Police force uses VIN CHIP™ to fight caravan and motorhome theft

Cheshire Constabulary is using a new tool to aid the force’s fight against caravan and motorhome thieves.

The VIN CHIP anti-theft identification system enables officers to scan a touring caravan or motorhome from up to 15 metres away to see if it has been reported as stolen and find out who the registered owner is. They can be scanned at speeds of up to 60mph.


Since 2008, a radio frequency chip containing a unique vehicle identification number (VIN) number has been embedded into all UK-approved touring caravans during manufacture.

Owners of older caravans can have one fitted at a relatively small cost, and owners of caravans made between 2008 and 2016 can pay to have their chip upgraded so that it works as well as the newer ones. This may have an insurance benefit with some companies.

Motorhome owners can also pay to have a VIN CHIP™ fitted, and some manufacturers are now embedding them into all their new motorhomes. Read the full story from Cheshire Police here.