Securing your van
Tips for van drivers about how to keep vans safe and secure, covering security features, parking and van insurance
Vans and their contents are rich pickings for thieves and vandals so security should be a key concern. Wherever you park your van, its security features and van insurance are all things that should be uppermost in your mind as a van owner.
Whether you’re buying a new van or looking to upgrade security on your current van, the following security features all have a part to play in keeping your van and its contents safe and secure.
- Locking wheel nuts
- Lockable fuel cap
- Bonded Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) on the dashboard
- Removable stereo
- Handbrake lock
- Steering wheel lock
- Warning stickers displayed on the outside of the vehicle
- To check out a new van’s security rating visit the Thatcham website
- If you’re modifying a van’s security features, make sure you let your van insurance provider know as it could affect your cover.
Security features are all well and good but you can take further steps to keep your van secure when it’s parked up.
- Remove tools and equipment from the van whenever possible, particularly overnight
- Use busy, well-lit and secure parking areas
- Lock your van’s doors and close windows when left unattended
- Do not leave items on display
- Don’t leave the keys inside
Insurance also has a role to play when it comes to van security. Before taking out insurance, ask your van insurance provider the following questions so that if the worst happens you know you have adequate cover to meet your needs.
- What’s included in the policy and what’s expected from you?
- Are goods in transit included in the policy?
- Is windscreen and window repair covered by the insurance?
- If personal belongings are damaged or stolen will this be covered by the policy?
- Will a replacement van be provided if yours is stolen or damaged?
- Will the van’s contents (other than personal belongings) be insured in the event of damage or theft?
Fitting van security features and finding a safe place to park should go some way to reducing the likelihood of your van and its contents being damaged or stolen. However, if you’ve taken out adequate van insurance cover then should the worst happen then you can rest safe in the knowledge that you’ll be back on the road in no time with minimum stress, hassle and disruption.
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