Van and tools theft is spiking in the UK
Tool theft is growing in the UK, indicating that 98% of businesses are highly concerned about stolen tools and vans. Van thefts have tripled in recent years, and as an estimate, breaking into a van happens every 23 minutes. We've heard plenty of stories from our customers of thieves stealing tools from the back of their van. You can only imagine the effect it has had on them, especially for sole traders and small businesses relying on a van for their job. Stolen tools or damaged vans, in most cases, mean days or even weeks of missed work.
Don't become a victim
Your insurance will cover your costs if you're a victim of vehicle or equipment theft. But why would you have to deal with all this hassle to replace the van or tools when you can prevent them from being stolen in the first place? Vehicle security should be the top priority, especially when it comes to commercial vehicles because they are the lifeblood of the business. Thieves always look for the simplest way to get to your van and tools, so don't make stealing from you easy for them. There is a significant chance that having realised that your van is too challenging to break into, they might move on.
Our 10 top tips for keeping your van and tools safe
1. Prioritise security when choosing your van leasing deal
When you are looking for a van to lease, there is a lot to consider. While there are many options that you need to look into, not many put vehicle security on their priority list. Most modern vans on our van leasing offers come with a good range of security features but make sure that the truck you're looking to lease has the suitable kit. Not every van comes with every security feature, and sometimes you'll need to add the ones you want in your vehicle as an extra or go for a higher trim. The standard security we advise that you request for your van is an alarm and immobiliser. Additionally, deadlocks and separate locking systems for the cabin and cargo area are also highly recommended.
Think about the configuration of your new van. While the glazed rear door is helpful for visibility, they allow everybody to see what's inside the van. They hence can be a risk for your vehicle's security. Most of our van leasing deals come with a double rear door as standard so consider if you need to access the load area from both sides before adding the extra side door. Many commercial panel vans also have a solid bulkhead separating the cab from the load, which keeps everything out of sight. However, double-check what vans are available and if it comes with this feature. Some lower-trim models and crew vans have steel mesh bulkheads or even rigid plastic in some cases.
2. Modify the van deal to your needs
Did you know you can add a few things to your business van lease to boost your vehicle's security? There are several physical security extras for commercial vehicles to suit different business needs. Lockable toolboxes for expensive equipment, upgraded deadlocks or slam locks for doors will make it harder for thieves to steal your tools. Furthermore, steering locks or pedal box protectors will help make your van more challenging to drive away.