It’s estimated that every 23 minutes, a van is broken into in the UK. You’ll probably know someone who has been a victim of tool theft, if you haven’t yourself, and therefore know what a nightmare it can be. Not only do you have to pay to replace the stolen goods and repair the damage done to your vehicle, but it can also mean going days, if not weeks, without working – losing out on a lot of money.
Thieves are always on the lookout for the easiest way to get into a vehicle and will take any opportunity they get. That’s why it’s so important to deter them and make it as difficult as possible to get to your tools.
These are our top tips, giving you 5 ways you can prevent tool theft.
Most people automatically lock their vehicles once they’re parked up on the drive at their home. However, what about when you’re unloading materials or tools or popping back into the garage to grab something? It’s essential to keep your van locked up whether you’re away from it for 5 minutes or 5 seconds.
Store Tools Elsewhere
Take your tools out of your van at night. Yes, it’s a hassle, but at least they’ll be where you left them come the morning. If this really isn’t possible, invest in a lockable, portable chest.
Keep Keys Hidden
Keeping your keys by the front door may be convenient for when you need to grab them in a rush, but it’s also convenient for thieves. They won’t refrain from using a coat hanger or piece of wire through the letterbox to get at them.
How can you make your van less appealing to a thief? Park it smartly – and awkwardly for them. Have sliding or rear doors against a wall. Alternatively, park in a busy place with plenty of CCTV around.
Sound The Alarm
Most modern vehicles have alarms already fitted, however, if you have an older van, it’s crucial to get an alarm system installed. An alarm will alert people close-by to activity and most likely scare a thief away before they have time to take anything.