Pro Installer December 2020 - Issue 93 - Page 37

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There were 11,729 recorded incidents of contents theft from vans / light commercial vehicles in the first six months of 2020 , according to Logistics UK ’ s Van Security Report . So how can operators foil would-be thieves and protect their valuable vehicles ? Denise Beedell , Logistics UK ’ s Policy Manager for Vans and Urban , will be launching the report at the virtual Van Operational Briefing on 6 November 2020 , with a presentation on how to minimise the risk of these potentially costly thefts .
Ms Beedell comments : “ On average , organisations surveyed by Logistics UK have had items stolen from their vans four times in the past 12 months , costing each business around £ 4,250 in total . Vans are essential to UK businesses and we must ensure operators are aware of theft risks and are up to date on guidance for minimising them . Logistics UK ’ s Van Operational Briefing is the perfect opportunity to identify ways to minimise risk and ensure that vans stay on the road , serving British businesses .”
The event – sponsored by The AA , Bott Ltd , Brigade Electronics , Hertz UK , Lex Autolease , Quartix and TVL – will use state-of-the-art technology to create an engaging and immersive experience .
Delegates will have the opportunity to engage with leading logistics industry suppliers online in the virtual Exhibition Hall , as well as having the option to download brochures , thought leadership content and whitepapers showcasing the latest technical innovations .
Other topics to be covered include fleet electrification , enforcement and trailer safety , and recent developments on urban restrictions , such as the latest information on air quality schemes .
Places at Logistics UK ’ s Van Operational Briefing can be booked for £ 75 + VAT per person and is open to both members and non-members . To find out more , and to secure your place today , visit www . logistics . org . uk / vob or call 03717 11 22 22 *.
Logistics UK ( formerly FTA ) is one of the UK ’ s leading business groups , representing logistics businesses
Van Security Report
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which are vital to keeping the UK trading , and more than seven million people directly employed in the making , selling and moving of goods . With COVID-19 , Brexit , new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain , logistics has never been more important to UK plc . Logistics UK supports , shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics , and is the only business group which represents the whole industry , with members from the road , rail , sea and air industries , as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods . For more information about the organisation and its work , including its ground-breaking research into the impacts of COVID-19 on the whole supply chain , please visit logistics . org . uk
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Last year saw vehicle thefts rise by a staggering 50 % in the UK , and again by a further 20 % so far this year – the highest level in four years . With cases worsening during lockdown , motorists are now being warned that they face a greater risk of vehicle theft now that the nation is making fewer trips in their vehicles and spending more time at home .
The cost of a lost or damaged vehicle can quickly mount up for any business owner , not only due to the replacement of the vehicle , but also the effect of doing business with a reduced fleet . With thefts on the rise , business owners are quickly realising that securing their fleet and its contents can be imperative to the operational stability of their businesses .
Yet the RAC reported that only 42 % of new vans are produced with an alarm fitted as standard , with 5.5 % not even having the capability to have one fitted .
Automotive locksmiths are specialists in their field , possessing the knowledge on how to utilise , adapt and develop the right products on the market to maximise security for both commercial and private vehicles . From on-board diagnostic ( OBD ) port protectors to anti-scan wallets – there are a number of solutions available to create strong sales opportunities for locksmiths who work in this field .
In support of this , Mul- T-Lock offers an extensive range of advanced products that provide protection to commercial and private vehicles of all varieties . These include lock cases , Thatcham accredited slam locks , deadlocks , euro cylinders , camlocks , and padlocks .
Mul-T-Lock ’ s solutions for commercial applications have been specifically designed for durability , robustness and ease-ofuse – allowing motorists to access their equipment and goods without hassle .
Quality is also of paramount importance when it comes to automotive
security protection . Many factors such as wet weather and road gritting during the icy months can get into vehicle locking mechanisms causing rusting , damage and failure , but Mul-T-Lock products are developed to withstand these conditions .
Designed and manufactured to the highest specification and quality , each product is typically adapted to suit the market ’ s needs – having evolved into heavy-duty commercial offerings , Mul-T-Lock ’ s product range allows users to ‘ fit and forget ’, allowing them to focus on the job at hand .
Mul-T-Lock ’ s ArmaDLock was designed to fortify the security of commercial vehicles , in particular , those carrying goods and equipment . Simple to use and install , ArmaDLock fits almost any type of vehicle door , both rear and sliding .
With these darker evenings , now is the time for automotive locksmiths to get fully stocked for the busy period ahead . From domestic customers to commercial and fleet clients , there is no doubt that vehicle crime is affecting all markets and is set to rise over the winter months .
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