Beware of Peel and Steal Van Theft

How to prevent peel and steal van theft from affecting your vehicle

Van theft image by Welcomia (via Shutterstock).

Peel and Steal van theft has risen in recent years, which has led to many tradespeople losing their tools. Image by Welcomia (via Shutterstock).

Over the last year, there is one kind of van theft that has risen in popularity. That of a method known as Peel and Steal. Also known as Peek and Seek, all thieves need to do is grab the top of the van’s back or side doors with their fingers. Then they put their knees against the doors and use their own strength to pull down the doors. Afterwards, they reach for the tools, run off with them and you can guess the rest.

This form of van theft can affect any vehicle, no matter which kind of locks are used. In a survey by Simply Business, 98% of tradespeople in the UK fear tool theft. It is estimated that the UK has five reported Peel and Steal incidents a week.

Yet, preventing your van from Peel and Steal incidents doesn’t cost the earth. All you need to do is:

  1. Have a suitable alarm system fitted and add extra locks to your van.
  2. Park your van’s back doors against the wall, or close to the wall, to deny potential thieves from accessing your vehicle.
  3. If you need to leave your tools in your van, park your vehicle on a busy well lit road.
  4. Or, make sure you empty your tools from your van. Though your van could still be a target for Peel and Steal related theft, at least your tools won’t be stolen.

If you are about to purchase a new van, or a fleet of vans, make sure you check each model for their security features. Go along with a model that is burglarproof.

JR Security Devices, 06 September 2017.