Vans broken into in the Bournemouth area 

There have been a number of vans entered and tools and other equipment stolen. Thieves are actively targeting these vans and, in some cases, bypassing the standard vehicle security installed.

Keep it locked

It might sound obvious, but it’s sometimes easy to forget: make sure that all of your van’s doors and windows are locked when you’re outside the vehicle, even if it’s just for a minute. You might just be nipping out, but as thieves become more sophisticated, it can take them barely any time to make off with your valuables.

Internal locking

Inside the van itself, make sure that tools and other objects are properly secured. Consider using padlocks or specialist locking devices to make your tools as difficult as possible to remove from the vehicle. See Van Vault information

Alarm it – add additional sounders

look at the advanced alarm systems now on the market. Look out for alarms that are rated Thatcham CAT 1 – these are the highest-rated alarm systems currently available, as determined by the Thatcham Research group.

Think about parking

When you’re parking your van, even for short periods, you should think carefully about where you stop. Parking with the rear or side doors against a wall or very sturdy railings will help to ensure that they can’t be prised open.

Where possible, make sure you park in well-lit areas with lots of foot traffic, and ideally with CCTV cameras in sight.

Keep record of serial numbers

Keep a record of serial numbers and identifying features such as scuffs/marks. This will make it easier for the police to repatriate your tools in the event of the offenders being caught.  Often offenders are prolific and when caught will have tools from a number of crimes – Unless they are marked and traceable the police will struggle to prove that the tools are yours. 

Van security products

Security Marking and use of SMARTWATER  – this will mark your products making them traceable.  The use of stickers and signs on the outside of the vehicle acts as a deterrent. Easily applied and your unique smart water will make your tools identifiable.

UV Marking

Use Ultra Violet Marking pens and write your postcode followed by a / then your house/business number.

Alpha Dots

just 1mm in diameter – printed with a unique PIN (Personal Identification Number) registered to you. When applied to your valuables, if they are lost or stolen, the police can return them to you as soon as they are recovered.  Each Alpha Dot pot contains over a thousand of these tiny microdots that can be used to secure and protect every part of a wide range of items. See


The rear doors of your van are one of the most important entry points that need to be protected. The device links the two rear doors together, making it much more difficult for thieves to pull them apart. It’s worth noting that the Stoplock needs to be drilled into the doors themselves, so you may require a professional installer to get started.

Van Vault

Ideally you wouldn’t keep your tools in your van when you’re not also in it, but sometimes this is unavoidable, especially if you’re on a job. Van Vault is a van security company that offers a range of solutions for protecting different tool types. They produce van safes – or ‘vaults’ – in a variety of shapes and sizes, each designed for different objects, including one specifically for copper piping stored on the roof.


Dashcams are becoming increasingly popular as a tool in the event of road accidents, but they also have uses for preventing theft and keeping tools safe in a van. Many dashcams have a special mode that senses movement around your vehicle even when it’s parked, and records them approaching. This can be extremely useful in the unfortunate event that your van is broken into, and can often be invaluable in catching the perpetrators.

Think about insuring your tools

Even the most careful van owners can still come a cropper when it comes to security. However hard you try, you might still fall victim to theft. In these cases, it’s vital that you’re insured so that you can get your business back on its feet as quickly as possible. Tool insurance should be a key consideration for every tradesman. Whether you own your tools or are hiring them in, this insurance can cover the cost of replacing stolen or damaged items.

Note: where products are listed, we do so for information and as an example of what can be obtained. NBCPP does not endorse any product nor offer any guarantees that by fitting these items it will prevent your vehicle from being targeted