How safe are the tools in the back of your van?
Tool theft can be a big problem if you have a trade and depend on them to do your work. I’d hate to think how much it would cost to replace the equipment I keep in my van or how much time and hassle would be involved sourcing new ones should I lose them.
Sure I’ve got insurance but many of my tools come from over seas and it would take some time before I would be able to resume work.
What security does your van have?
Whilst nearly all new vans come with a factory immobiliser most are lacking an alarm. The ones that do have an alarm tend to be very basic without load area movement sensors so remain vulnerable to break-ins. Do not assume that the manufacture system will protect your tools. Having keyless entry does not mean that your van has an alarm!
Do not rely on the factory door switches alone as these will not trigger the alarm if a door is peeled open, or access is gained via a window.
Below is a list of the most common vans in New Zealand. Click on the link to get a detailed overview of what each van comes with and what upgrades I recommend.