Did you catch this recent story on the BBC reporting an interview with a top police officer from Avon and Somerset Police who said he refuses to "throw taxpayers' money around as a placebo" to investigate tool theft amid complaints of an "epidemic" in Bristol.
While some of the remarks made in this interview were at best tactless, the fact is no security measures, however good, will deter a determined thief. That said, most van and tool thefts are opportunistic, which is why it’s important to deter the opportunistic thief.
Here are a few simple measures you can take to protect your van and livelihood over the Easter bank holiday weekend:
Park your van tightly into a corner, or close to another vehicle, to protect the rear and side doors.
Secure your van with a combination of physical and digital locks.
Make sure your van security is visible. Use van stickers to say that no tools are left in your van overnight.
Make sure you have a record of your tools and cargo. Take pictures, and store receipts securely. A great app to help you store your photos and copies of receipts is Evernote.
Mark your tools with a UV pen.
Invest in a van alarm.
Get a tool security box like this selection from Armorgard. There’s a large selection on the market. If you need advice on the right tool security box for you, give us a call and we’d be happy to advise.
Finally, a reminder to sign the #noVANber petition if you haven’t done so already.
What advice do you have for fellow tradespeople to help them to protect their van from tool theft?Let us know in the comments box below.
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