10 Tips for Securing Your Van Against Theft
2 June 2023

Keeping your van safe is your top priority. Here are 10 simple ways to ensure your van is secure from thieves and vandalism.

  1. Install deadlocks to all doors
  2. Install an alarm system
  3. Use a steering wheel lock
  4. Park in well-lit areas
  5. Use a garage
  6. Add door shields
  7. Use a GPS tracking system
  8. Install window blanks or grilles
  9. Remove valuables from plain sight
  10. Fit a vehicle immobiliser

Install an Alarm System

By having a visible alarm system, potential thieves can be deterred as they know that you and others will be alerted. If something was to happen to your van, you would be alerted immediately, giving you time to prevent thieves from getting away. Some alarm systems even have the ability to disable the vehicle from driving.

Use a Steering Wheel Lock

Installing a steering wheel lock means that thieves aren’t able to steer your van, which can stop them after their attempt, or even deter them from trying if it’s visible through the windows. Using a steering wheel lock adds an extra layer of security to your van’s anti-theft system.

Park in Well-Lit Areas

Parking in well-lit areas can help to secure your van because it makes it easier to see any suspicious activity or potential threats. Criminals are less likely to target well-lit areas because they are more visible and therefore increase the risk of being caught. Additionally, a well-lit area can deter potential thieves and vandals from approaching your van in the first place.

Install Deadlocks to the Side and Rear Doors

Installing deadlocks to your van improves security as they provide an additional layer of protection against break-ins. Deadlocks are more secure than standard locks because they cannot be opened from the outside, even if the thief has a key or tries to pick the lock. This makes it much more difficult for thieves to gain access to your van and steal your belongings.

Use a Garage

Parking in a garage improves your van’s security as it provides a physical barrier between a thief or vandal and your van. It also makes it less visible to potential thieves. Not only does a garage provide safety from thieves, but also from the weather and other environmental damage.

Add Door Shields

Adding door shields to your van improves security by making it more difficult for potential thieves to break into your vehicle. The shields add an extra layer of protection to the doors, making it harder to pry them open or access the locking mechanism. This can help to deter theft and protect your belongings.

Using a GPS Tracking System

Using a GPS tracking system can help make your van more secure by allowing you to track its location in real-time and recover it quickly in case of theft. It can also deter thieves from targeting your van, as they are less likely to steal a vehicle that can be easily traced.

Install Window Blanks or Grilles

Installing window blanks on your van prevents potential thieves from seeing inside your vehicle, which can reduce the likelihood of break-ins. It can also make it more difficult for criminals to assess the value of your belongings, making your van a less attractive target.

Adding window grilles to your van can help improve its security by acting as a physical barrier that makes it more difficult for intruders to break in through the windows. This can deter potential thieves and provide an extra layer of protection for your vehicle and its contents.

Remove Valuables from Plain Sight

Removing valuables from plain sight can help improve your van’s security because it reduces the temptation for potential thieves to break in. If they can’t see anything valuable, they may move on to another target. It particularly helps to prevent smash-and-grab thefts, where thieves break a window to quickly grab visible items.

Fit a Vehicle Immobiliser

Fitting a vehicle immobiliser, such as a CAN Phantom or Bluetooth Immobiliser improves your van’s security by preventing unauthorised access to the engine and other critical components. It makes it much more difficult for thieves to steal your van, as they cannot clone keys or start the engine even if they steal your keys.

Secure Your Van Today

At Van Secure, we know it’s not just a van… it’s your livelihood. We provide full security packages for all vans in the South East of England, as well as high-quality, lightweight and durable van accessories, making your job safer and easier. Don’t become a victim of van theft, get in touch with us today.