WHAT TECHNIQUES DO THIEVES USE TO BREAK INTO VANS AND STEAL EVERYTHING?

AND HOW CAN YOU STOP YOUR VAN FROM BEING BROKEN INTO?

When you spend 30,000 euros (or more) on a van, you’d expect it to be well-protected, wouldn’t you? Nothing could be further from the truth! The standard door locks on a van are easy for thieves to force. Contractors fall victim to theft every day. Even the very latest vans can be broken into in less than a minute. How do thieves do it? And even more importantly, how can you stop your van from being broken into?

WHAT METHODS ARE USED BY THIEVES?

In order to stop your van from being broken into, you must first of all know how thieves can get into your van. We have described the most common methods below:

1. FORCING THE LOCK

The standard lock on the latest vans can be opened in no time using a set of pliers. An Englishman made a video of this in order to warn other van owners. He shows how the lock can be forced and the doors of the van can be opened in less than a minute.

2. INTERCEPTING THE CAR KEY CODE

Nowadays, most vans have a car key which can remotely lock and unlock your van safely. At least you would think so. Unfortunately, these keys make your van easy to hack.

Each time you press the unlock or lock button on your car key, the key sends a code to your van. A thief can intercept that code using a 40-euro radio receiver. The intercepted codes can be used to predict the next code. With the help of a transmitter, the thief can then unlock your van quite easily or make sure that the signal from your key never reaches your van so that it remains unlocked. Your alarm system can also be disabled in this way.

3. RELAY ATTACK METHOD

The latest vans are often fitted with a keyless ignition system. An electronic transmitter is used to unlock the van automatically (from your trouser pocket) and you turn on the ignition at the press of a button. Very handy but also susceptible to hacking.

Vans with a keyless ignition system are increasingly being unlocked by means of so-called “relay attacks”. This method involves a thief intercepting the signal from your smart key using a smart computer, amplifying it and then sending it to someone with a transmitter near to your van. Your van thinks that the real key is nearby and opens the doors. And because there is no sign of forced entry, your insurer won’t pay out either.

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HOW CAN YOU STOP YOUR VAN FROM BEING BROKEN INTO?

With these methods used by thieves in mind, it is therefore important to always make sure that your van is properly locked by checking the door. Anyone with keyless entry should always keep their remote in a metal sleeve, box or tin. This will prevent the key card from being hacked. The metal will act as a Faraday cage which electrical fields cannot penetrate. That way you can stop thieves from breaking into your van without any sign of forced entry and your insurer refusing to pay out.

For more tips, see also: How a contractor can prevent theft from his van?

EXTRA MEASURES TO PREVENT THEFT

Fitting an extra alarm system is advisable in order to prevent theft. However, these can also be hacked. If you really want to stop your van from being broken into, then you would be better to choose a non-electronic solution such as an extra lock or locking system. A security lock will make it virtually impossible to break in and also deters thieves.

WHAT TYPE OF LOCK IS THE MOST SUITABLE?

Want to find out which lock is most suitable for your van? See the article; Van security what types are there and work the best?

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