Empty your van/car before someone else does

December 21, 2016

Thefts from vans/cars cause loss of earnings and serious disruption to all businesses, and especially SMEs.  The theft of power tools, easy to sell equipment and useful hedge cutters means a loss of tools of the trade, especially if your insurers are reluctant to pay out a claim.

In a recent case a colleague only discovered the policy, that he understood would cover his tools of business, only covered the computer - not the tools of his particular business – power tools and lawn mowers.  If someone says you are covered it is wise to get confirmation in writing.

The Police and WIW have a long list of hints and tips to deter thieves such as:

  • Don’t tempt thieves by leaving items visible in your car or van,
  • Do lock vehicle doors at all times, even when carrying out work nearby or delivering goods. 
  • Do park so that rear doors of van are up against a garage door or wall to prevent easy access
  • Be aware that when you press the fob to lock your car, check that the doors are locked; unfortunately someone could be nearby with a “remote blocker” and stop your car from locking.

Keep safe and try to deter the thieves.