Published on Thursday 21 April 2016 in Van News
It's a nightmare scenario - you get into your van and find all your tools have been stolen. It's bad enough you won't be able to work without them, but now you could have to pay hundreds, maybe even thousands of pounds to replace them. It's a sickening blow.
Here are ten tips to help you keep your tools safe and secure
1. Lock your van
It sounds obvious, but if you're just nipping back into the house or the site you're working at - keep your van locked at all times! If you struggle with this, consider getting slamlocks fitted.
2. Add extra security to your van
Deadlocks will ensure the contents in your van are protected further. They're a popular choice and one of the best ways to keep your tools safe.
3. Think where you park
At night, can you leave your van with the rear doors up against a wall? Make sure it's hard for thieves to get inside your vehicle. Avoid parking in poorly lit areas too.
4. Don't leave valuables in sight
If your tools are on view - it's an invitation that some criminals simply won't refuse.
5. Hide your van keys when you're at home
Don't leave the keys to your van on view from a window or close to your letterbox. Have a safe place to leave them in.
6. Mark your tools
Engrave your expensive tools with special marking. This may not stop someone from stealing them, but it'll make them harder to sell and easier to identify if the police manage to recover them.
7. Install CCTV at your house
Having a home CCTV system will act as a deterrent to any potential thieves. A home security system could be cheaper than you think, with prices starting around the £40 mark for dome cameras.
8. Get your neighbours to watch out for you
Ask your neighbours to let you know if they see anyone lingering around your van. Give them the confidence they can contact you, no matter what they see. The more people looking out for you - the better.
9. Make your staff aware of van security
Your van security is only as strong as your weakest link. If your staff don't take this issue seriously, you're at risk of having your tools stolen.
10. Empty your van at night
It may take a little longer to empty your van at the end of each day, but it's nothing compared to the time and trouble involved in replacing your tools.