Did you know you can purchase van keys on websites like e-Bay which can easily be reprogrammed to open your van? More worryingly, sophisticated scammers are using cloning methods to ‘grab’ the code sent by electronic keys and they can easily copy the signal afterwards to gain access to your vehicle when they like. Once they have access it doesn’t take much to programme a new electronic key using transponder cloning equipment. This is obviously worrying, but one way you can fight back and ensure your commercial remains in your possession is to fit a new set of van locks to prevent this type of crime.
Benefits of Van Locks
Fitting aftermarket locks to your van is a guaranteed way to improve your vehicle’s security, not only by making It harder to steal but also adding a visual deterrent to any potential thieves that your van has additional protection and wouldn’t be an easy job.
The normal case for van thefts is the vehicle in question doesn’t look like a hard target and will have something valuable, e.g. tools for a trade or something for transporting.
The most common way of entering a vehicle is brute force, simply put smashing the locks until they break. Most vans are weak to this type of attack due to basic and common types of locks installed from the factory.
Another common way of gaining unauthorised entry to a van is by picking the lock, because most locks contain springs it’s actually possible to do this for vans as well. The best way to combat this method is to install another lock such as a deadlock which can’t be picked.
Different Types of Van Locks
There are many different types of security locks you can fit in a commercial vehicle including deadlocks and slam locks, which are two of the most popular options offering a high level of security. Fitted with a deadlock, you can leave your van overnight safe in the knowledge it’s going to be fine during your absence.
Slamlocks are great too, especially if you are making deliveries and need to make multiple drops on a frequent basis. When this type of lock is fitted, you need to physically unlock the door every time it is closed, making it the perfect solution for same-day couriers or multi-drop parcel delivery drivers.
Who Can Fit Them?
In order to fit these locks, they must be fitted and checked by an experienced auto locksmith specialist who will help to advise you of the various lock types available and match the lock type to the model of the van. This ensures the perfect fit for that particular vehicle, which is something our team specialises in at Autotronix.
Is It Time To Upgrade Your Van Locks?
Speak to us here at Autotronix and see how we can be of service to you. If you are worried about vehicle security and want to add an extra level of protection for your van, we have the ideal option for you. All you have to do is contact us today to discuss your van lock requirements or call for more details on 01908 596 108.