The average value of vans stolen and recovered last year was £19,333, with 44% being stolen using the owner’s keys.
That is according to the latest figures from TRACKER, which claims to have recovered over half a million pounds of Light Commercial Vehicles in 2016. The stolen vehicle recovery company is urging business owners to ramp up the security on their vans.
“The theft of a van can hit companies really hard regardless of their size, such as the loss of valuable tools and equipment, loss of business and costs associated with hiring a replacement, so van operators really need to consider protecting their vehicles,” Andy Barrs, the Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER, said. He added that Mercedes-Benz Sprinters were often targeted by organised criminal gangs.
Unlike other stolen vehicle recovery devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container.
“Although using a TRACKER may not stop vehicles from being stolen in the first place, it dramatically increases the likelihood of it being recovered before it’s too late,” Andy Barrs concluded.