A caravan site is not the place to get trigger happy. “Caravanners are very sociable people,” says Nichol. “They’re all ages, come from all walks of life and they’ll all give you a warm welcome and offer to lend you a hand to get settled.” So don’t shoot them. And don’t Taser anyone you find looking over your caravan on site. “People do tend to come in and have a look,” says Rowe. “It’s just nice and old-fashioned that way.”
Remember, the snoopers are unlikely to be after state secrets. They are more likely to be Maureen and Geoff from Kidderminster after a cup of tea and the name of the place you bought your awning. “Special branch should try and get into the spirit of it,” advises Walmsley. “They’ll meet some lovely people along the way and if they chill out they might be surprised how much they enjoy it”.