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How to keep your tools and van secure

The first rule of storing tools in your van is ‘don’t store tools in your van’ – not if you can possibly avoid it anyway. Your tools are the backbone of your business, and without them you’ll be out of business until you can borrow or buy replacements.

Of course, it’s not always possible to remove all your tools from your van, especially when you are out and about working. But if you can, you should always remove your tools from your van when you’ve finished for the day so that you know they are safe overnight.

Secure your van

If you have lots of heavy tools in your van, it’s not always practical to keep taking them out and putting them back in every day, so you need to make sure your van is as secure as possible. There are lots of ways to do this:

  • Make sure it’s locked – don’t just trust your remote fob; check the doors for yourself, as criminals have been known to deliberately block the signal from remote locking devices.
  • Fit an alarm – a Thatcham approved alarm is recommended by most insurers
  • Park safely – always park in a well-lit area that can be seen from your home or on your driveway
  • Fit security lights – if your driveway is dark, fit motion sensitive security lights to deter potential thieves.
  • Fit deadlocks and grilles – most thieves are opportunists so the more obvious security features your van has, the more likely they are to move on to an easier target.
  • Keep tools out of sight – lock away tools in secure boxes so that they aren’t a temptation for opportunists.

Protect your tools

It’s worth taking the time to security mark your tools. There are a number of ways of doing this, from professional engraving to UV pens that mark your postcode on items. Even carving or burning your postcode into the handle will help. Security marked tools are less attractive to thieves as they are harder to sell. Security marks also help you get your tools back if they are recovered by the police.

You should make a list of your valuable tools, including make, model and serial number, to help the police identify stolen goods and to help you with your insurance claim if they are taken.

Tools in transit insurance

If the worst comes to the worst, and your van is still broken into, despite all your precautions, you need to make sure that your tools are covered by your insurance.

Octagon offers three levels of tools in transit insurance to protect your tools, covering £500, £1,000 or £2,500 worth of tools and equipment. The fast claims processing will help you replace your tools and get you back in business as soon as possible.

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