Top Vans to choose for Security
No van is 100% secure when faced with the most dedicated of lock pickers and thieves. Reported break-ins on top vans like Ford Transits are deemed higher in recent years due to the sheer volume of vehicles on the road. Even though there is not a foolproof anti-theft van available, you can enhance the security on your vans in many ways. Depending on the type of business you are running depends on the type of van that you will need. For parcel deliveries, you are more than likely looking for a big cabbed van like a Ford Transit or a Mercedes Sprinter. For a tradesman, you are more likely looking for the smaller variety of van like a VW Caddy.
Security for vans | Optional add-ons
One of the most secure security devices you can purchase is a Stoplok. It is typically fitted to the rear doors of the van and it makes it difficult for crowbars to prize the doors open. This is a good security feature for vans with weak lock mechanisms. It’s worth researching the lock mechanism on your van for its reliability and reputation. If you feel you need more security then a Stoplok is the way to go.
Diskloks are a security product that covers the steering wheel. Diskloks are highly recommended by the Police as an anti-theft device. They come in a range of sizes to fit most standard vehicles. Having a Disklok can also reduce your premiums with certain insurers. A definite bonus!
Placing Window Security Film over your van windows can delay and put off possible thieves. Some films can even deflect an attack – depending on the quality of the film you purchase. The film catches splintered glass within 2 layers and a thief will need precious time to smash their way through.
If you attach a GPS tracker to your van this makes it easier for the Police to track the route and location of your stolen vehicle.
You can also purchase a Dash Cam. Whilst this might be seen as something thieves might want to break into steal – it can also catch the face of the thief!! They can be linked to any device like a mobile or computer so you can have visual evidence to show the police.
Armaplates can be purchased and placed on your van for extra security on the lock mechanisms.They are normally steel plated. They can be placed on all locks or just the rear doors.
Alarms and Immobilisers
Thatcham alarms and Immobilisers. If you have purchased these to secure your van then this is a good form of security protection. This is the best alarm that you can buy for your van. The added bonus is that this can reduce your insurance premium with some insurers.
You can purchase deadlocks to be placed on your van. If you open the van via the rear or back doors, then deadlocks can automatically close and lock after you. This is a great detail if you are a delivery driver. It ensures your van is locked and protected even when you have your hands full.
Van Vault Box
Purchasing the Van Vault Box is perfect if you have tools that you store in the van overnight. This fort of a box gives your tools some protection if your van is at risk of being broken into for its contents. This can be fitted into the van via bolts. It is made from 2mm sheet steel metal and has a hydraulic arm to assist with the opening of the lid. There are different types of these boxes for different tools and they can all be fitted and bolted together. Perfect if your whole van is filled with tools.
Contents insurance for your van
If you have the proper Van and Contents insurance, then this is probably the most helpful tool. Most people forget to insure the contents of their vehicle. In the case of the break-in and theft of your van – if you have the correct insurance you will be able to claim back for your loss.
Top rated vans for security
Some of the top-rated Vans for higher security are the Nissan Primastar, Ford Transit, and VW Caddy just to name a few.
The Nissan Primastar
The Primastar was voted one of the best secure vans available at the moment. It is recognised by the UK Government and the Department for Transport. They have received numerous awards for their effort in minimising the disruption of crime and break-ins.
The Ford Transit
One of the most well-known vans on the streets today. Most Transit Van owners add extra security to the inside of the back of the van by lining the sides with plywood. The exterior metal can be quite weak and therefore easy to break through. By adding the internal plywood it reinforces the sides and is another pause to possible thieves. All Transit vans are protected by Anti-tamper shielding. This helps prevent them being taken by force.
The Volkswagen Caddy (VW Caddy)
The Caddy is a smaller scale van, but VW has put stronger lock mechanisms on their vans to help with security. VW have installed deadlocks on their vehicles as well. This means that when you open the side/rear door of the van, it automatically closes and locks after you. This is a great security measure – especially if you deliver parcels, you don’t always have the free hands to close and lock up after getting the parcel out the back.
The Vauxhall Vivaro
Another popular van of choice. Garrison SlamPlate Handles come as standard with this van and is a great added security feature. You can also opt for additional Garrison SlamPlate and deadlocked features for the Vauxhall range. The previously mentioned Thatcham category 1 and 2 immobilisers and alarms are an optional add-on for the Vivaro.
The Mercedes Sprinter
Whilst the Sprinter is bold in its style comfort, size and tech, the Sprinter seems to have weak mechanisms on its locks on the side and rear. You can buy steel Armaplates that fit over the mechanisms for extra support and protection from break-ins.
I think it is important that you really research the specific type of van that is for your needs. There are so many different varieties and it is easy to get confused with them all. Once you have figured out the van that is for you then, you can customise the security that is needed if not all!!
Although nothing is foolproof, there is a lot of prevention equipment available to try and prohibit break-ins and theft. If this does happen, having all the correct insurance coverage for not only the van but the contents as well then you can reclaim some sort of compensation from what has been taken from you. The manufacturers try to comply with the safety regulations, but there is personal security that is your responsibility too. If you don’t have deadlocks and bolts, then always lock your vans up. If you have secure tools stored in the van overnight, then try and purchase a secure lock toolbox or remove them from the vehicle if you’re unsure.