Trained to a Home Office Accredited standard Tim is able to provide advice with regard to both Commercial security and also at a more grass roots level for the consumer.
As one of the small team that established CASSOA – Caravan Storage Site Owners Association he is very aware of not only those security issues affecting storage provision, but also those ‘natural’ risks that need to be considered when considering setting up a site.
As part of the original National Caravan Council Security Working Group he worked with manufacturers of caravans and security products, as well as insurers, to seek to develop products that were more resistant to criminal attack and that provided insurance benefits for the consumer.
For the consumer, as a caravan owner himself, Tim is aware of the concerns that are associated with the ownership of caravans / motorhomes and how owners consider these items as their second homes. Advising how consumers can protect themselves against becoming a victim of crime is an important part of his role.
The cloning of leisure vehicles – hiding their original identity, is part of the criminal’s role in seeking to confuse a consumer and benefit from their criminality. Tim carries out detailed inspections for Police Forces, Insurers and Finance companies to seek to reveal the true identity of caravans and motorhomes and to ensure that they are returned to their lawful owners.
Tim is currently the CRiS Police liaison officer – the Central Registration Identification Scheme – now managed by the NCC (National Caravan Council) – previously CRiS – the Caravan Registration Identification Scheme managed by HPI Ltd. Enquiries from consumers / dealers and insurers with regard to concerns over vehicle identities are referred to Tim.
As a means to support the caravan industry as a whole Tim has provided training to a variety of Industry providers, including insurers. This training then allows these organisations to better understand the industry/ the risks to them and also how these risks can be reduced.
Tim has worked with a number of internet TV providers to support advice videos on a variety of issues affecting the consumer including security / driving legislation, caravan registration and how weather can affect the behaviour of leisure vehicles.