Works vans are an increasingly popular target for thieves. But it's not usually the van itself that's stolen - it's the contents in the back, often expensive power tools.
It's easy for us to advise you to empty the van every night and re-load it in the morning, but we realise this is not always practical. Instead, here's our advice on how to make your van and its contents less of a target:
- Store tools in secure cabinets or boxes within the van
- Add supplementary locks to the existing locks - the more a thief has to do to break in, the more likely they are to move on to an easier target. There are a wide range available, including deadlocks for the doors and high security padlocks and hasps for the cargo doors.
- Park so that any vulnerable doors are up against solid objects - this will restrict access and make it harder for anyone to break in
- Thieves know the weak points of various makes of van - research yours so you can take appropriate measures
Established in 1989, Secured by Design (SBD) is the title for a group of police projects focusing on the design and security of quality security products and crime prevention projects. It supports the principles of ‘designing out crime’ through physical security and processes.
You can search for police approved products on the SBD website.