Derby-based Hillside Leisure, one of the largest VW campervan converters in the UK, is the first National Caravan Council (NCC) approved campervan conversion specialist to install VIN CHIP anti-theft technology as standard specification.
VIN CHIP was initially launched to better deter criminals from stealing touring caravans and to help aid the identification and recovery of stolen tourers.
The technology consists of unique visible and invisible markings and identification technology, designed to combat vehicle crime.
Individual RFID chips are programmed with the 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number and integrated into the build of the leisure vehicle.
Clive Harris, head of development at VIN CHIP said: “Should the criminals proceed to steal and seek to re-identify with a false registration and VIN, the VIN CHIP technology ‘buried’ into the vehicle will still reveal its true identity and aid recovery of the vehicle.”
For motorhomes, the VIN CHIP includes hidden RFID chips so that the body and chassis will always be identifiable.
It also provides highly visible and tamper evident security labels that display the VIN and a unique QR code that warn criminals that the vehicle is VIN CHIP protected.
The keeper details are registered on the Central Registration and Identification Scheme database.
The police have unique VIN CHIP scanners to confirm the VIN and the keepers’ details 24/7.
A Hillside Leisure spokesperson said: “Being the first campervan conversion manufacturer to install VIN CHIP in our range of Hillside models will give our customers extra peace of mind about the safety and security of their luxury campervan.
“We are always looking at new ways to expand and follow the latest technology available ensuring that we continue to lead the way within our sector.”