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Comparing different types of locks for Van Security

28th November 2019


Stolen commercial vans are a serious problem for any business that is dependent on this type of transport. Most thefts of this type remain unresolved and the vehicle is never returned. Many vehicles are either sold on or broken down for parts – or have been stolen in order to access expensive tools and equipment that are stored inside. Although commercial van thefts are a little less common than they used to be they still remain a serious threat to business continuity and cash flow. Van locks can provide essential protection and help to ensure that thieves are prevented or deterred.

Van lock options for better security

  • High visibility locks. If deterrence is a primary concern then a high visibility lock will be essential. On its own this type of lock won’t be enough to provide comprehensive security. However, it can be fitted to rear and side doors to enhance security and stop thieves who might be seeking out high value tools or something else from the van interior. The best of these locks are made from high security steel. All will indicate that the vehicle has been heavily secured.
  • Slamlocks. This simple type of lock does what it says on the tin – when the door is slammed shut the lock will activate. The lock can be either key operated or remote controlled but key operated is generally considered to be the more secure. This is because a single key holder is required to gain access to the lock – plus, there are a wide range of devices that exist today to hack a remote control. You should consider slamlocks for your van if you’re looking for protection against opportunistic thieves who want to steal a vehicle that has been left for a short period of time.
  • Deadlocks. The structure of a deadlock uses a bolt and requires a key in order to open the mechanism. Because there is no spring inside a deadlock it is much more difficult to force this type of lock open. The only downside of deadlocks is that they need to be manually locked and unlocked, which can slow down entry to – and exit from – the vehicle. Remote control options are available but, again, tend to be less secure.
  • Encasing locks in steel plates. This method of reinforcing locks can be very effective when it comes to ensuring entry cannot be gained to a vehicle. Steel plates can be self-adhesive and can also be bolted on to the outside of a vehicle to provide protection for existing locks. Security is considerably enhanced as the locks themselves cannot be accessed other than by getting through the steel plates that are protecting them.

Installing robust locks is essential for any business dependent on a vehicle, whether there is insurance in place or not. The range of locks available, as well as additional precautions such as steel plates, provide lots of options that can be tailored to the design of the van and the value of its contents.

Why not get in touch to discuss how TAD Comms can cater for making your vehicle more secure.


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