Having your van broken into is not only a nightmare it is a major inconvenience. You may have your personal belongings stolen, your work tools stolen and even the vehicle stolen. This may result in loss of work, endless phone calls to the insurance company and police.
We ll never stop these criminals from breaking into vans but we can do our best to prevent them.
Here are our top tips to avoid you being the next victim:
* Keep your vehicle locked.
This may seem like the obvious thing to do but many people may forget when in a rush or may think they have done it when they actually haven’t, always check.
We have a high number of local incidents happening at present where criminals are targeting builders etc while they are stopping off to purchase materials and are locking their van but not locking the extra locks resulting in the vans been broken into and tools stolen. High security locks / slam locks give your vehicle extra protection against thieves.
* Don’t leave your valuables on display
If thieves can see expensive items that are worth stealing they will.
* Protect your tools
When possible it is good practise to take your tools out at night, although the thief may still cause damage by breaking into your vehicle, at least they wont be stealing your tools causing you loss of work and the inconvenience of having to replace them. Another way to protect your tools is by marking them so they can be identified and returned back to you if they are found. Also check your insurance policy and make sure you have your tools covered should you be unfortunate enough to have them stolen.
* Think about where you park your vehicle.
Try and park your vehicle in a place that will deter / prevent thieves from breaking in. Try and park in a well lit area , busy area and try and park near cctv camera’s. Where possible try and park your vehicle so that the side door / back doors are against a wall to make the vehicle more difficult to be broken into.
Don’t be the next victim.