Keeping your van and tools safe
Vans are often targeted by thieves for their tools. Here are a few simple tips to help secure your van and its contents:
- It might sound obvious, but make sure you lock the doors and shut the windows whenever you leave your van unattended.
- Never leave any valuables visible - keep ALL possessions out of sight. Even if you know that there is nothing valuable in your jacket pocket or file left on the seat, a thief may try their luck.
- Remove tools from your van when left over night
- If removal of tools is not possible, fit a tool safe and ensure it is fully secured with good quality locks.
- Consider parking your van close to a hedge or wall in order to restrict access for anyone trying to get inside.
- Engrave or mark tools and their boxes with your postcode and house number.
- Fit additional locks external locks to van doors.
- Use an approved steering lock or gear clamps, and remember to set your immobiliser and alarm if you have one.
- Fit a dual band tracking device that works on VHF/UHF and GPS to ensure that one tracking system is still functioning if criminals use GPS blocking techniques to avoid detection. Purchase devices to ‘Thatcham’ and ‘SBD’ approval to combat this type of vehicle theft, as vehicles equipped with a tracking device are often promptly recovered.
- Use a “Pedal Box Guard” to encase the pedals when the vehicle is not in use.
- Fit an on-board diagnostic (OBD) safe device, a secure lockable device that fits over the vehicle’s OBD port, inside the cabin, to prevent additional keys being coded.
- We recommend products that are Sold Secure, or Secured By Design.
- Hertfordshire residents can get a ten percent discount on vehicle security products through Protect a Van.