance to make sure they are covered if the worst happens.

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