If you rely on the use of a van for work then you need to take every precaution you can to keep it safe.
Vans are often targeted by thieves and vandals due to their high value and the fact that they often contain expensive equipment that can be resold.
Below are some of the best ways to keep your van secure and deter criminals from targeting it.
Parking securely is a must when you have a van. It might not always be possible to park in a secure car park, especially when vising customers, but you should always be aware of the area where you’re parking your van and try to pick the most secure spot possible.
When you’re parking your van at home, you will ideally have a garage or at least a drive to park it on. Vehicles that are parked on a public road are much more likely to be stolen.
Don’t leave expensive tools/equipment in your van overnight
This is extremely important. You should ensure that any expensive tools or equipment you keep in your van for your job are not kept i there overnight. This is a big reason why vans are broken into.
It’s also a good idea to put a sign on your van letting people know that no tools or equipment are kept in there overnight to prevent any damage to your vehicle.
Install security devices
When it comes to securing your van, one of the most effective ways of doing this is by installing security devices. Most vans come with an alarm and immobiliser as standard but you should also consider investing in a GPS tracker.
Getting a GPS tracker will mean it’s much easier for the police to track your van down and recover it if it is stolen.
Get a good insurance policy
All of the tips above will certainly help to reduce the risk of theft and vandalism but they will not cut it out entirely. Even taking all the precautions you can, there’s still the chance your van will be broken into or stolen. In such a scenario you want to know that you’ll be fully compensated. This why getting a good van insurance policy is a must.
With van insurance, you can cover your vehicle for road risks as well as theft, vandalism and fire. You can also cover the tools and equipment that you store in your van.