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Protect Your Van from Peel and Steal Thefts

12/07/2023 van with tools

Van drivers who carry valuable tools and equipment in their vehicles may be at risk of becoming a victim of an increasingly common and potentially devastating crime: peel and steal theft.

What are peel and steal thefts?

Peel and steal is a technique used by burglars to break into vans and purloin the contents. It involves bending the top of the van's side-door downwards, reaching inside and removing anything of value. Expert burglars can achieve this in around 30 seconds, making alarms next to useless. The technique is also sometimes called 'peek and seek'.

According to recent figures, this kind of theft has risen by nearly two-thirds in two years, with campaigners estimating that these crimes are taking place multiple times every day in the UK. Yorkshire, Leicestershire and the West Midlands are the worst affected areas, but no region is safe from this threat.

How can you prevent peel and steal thefts?

There are some steps you can take to improve your van security and deter thieves from using this technique, such as:

  • Installing extra locks on your doors to strengthen them
  • Parking in busy, well-lit areas with your most vulnerable door against a wall
  • Removing tools from your van whenever possible
  • Researching the security vulnerabilities of your vehicle type and speaking to experts for advice
  • Hiding a toolbox tracker in your tool box to locate it in case of theft

However, none of these measures can guarantee that your van will not be targeted by peel and steal thieves. That's why you need a more effective and reliable solution: anti-peel brackets.

What are anti-peel brackets?

Anti-peel brackets are specially designed metal plates that are fitted on the sliding door of your van. They prevent thieves from peeling open the door by creating a strong barrier that cannot be bent or cut. They are compatible with most van models and do not affect the normal operation of the door.

Anti-peel brackets are the best way to protect your van from peel and steal thefts, as they make it virtually impossible for burglars to access your vehicle. They also act as a visible deterrent, as thieves will recognise them and move on to an easier target.

Where can you get anti-peel brackets?

To upgrade your van security with anti-peel brackets, you need to contact a competent locksmith. If you are in Norwich or surrounding areas, you can come to us! PT Lock & Safe is an authorised dealer and installer of Locks 4 Vans products, including anti-peel brackets.

Locks 4 Vans is the UK's leading manufacturer of van security solutions, with over 20 years of experience in the industry. Their anti-peel brackets are made of high-quality steel and come with a lifetime warranty. They also offer a range of other products to enhance your van security, such as deadlocks, slamlocks, hooklocks, armaplates and more. We are happy to advise on which of these products are a worthwhile investment for the level of security you require.

PT Lock & Safe can install anti-peel brackets on your van quickly and professionally, at a competitive price. Call us today on 01603 812613 to arrange an upgrade to your van security.