Improving Van Security

Top tips for improving your van security

1: Prioritise security when choosing your van

There’s a lot to consider when choosing a new van for your business but don’t let security slip down the list. Most modern vans offer a good range of security features but if they’re not standard, consider specifying alarms, immobilisers and van deadlocks from the options list.

Even the basic configuration of your new van can impact its security. Think about whether or not you want glazed rear doors - they’re useful for visibility, but they let everyone see what’s stored in the vehicle. Opting for a solid or mesh interior bulkhead is another way of protecting your van’s cargo.   

2: Modify the van to your needs

There’s a lot you can do to boost a van’s security beyond its basic specification. There’s a thriving market in add-on security features for commercial vehicles that will suit the way different operators use their vehicles. Lockable toolboxes for valuable equipment and upgraded deadlocks or slamlocks for doors are amongst the most popular aftermarket options. www.vehicle-accessories.net supply and fit commercial security solutions throughout the UK; from van locks to alarms and security boxes.

3: Invest in the latest security technology

Most new vans will come with an alarm and immobiliser as standard. These systems should be Thatcham Category 2 approved but check that this is the case. From that basic level of protection, there’s the option of upgrading to more advanced electronic alarm systems or even a vehicle-tracking device.

GPS trackers can vastly improve the chances of recovering your vehicle if it is stolen and have the potential to lower your insurance premiums when fitted to your van.

4: Don’t forget the cat

While you’re busy protecting what’s inside your van, don’t forget what’s underneath it. Thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles are on the rise as criminals target the valuable precious metals inside these components.

Vans are particularly vulnerable thanks to catalytic converters that tend to be larger and easier to access than those of cars. Various catalytic converter anti-theft devices are available and it’s well worth having one installed on your van. Make sure you know the catalytic security options available to you.  

5: Use your van locks and park in secure locations

You can have the most advanced van security system in the world but it won’t do you any good if you don’t lock your van. It sounds obvious but forgetting to properly secure your vehicle, even if you only leave it for a minute, is an open invitation to criminals. Check that all the windows are shut and doors locked every time you leave your van.

Parking in secure location will also deter theives and prevent your van, and it's belongings, from being stolen.

6: Don’t leave valuables in/on your van

The best way to stop valuable tools or equipment being stolen from your van is not to leave them there in the first place. Remove what you can from the vehicle and ensure anything you can’t remove is kept safely out of sight. That goes for mobile phones and sat-nav devices in the cab as much as it does for tools in the load bay. If constantly moving your tools is a pain, then consider investing in a decent security box.

Those with roof racks or bars should make sure nothing valuable is left on top of your van. Rhino Roof Accessories supply SafeClamps - which secure ladders to your vehicle and are lockable. But even with these accessories you should be careful not to leave anything valuable attached to your roof rack/bars - particularly for long periods of time.

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Via AutoExpress.