Just like other types of vehicles, vans are also a top target for thieves as they are normally used to carry valuable products, tools, materials, and equipment. With this in mind, every van owner needs to be very cautious in order to ensure his van is safeguarded and protected from the hands of thieves at all times. Even though modern vans are designed with high security standards, experienced thieves can easily figure out how to get around the systems. To be sure of complete security, van owners need to upgrade the security of their vehicles with extra measures such as:
1. Insuring the Van
While taking van insurance, the van owner should make sure the van is covered against theft. Apart from stealing the whole van, thieves can also steal vehicle parts including the tyres, side mirrors, stereo systems, and other interior and exterior accessories. If all these are catered for in the van insurance cover, the van owner is sure to be compensated adequately in case of theft.
2. Valuable Items Should Never be Left Inside the Van
Valuable items such as laptops, mobile phones, money, tablets, credit cards, cheque books, and cameras can easily attract thieves. Even if the driver’s coat or bag doesn’t contain anything valuable, a curious thief might break the windows just to get at it. To be safe, the driver should avoid leaving his valuables inside the van if he intends to leave it unattended. If he cannot take them with him, he should hide them somewhere out of sight.
3. The Ignition Key Should Not Be Left in the Car
According to research, during the winter months, most van drivers usually tend to leave the ignition keys in the engine for the van to be heated up before a journey. Should a theft occur under such a circumstance, no van insurance agency or company will be ready to pay out that policy. Therefore, the driver must be very careful not to leave the van unattended while it is heating up. If he has to leave, he has to take the key with him even if the van is parked in a petrol station.
4. Van Alarms
A van alarm system plays a major role in preventing the vehicle from being stolen. The sound of an alarm can easily alert the driver or police when the windows are being broken or the van is being stolen so that they can take quick action. In addition, the sound scares thieves away and limits the length of time they would have spent stealing from the van. For maximum security, the alarm should be hidden inside the car to prevent thieves from finding its location to deactivate it.
5. Window Security
The windows of the van can be secured in a number of ways. Firstly, they can be tinted. Tinted windows not only provide ultraviolet protection and increase privacy, but also reduce transparency such that the people outside cannot get a glimpse of the items inside the van. This means that without seeing anything, no thief will be tempted to break into the van. Secondly, the windows can be covered in metal grills. The grills are for preventing thieves from gaining access to the van by breaking or smashing windows.
Even if the van owner or driver is not living in a high-risk area, he should consider storing or putting the van in a guarded commercial premise or a locked garage overnight and keep his van insurance agency informed about it. If he does not have access to a garage or a guarded commercial building, he can park the van in a safe, well-lit, and open space used by other vehicle owners.
Before parking the van in any public car park, the driver should look for one that is properly supervised and secured, with restricted entry and exit points, surveillance cameras, and good lighting.