Armaplates have been around a long time, and are traditionally known as the best option to protect against screwdriver attack to plastic handles found on many vans. Armaplates work particularly well on the following vans:
Citroen Berlingo/Peugeot Partner
Mercedes Sprinter/VW LT/VW Crafter
Peugeot Expert/Citroen Dispatch/Fiat Scudo
VW T5/T6 (Side Load Door)
We’ve also seen arm plates used in other applications, such as later Fords. It’s important to know that when they are being used to protect a lock not fitted inside a handle, they will stop the lock from being ripped out of the door skin, however, they won’t stop the lock from being picked, or forced with a screwdriver in the keyhole.
Armaplates are the original solution to this type of attack, and they are typically the strongest type of handle-protection plate on the market. When choosing which type of handle protection to go for, you should avoid anything which sticks onto the door skin, or that is held in place by the plastic handle itself. Whilst these may look the part, thieves will be able to tell which type of plate you have, and straight away they will know that it won’t stand up to much in the way of an attack. An original arm plate will have plates on both the inside and outside of the door skins to protect not only the handle on the outside of the door, but also the lock components inside the door. The plate is fixed in place by studs that pass through the door skin, and the inner plate, and sandwich the door skin to give it added protection.
They aren’t the cheapest option on the market, but we choose to recommend them as you get a much higher level of protection due to their design and thickness once installed properly.
If you have any queries or would like some no-obligation advice on how to secure your van, please feel free to get in touch here, or call us on 01959 928003.