Making CID Work

Theft prevention and recovery.

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Community Commitment.

The success of CID is entirely dependent on us all pulling together as a community, not only getting as many members as possible onboard but actively participating in spotting, checking and reporting suspicious vans.

We all live in hope that our vans won’t be stolen but if the worst does happen, a CID registered van will have a significantly better chance of being recovered quickly and with your personal belongings in tact.

Keeping safety in mind, get into the habit of looking for a CID number on caravans and motorhomes you see on the road, on sites, boarding ferries or anywhere else for that matter. You don’t have to wonder if a CID tagged van is stolen, you can find out for certain in mere seconds.


There’s nothing stopping you looking up a CID tagged van just for the sake of it (it costs nothing), but be alert to:

  • Missing or mismatched number plates.
  • No trailer lights.
  • Partially removed or obscured decals.
  • Hitch or wheel damage (from lock removal).
  • Travelling at strange times.
  • Erratic driving.
  • Age and appearance of driver.
  • Damage to door or locks from forced entry.
  • Wheel damage (from lock removal).
  • Travelling at strange times.
  • Erratic driving.
  • Age and appearance of driver.


One of the greatest benefits of CID lookup is that it’s fast, free and available to anyone with access to the internet so there’s really no reason not to look up a van you’re suspicious of. It’s as simple as opening a web page and typing in the ID number. This can be done from any smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC connected to the internet without having to logon. Save this link to your desktop for quick access –


There’s a reason we do not provide a forum for reporting ‘suspicious’ incidents. Posting a potentially stolen van on Facebook is like sending a letter to the fire brigade saying your house is on fire. You’re telling the wrong people and letting a thief get away. If you have any reason to suspect a van is stolen, report it to the police right away. You will never be criticised for a false alarm if it’s done in good faith.

Having reported it to the police, check the comments area on the ID Lookup for any owner contact information or requests.

If the police cannot get to you quickly, it's not the attending officer's fault, it's a resourcing issue. Police efficiency is largely measured by their detection rate versus the number of incidents reports they receive. Not reporting incidents artificially raises efficiency and lowers resource planning.
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