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The UK marking scheme for touring caravans and motorhomes, VIN CHIP™, has joined the official police security initiative Secured by Design, making it a Police Preferred Specification accredited product.

VIN CHIP™ is an anti-theft identification system for leisure vehicles and provides an essential part of work to disrupt criminal activity. VIN CHIP™ have been using radio frequency identification, known as 'RFID' technology since 1998. Each RFID chip holds the unique 17 digit VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) and links directly to the Central Registration and Identification Scheme (CRiS).

VIN CHIP™ provide highly visible security labels that display the VIN and a unique QR code that warn criminals that the vehicle is VIN CHIP™ protected. VIN CHIP™ scanners are issued to Police and Law Enforcement agencies who work closely with VIN CHIP™, and even if criminals seek to re-identify the leisure vehicle, the RFID chip will still reveal its true identity, providing a fast and reliable process of confirmation.

Lyn Poole, Secured by Design, said: "I'm really pleased to see that VIN CHIP™ LTD have joined the Secured by Design family of member companies, bringing on board their VIN CHIP Caravan & Motorhome Anti-Theft ID System as a Police Preferred Specification accredited product. I have known about this product for years, as when I bought a caravan it was marked and registered on the Central Registration and Identification Scheme (CRiS). I felt reassured and safe in the fact that if it was stolen there was an excellent chance it would be identified and returned. I look forward to working with VIN CHIP™ LTD over the coming years."

John Lally, VIN CHIP™ commented: “We’re delighted to join the Secured by Design initiative and are pleased to gain this recognition for what we know to be a fantastic product that benefits its customers and gives them the peace of mind they need to feel safe about the security of their valued leisure vehicle.”

Check out the VIN CHIP™ listing on the Secured by Design website.


Secured by Design (SBD) is owned by the UK Police Service with the specific aim of reducing crime and helping people live more safely.

SBD seek to improve the physical security of buildings and the surrounding area using products, such as doors, windows, locks and walling systems along with fencing systems that meet the SBD Police Preferred Specification security requirements.

SBD have many partner organisations, ranging from the Home Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government through to local authorities, housing associations, developers and manufacturers and work closely with standards and certification bodies.

SBD developed a product based accreditation scheme over 20 years ago – the Police Preferred Specification, which provides a recognised standard for all security products that can deter and reduce crime. SBD work with manufacturers and standards authorities to ensure that security standards are current and updated to keep pace with emerging crime trends.

There are currently many hundreds of companies producing thousands of attack resistant crime prevention products, across over 30 different crime categories, which have achieved Police Preferred Specification.

SBD is the only way for companies to obtain police recognition for security-related products in the UK.