Over 48,000 vans were stolen in 2021 according to research from AutoExpress, up 3% from 2020. And with criminals becoming savvier in how they break in, it's more important than ever to make your van theft-proof. The bigger the theft risk for your van, the higher your van insurance costs are likely to be. But where to start?
From a van lock box or a van security system, we share our top van security ideas.
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Top tips to improve your van's security
Whether you’re about to buy a van or already own one, there are plenty of steps you can take to protect it.
You can also boost your van security by ensuring you don't leave any valuables in your van.
Always take personal possessions like your phone and wallet with you. The glove box is clearly a safer option than the passenger seat, but if your van is broken into, it's one of the first places thieves look.
If you have to leave tools or valuables in your van, a 'no tools kept in the van overnight' sticker is better than nothing. It might be a bit overdone, but it could deter the more casual thief.
Where you park could impact your van security
Thieves operate day and night, so be careful where you park your van at any time of day.
Look for open, well-lit public places with CCTV cameras to act as a deterrent. Better yet, if you have the option of a secure car park, use it.
Considering the threat of catalytic converter theft, it also makes sense to think about how easy it would be for thieves to get under your van when you park.
If your van is parked at home overnight, you might also wish to consider your own CCTV.
Mark your van and tools with a UV pen
Use an ultraviolet (UV) pen to write your postcode on your tools and somewhere in your van.
It might make the inside of your van feel like an escape room. But if anything is stolen, the police are more likely to return it to you if they recover it.
Add extra, old-school van security
Thatcham says that engine immobilisers and alarms are in the top van security categories.
Less sophisticated van security features like steering wheel locks are ranked lower.
But adding these to complement your van's security could still give you an extra level of defence.
So, even if a thief manages to hotwire your van, they can't steer it anywhere.
And, if the van looks like it might be difficult to steal, it could put off most thieves.
How do these van security ideas affect my van insurance costs?