If you own and use a van for your business, you will probably be all too well aware of the problem of theft, as criminals like to target unattended vans for the tools stored inside. More often than not, the criminal element will always target those soft targets that they think will yield the best results, and it is unfortunate that the combination of poor security and expensive tools are too tempting for a lot of criminals.
Thankfully, there are a number of ways in which you can deter and even beat the criminals. There are three distinct areas that you can work with in order to make it harder for thieves to steal your tools, as well as helping to lower the cost of your insurance premiums. In the following section of the article, we will take a closer look at how you can make your van and its contents much less appealing to criminals.
The first method of stopping thieves is to make the risk too high for them. This could mean storing your van out of the way in a garage, or parking it directly under a streetlight. Other steps are simple, but you will be surprised by just how many people ignore them and end up losing their valuable tools. The first is to make sure that all of the windows are shut and the van is locked when left unattended, even if you are only leaving it unattended for a couple of minutes. Also, try to avoid leaving expensive tools and other items like sat-navs in full view, and never leave the keys in the van, not even for a second.
Visible security can also be an effective deterrent, with steering or handbrake locks or tracking devices fitted to the van, with plenty of warning stickers placed on the windows.
If a criminal does manage to break into your van, all is not lost, as there are a number of ways in which you can prevent them from stealing your tools or the van itself. In order to prevent the theft of tools from your van, you should think about storing them in a strong security box, such as those made by Tuffboxes. These storage solutions are strong and secure, and can be fixed into place inside your van so that thieves cannot get to your valuable tools.
To prevent your van from being stolen, your van should have an immobiliser fitted. An immobiliser is a smart piece of kit that cuts the electrical supply from the engine, making it impossible to start without the key. Thankfully, nowadays, immobilisers tend to come fitted as standard, but if you own an older model of van, it may be worth thinking about retrofitting an immobiliser for added security.
Another feature often fitted as standard to modern vans is an alarm, but again, this can be easily retrofitted if your van does not have one. More often than not, as soon as a would-be thief sees the stickers on the van windows that proclaim the presence of an alarm, most will look elsewhere. However, if they do attempt to break in, then the alarm will not only startle them, but will also alert you and anyone else in the vicinity, to the fact that the van has been entered illegally.
Additional locks are also a good idea, and fitting deadlocks can make breaking into your van a long and pointless task. It is important to remember that most criminals want to be in and out in a matter of seconds or minutes, and they will not fancy spending too much time trying to break into a van, as there is a greater risk of being discovered.
If you are involved in the multi-drop delivery business, you may find that constantly locking and unlocking your vehicle becomes a pain, especially when you are in and out of the van for short periods of time throughout the day. However, for added security, fitting slam locks is a good way to prevent theft from your vehicle, when you are away for just a couple of minutes and you forget to lock the van.
If you find that despite your best efforts your van ends up being stolen, all is not lost, as there is still a chance that you can get your van back in to your possession. More and more people are now installing GPS tracking devices in to their vehicles, and although this can be an expensive outlay initially, it certainly raises the possibility of getting your van back in one piece. Of course, your equipment may not be there, but if you can store your tools in a Tuffbox, then there is a much better chance of your tools being returned to you, once the van is back in your possession.