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    5 things every van owner should know about theft risks

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    Vans are often regarded as lucrative targets, mainly due to their valuable cargo and the potential for quick resale of stolen goods. So if you’re a van owner, it’s crucial to be aware of the potential theft risks associated with your vehicle – especially if you’re a sole trader or small business relying heavily on your van.

    Vehicle security is our business here at Bollard Security, and we supply a great range of driveway bollards to choose from. So, if you’re concerned about the potential risks to your van, here are five top things to bear in mind!

    Hotspots and vulnerable areas

    Van thefts are more likely to occur in specific locations known as hotspots. Urban areas, industrial zones, and commercial districts are often prime targets for thieves looking to steal vans or their contents. Often, areas with particularly high rates of break-ins will be signposted by the community. To a certain degree though, you can also exercise common sense – ideally you’ll want to leave your van in a well-lit area that sees a decent amount of public traffic, both of which can easily deter would-be thieves.

    Security measures matter

    Implementing robust security measures is one of the most effective ways to deter thieves. Sturdy locks, sensitive alarms, and decent immobilisers can all help to make your van a less appealing target. Visible security devices act as a deterrent, signalling to potential thieves that your vehicle is well-protected.

    If you’re concerned about security on your own premises, that’s where our bollards come in. Our high-security insurance-approved bollards are always useful for providing maximum peace of mind. Additionally, you may want to consider installing tracking devices that can help law enforcement locate your van in the event of theft, increasing the chances of recovery.

    Cargo security

    The contents of a van are often as valuable (if not more so) than the vehicle itself. Internal racking systems, security cages, and lockable toolboxes can all be useful in preventing unauthorised access to the cargo area. Additionally, using curtains or tinted windows can obscure the view into the van, reducing the temptation for opportunistic thieves.

    Data and technology

    Modern vans often come equipped with advanced security features, such as keyless entry systems and electronic immobilisers. While these technologies enhance security, they can also be vulnerable to hacking or signal interception. For that reason alone, it’s worth making sure that you’re aware of the potential risks associated with these technologies and take steps to secure them. Regularly update software and firmware to patch any vulnerabilities, and consider using additional security measures, such as signal-blocking pouches for key fobs, to prevent electronic theft. Keyless unlocking has been shown to have particular vulnerabilities.

    Insurance considerations

    Adequate insurance coverage is crucial to mitigate the financial impact of theft. Before selecting an insurance policy, it’s a good idea to take some extra time to carefully review the coverage options, and ensure that you fully understand all the related terms and conditions. Some policies may require specific security measures to be in place for coverage to apply. And of course, don’t forget to regularly update your insurance provider on any modifications or improvements made to enhance security, as this may lead to reduced premiums.

    These are just some of the most universal tips to keep your van safe – ultimately, it’s all about instincts as well, so if you feel like you need to take a particular action to secure your vehicle, it’s well worth doing so.

    And of course, we can help with one particular aspect of that here at Bollard Security. For over 15 years, we’ve been installing and maintaining security solutions across the UK for domestic, commercial, and industrial sectors, and we take pride in providing quality products that give our customers peace of mind. Don’t hesitate to contact us on 01535 509001 for advice and recommendations on the best Telescopic Bollards for your business premises!