It's claimed a van is broken into and its contents are stolen every 23 minutes in the UK1. This is costing businesses hundreds of thousands of pounds in lost revenue, stock and property – with Fleet Managers unable to keep their business moving. And police figures suggest van theft has risen by nearly two-thirds in two years, with 22,749 instances of tools being stolen from vehicles in the year 2016/17 alone¹. So, what's the answer?
On one hand, the equipment being used by criminals is some of the most advanced ever seen in automotive security – making it possible to re-programme keys in seconds. Vans with keyless access are also a target, as thieves can now use technology to pick up fob signals and start engines as they please.
Equally, less sophisticated new methods have recently become popular, such as "peel and steal", where criminals simply use their bodyweight to press on the van, then lift open the top of the side door. Rudimentary skeleton keys, readily available online, are also being used more and more.
Even driver error can be to blame – incidents where vehicles were entered through an unlocked door increased from 13% in the year ending March 2006 to 43% in the year ending March 20162.