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Advice guide - Securing your commercial vehicle

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Advice on securing your commercial vehicle

Follow these simple steps to keep your commercial vehicle secure.

  • Lock all doors and close all windows every time your vehicle in unattended, however briefly.
  • Always remove the ignition keys and never leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running.
  • Always keep your vehicle keys in a safe place, out of sight and away from windows and doors.
  • Consider fitting number plate security screws.
  • Fit your wheels with lockable wheel nuts. Protect the spare wheel from being stolen by fitting a spare wheel guard.
  • Don’t park in isolated areas to do paperwork of for a meal break. Park in car parks which are part of the police approved ‘Park Mark’ scheme.

Other security options for your vehicle

  • Invest in a professionally installed alarm.
  • Use a catalytic converter protection device or marking system
  • Invest in a tracking system to enable you to track the vehicles location.
  • Fit an immobiliser to prevent the vehicle from starting.
  • Install an On Board Diagnostic or Engine Control Unit protection device.
  • Consider installing an in-vehicle surveillance camera.
  • Use a pedal box to encase all pedals and prevent access.

These websites provide details of products that could help protect your vehicle:

  • Approved Thatcham alarm installers: www.thatcham.org
  • Catalytic converter marking systems: www.retainagroup.com
  • Products to enhance vehicle security: www.soldsecure.com

Securing your fleet of commercial vehicles

  • Give drivers training in security measures for their vehicle and the company’s premises.
  • Check drivers understand and use the security equipment fitted to their vehicle. The same goes for security equipment on your premises.
  • Use photo identification cards for drivers and keep signed photos of all your drivers for personal records.
  • Restrict knowledge about loads to only those who need to know.
  • The pre-loading of vehicles, normally for early morning departures, should be kept to an absolute minimum.
  • Make sure all drivers have access to some form of mobile communication device.
  • Keep in regular contact with drivers to identify/confirm routes, stops and estimates times of arrival.
  • Don’t allow drivers to give lifts, or to have unauthorised people in the vehicle.

Securing the contents of your commercial vehicle

  • Keep expensive equipment in a storage box that is fixed to the floor of the van.
  • Use notices which say that no valuable items are stored in the van overnight.
  • Mark all items with a visible marking system.
  • Take all your belongings with you when you leave your vehicle If you are unable to do this do not leave your items on display.
  • All vehicle equipment, whether you can remove it or not, should be permanently marked, in a visible place, with vehicles registration number.

Find more information and guides on our crime prevention advice page.

To speak to our Crime Prevention Unit about protecting your property and reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime, email crime.prevention@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

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