Commercial vehicle security

  • When parking, try to leave your vehicle in a well-lit and secure area. Try to use reputable overnight lorry parks or park with other drivers.

  • Try to use a variety of busy parking areas during stop-overs. Make sure your vehicle is secure and, if possible, within sight. Don’t talk about your load or your route.
  • Make sure identification numbers are etched into the trailer chassis, and use locks, such as those that can lock the king pin, when trailers are not in use.

  • Always make sure spare wheels and batteries are secured to the vehicle and are marked for easy identification with permanent markers or paint.

  • All doors and access flaps should have additional locks. A good idea is to have slam locks fitted to the doors, and shutters which automatically lock when the driver slams the door shut. Tilt locks can also be used. These can help delay entry to the engine area where immobilisation equipment might be kept.

  • Alarms can be useful in two ways. First, the loud noise serves as a warning and deterrent. Second, if combined with an immobilisation system, they can delay entry and put added pressure on the would-be thief.

  • Various alarms and detectors can be fitted, including simple rear-door ignition alarms, activated if  the doors are opened while the ignition system is on; inertia sensors, which detect vibration, and glass detectors, which activate on the sound of breaking glass.