Safeguarding your van
16 January 2024

Your work van isn’t just a vehicle; it’s your mobile office, your toolbox, and essentially your bread and butter. But let’s face it, it’s also a treasure chest on wheels—and there are plenty of would-be pirates out there eyeing it. Here in the UK, the tactics used by thieves vary. But they all aim to take something that is yours and will all leave you with a major inconvenience to your day.

Smash-and-Grab

Imagine you’re grabbing a cuppa only to come back to find your van’s window smashed and your gear gone. Smash-and-grab is as brutal as it sounds: they see, they smash, they grab. The fix? Make your van’s windows tough to crack with reinforced films and park where there are eyes everywhere. It doesn’t mean it won’t happen, but it is much less likely. It’s hard to be inconspicuous when you’re shattering glass in a spotlight.

Also, make sure you don’t leave anything of value in your cab. A thief is much less likely to risk getting caught just on the off chance there is something in your cab. But if they can see it, even with people around them, they might take their chance.

Peel-and-Steal

Then there’s the peel-and-steal. It’s like peeling a banana; the only prize is your livelihood. The doors of your van are literally peeled back, allowing access to the insides. Thieves do this with their bare hands, so they don’t even need to come prepared with tools. But there are several solutions to prevent this from happening, so do get in touch.

Key Cloning and Relay Attacks

Lastly, we’ve got the high-tech hijackers using key cloning and relay attacks. They copy your van’s key signal or relay it to unlock your van as if by magic. The trick here is to keep your keys in a signal-blocking pouch or box. This is easier when you van is parked at home and you can put your keys away for the night but less so when you are walking around on site. A simple trick: why not throw in a steering lock on for good measure? It’s old school, but it works.

Understanding these threats is half the battle. The other half is armouring up with the right gear. Physical defences, smarter locks, and tech-savvy solutions are your weapons against these threats. Keep your van safe, and you keep your business running.