In line with commercial van thefts were 3513 reported tool thefts. Cambridge, Staffordshire, South Yorkshire were the hardest hit places. This figure is up 8% from 2017 – 2018. The theft of these tools is the backbone to people’s business, without the tools they do not make the money.
Our Business Development Manager Greg Halliday shares his key ways to protect your van contents:
- Remove your tools when you remove yourself, take what you can when you can. Try and leave nothing of value in the van.
- Vulnerability is a thief’s drug, seeing a car or van with keys in, doors left ajar, open windows. They will take any opportunity they see. Make sure every possible entry point is locked down. Park in locations with street lights, CCTV or pedestrian walkway. The more chances you have of being seen, the less likely a thief will take a chance.
- Having warning signs on your can doors/windows is a mild deterrent but can be effective. Advising the van is monitored with 24hr CCTV and tracked, or no tools are left in this van (seems corny or a double bluff in my opinion).
- Steering the thief’s away from your vehicle, using a steering lock can be a great prevention to vehicle theft or break ins. The best steering locks will clamp the gear stick and steering wheel together in 1 application.
- If you carry valuable tools, money or expensive assets in van I’d invest in a safe. Lock those prize tools away. Bolted to the floor and chassis will ensure that pup isn’t going anywhere.
- Window tints. Blacked out windows don’t only look gangster but actually offer privacy and security benefits. Limiting the view into your rear bay or seats will help remove a thief’s curiosity.
- Tracking devices are an obvious must have, offerings of driver behaviour reports and money saving benefits on fuel and repairs but having the option to immobilize the van after you report is stolen pulls the power back to you when it comes to recovery of the vehicle.
- Dash cameras, most dash cameras these days offer some form of park mode, stating theft protection, when in fact these cameras can only stay awake after ignition off for around 30-60 mins. If you invest into a recognized camera brand with a secondary power backup you can see the unit stay awake for days in most cases. Using motion detection, it will record when someone or something (darn cats) passes the front of the window, also if you set impact detection you can force recording when the vehicle gets notice of rocking.
- UV pens, mark your tools with your initials, mark items of the van, inside the doors jams, boot lid, under the bonnet. The thieves won’t see it. Unless the now carry UV pens, which I can’t see being a thing. Any marking you can make to better identify your assets or vehicle is half the battle in securing what’s yours.
For any camera, tracking or specific UV pen requirements please contact us at Simplytrak.
Car crime soared in the opening month of the year as a total of 375,001 vehicle incidents were recorded in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2019. January joins March, April, May and October as the top five worst months for vehicle crime but the opening month tops the list as the most prolific period.
A total of 11 percent of all vehicle crimes recorded in 2019 took place in January, according to UK police data analysed by Click4Reg.
Simple things such as removing any High Value Good from the vehicle – satnavs, money, phones, handbags or wallets will lower the chances of break ins. Here are three tips on how to further minimise the risk:
Get your vehicles tracked
Installing a dash camera is a great deterrent these days as many use motion detection, or sleep mode recording.
With the advances in GPS technology we’re able to locate assets in more remote places such as container units, warehouses and in some cases underground car parks. Taking the advantage away from the thieves. Installing a recognised branded tracking unit can save you thousands on insurance and increase the chances of having the vehicle returned.
Adding the extra option to have the vehicle remotely immobilized is a very wise choice, the user is able to text the tracker to shut off the power on the next engine off cycle, meaning the vehicle will no longer start up, until the user sends another code to re-engage on recovery of the asset. This will limit the distance the vehicle can travel after theft. Allowing the owner to set up recovery option with the local police.
Jam your key signals
Vehicles with keyless entry / ignition will benefit from owning an RFID pouch. RFID pouches use electromagnetic fields to stop incoming and outgoing frequencies that thieves would usually use to open and get away with your vehicle.
RFID pouches are available from Amazon UK from as little as £5.”
Stats source: https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/cars/1224928/car-crime-january-vehicle-thefts-uk-thieves-criminals-regions-map