23 Important Van security tips - from Sussex Installations
Please see below the most important things to consider when it comes to your van security.
Secure the manufacturer's weak point - address the most common break in methods for your model van. These vary from one van model to another, but a hole through the bodywork type attacks are on trend right now, so internal latch protection shields are often a necessity to help secure your van. But the weak points vary from model to model, so contact us to find out the weak points of your model van and then install security products to prevent the common attacks.
Add an additional layer of mechanical security - Most commonly this will be deadlocks for the load area. With newer model vans often, it can be hook type deadlocks, although this advice can change depending on your make and model van and what you use your van for. It is always best to get advice specifically for you and your model van so that you get something suitable and practical for you.
Alarm with cargo area protection! I express this as many factory fitted (OEM) alarms and aftermarket alarms do not offer any cargo area protection for high level of destructive attacks such as door folding (peel and steal) or attacks where large holes are cut in the body of the van. Having cargo area protection, such as a PIR detector and side door high position switches added to the factory alarm or fitted in addition to an aftermarket alarm system are extremely IMPORTANT!
Download and use our free van security App 'VaVoid' and help each other out with alerts of crime in progress and identifying crime hotspots.
Physically check that your doors have locked pulling your door handle, don't just press the lock button on your remote control and walk away! Sometimes a van doesn't lock if one of the doors are not closed properly and it is possible for thieves to use watch you arrive and then use a signal jammer to prevent your remote control from communicating with your van, then simply open your unlocked van after you walk out of sight.
If you have the keyless entry type of remote control, then absolutely press the lock button rather than just walking away from your van and letting it lock itself. Consider keeping your keys in an RFID blocking wallet (or even a inside a metal biscuit tin) as you do not want to fall victim to a 'signal relay' type of attack (make sure your spare key at home is also inside a metal box or RFID blocking wallet).
If your van doesn't unlock when you press your remote control? Don't stand there pressing your remote button over and over as this could be a thief blocking your remote control from working and tricking you into pressing your button enough times for them to crack the encryption of your remote control. Instead use the manual key unlock in your door and drive to another area to see if your remote is working there.
If your van has factory deadlocks? (Usually activated by double pressing the lock button of your remote control), then make sure you activate them as this can make your van lock in more secure way; where the internal release won't unlock the door (this isn't safe to do if you have someone inside your van).
Store your keys away from your letterbox at home, do not make it easy for someone to fish your keys from a hook that is in sight of your letter box.
If your van has windows in the load area, then blank them off with window grills, medium thickness Plywood or MDF.
If your van does not have a full bulkhead separating the cab from the load area, then consider fitting one. Your options include a wooden bulkhead, an aftermarket metal bulkhead or even sourcing a used factory metal bulkhead from someone who has removed it from their vehicle.
If your van is a commonly stolen model, then fit an anti-theft product such as an OBD port protector, an immobiliser or fit a tracker (with DRS for an early alert of the theft).
Consider installing a tool safe for your most valuable tools or partition your van off to make your most valuable tools harder for thieves to access.
Do not leave anything of value on display! This includes items such as mobile phones, keys, wallets, computers, tablets and sat nav etc.
Where to park? (If or when possible)
- Park in a well-lit area
- Park under coverage of CCTV coverage.
- Park your van close to your home or the site that you are working at.
- Park in a spot that is visible by people, house windows etc, rather than a dark alley way or in the middle of nowhere.
- Park with your van doors obstructed, with your side load door and rear doors tight up against a wall or to another vehicle you own? With your handbrake firmly on and your van in gear or in park to stop a thief from pushing your van away from the wall.
- Park in a garage / gated driveway where possible.
- If you do have a driveway or personal space to park on, then add flood lights with motion detection sensors (PIR), CCTV or a doorbell with CCTV and motion detection.
Mark your tools with UV Invisible Permanent Marking Security products (or Smart Water) as this will increase the chance of your tools being recovered or the police prosecuting thieves caught in possession of your tools (if they were stolen).
Catalytic converter theft, it is a MASSIVE cost and inconvenience if your catalytic converter is stolen. This seems to vary from time to time how prevalent it is (depending on the scrap value of the platinum inside the catalytic converter or the market for sale of them). It is a good investment to install security products such as a cat Lock which make it more difficult to steal by adding a clasp/shield and chain directly between the catalytic converter and the underbody of the van.
Getting tool theft insurance for your van from a reputable insurance company is often an incredibly good investment should the worst happen to you. Make sure you keep the receipts and a log of all your tools so you can show an insurance company what you have lost in the event of you making a claim and ensure the policy will cover any damage caused to the van during the break in.
'No tools left in this van' sticker? These stickers are absolute waste of time in my opinion.
Where I live is noticeably quiet? Van tool thieves are extremely cunning and often take trips out of the big cities to attack the easy pickings (unsecured vans) located in quiet little towns. This is due to the fact they are aware van owners in these areas are more likely to be security lapse with their vehicle than in comparison to a van owner living in the city
The thieves will not have a break for winter or bad weather!! We always see a spike in the number of break-ins when it starts to get dark earlier, the bad weather does not put them off either and can even provide cover for them to attack your vehicle!
Closing thoughts - Remember that your van and contents are at risk every time you leave it, even if it is just for a few minutes and in the daytime in a busy area.
Sussex Installations are the van security specialists! We offer a professional mobile installation service in the Southeast of England (including London). We also have a mobile friendly ecommerce website offering one of the largest ranges of van security products available online anywhere!
We are proud to have customers drive to us from all corners of the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Continental Europe to our workshop in Eastbourne to have us carry out the installation of their van security!
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