Aug 25, 2023
For businesses that rely on vans to transport tools and equipment, the threat of tool theft is a significant concern. Van tool theft not only results in financial losses but can also disrupt operations, cause vehicular damage and impact customer service.
At Fleetsmart, we understand the importance of safeguarding your assets. In this blog post, we will share valuable tips to help you prevent van tool theft and protect your valuable equipment.
The first step in preventing tool theft is to ensure that your van is secure. Start by investing in high-quality locks for all entry points, including doors and windows.
Deadbolt locks are an excellent choice as they provide an extra layer of security. Consider installing security film on windows to make them more resistant to break-ins.
Additionally, you can reinforce the van's security by fitting it with an alarm system or an immobiliser. These deterrents can alert you or others nearby in the event of unauthorised access and discourage thieves from targeting your vehicle.
Fleetsmart offers remote immobilisers as part of our telematics solutions, allowing you to remotely disable the van's engine, making it impossible for thieves to drive away with your tools.
Choosing where to park your van can significantly impact the risk of tool theft. Whenever possible, park your van in a well-lit, busy area with good visibility. Thieves are less likely to target vehicles that are easily seen by passersby.
If available, park near security cameras or within view of buildings with surveillance to increase the chances of deterring criminals.
Consider using secure parking facilities specifically designed for vans and commercial vehicles. These facilities often have additional security measures in place, such as gated entry, CCTV cameras, and on-site security personnel. While this may incur a cost, it can provide peace of mind and significantly reduce the risk of tool theft.
Security marking and tracking systems can be effective deterrents and aid in recovering stolen tools. Engrave or mark your tools with a unique identifier, such as your business name or a serial number. This makes it easier to identify and trace stolen tools if they are recovered.
Additionally, consider implementing a tracking system, such as GPS-based van trackers provided by Fleetsmart. These trackers allow you to monitor the location of your van in real-time, making it easier to recover it in the event of theft.
They also provide an added layer of security as potential thieves are aware that the vehicle is being tracked. With Fleetsmart's telematics solutions, you can have peace of mind knowing that your fleet's location and activity are monitored.
Leaving tools and equipment in your van overnight increases the risk of theft. Whenever possible, remove valuable tools from the van and store them in a secure location.
If you must leave tools in the vehicle, consider using lockable tool boxes or cabinets within the van. These can provide an extra barrier and deter thieves who may be looking for quick and easy targets.
Educating your team about the importance of preventing tool theft is crucial. Train your employees to be vigilant and take necessary security measures when using and parking the van. Encourage them to report any suspicious activities or concerns promptly.
Regularly communicate security protocols and provide guidance on how to secure tools and equipment properly. By creating a culture of security awareness, you can significantly reduce the risk of tool theft.
It’s proven that Telematics can help boost productivity, employee efficiency and fleet operations as a whole; all the while reducing detention, idling, hazardous driver behaviour, fuel consumption and vehicle maintenance costs.
Fleetsmart offer a range of the latest Telematics technology at extremely cost effective prices with scalable options starting from just £6.95 per vehicle per month. With a clear multitude of performance enhancing and money saving reasons to implement telematics to your vehicles, now might be the time to upgrade your fleet.