Here at ALA GAP Insurance we understand that keeping your van safe and secure is important – there’s value in the vehicle itself and also anything you store in it, whether that’s tools and equipment or bikes and buggies.
Any vehicle that you use on a day-to-day basis also holds non-monetary value, as an important item that helps enable your lifestyle. All of this means that security should be a top priority for anyone who owns a van.
There are many ways to protect your van, from investing in a state-of-the-art alarm, immobiliser and tracking system, to choosing only to park it in well-lit, busy areas. You should also make sure you have adequate van insurance just in case the worst should happen.
Choosing a van
Good security should be near the top of your wish-list when you first buy your van. Most modern vans come with a good range of security features but if they’re not included as standard and you’re buying brand new, consider asking for alarms and immobilisers, as well as deadlocks or slamlocks for doors. It might also be worth opting for a removable CD player or radio, and unglazed rear doors so any contents are concealed.
Van security features
Alarms and immobilisers are popular anti-theft devices and vary in price. There are also lots of relatively cheap ways to deter thieves, including:
- Locking wheel nuts
- A lockable fuel cap
- A handbrake lock
- A steering wheel lock
It’s also important to protect your catalytic converter because thefts are on the rise as criminals target the valuable precious metals inside these components. There are numerous catalytic converter anti-theft devices available on the market.
Van contents security
Out of sight is often out of mind so, if you can, choose a van with no rear windows. Better still, remove contents at night if possible. Also, don’t leave any items on display, such as mobiles and sat-navs.
Keep a record of anything usually kept in the vehicle and save the receipts for expensive items. This will help if your van or its contents are ever stolen. You might also want to add security tags to any valuables to improve your chances of them being returned to you.
Parking your van safely
It sounds obvious but make sure all windows are shut and your van is locked every time you leave it. Always aim to park your van in a busy, well-lit areas that have CCTV, and never leave the keys inside, not even for a minute.
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