Van security has always been a problem. Waking up in the morning to find the tools missing from you van is not a new thing. However, despite all the advances in technology, the problem is actually getting worse rather than better. Our latest van to go under the spotlight is the Ford Custom and it doesn’t come out well.
Why is this?
We’ve looked at how to grade the van security as simply as possible. Manufacturers will list the added security fearures of deadlocks, alarms and immobilisers. However the simple test is this…if someone tries to break into my van, how difficut is it for them?
With the Ford Custom, someone at the design centre has really dropped a clanger. They’ve spent lots of money on how the van looks and from the drivers seat, the view is all bling. However, bling doesn’t to stop someone sticking a screwdriver in the right place and opening the van up.
Yes, all it takes is a screwdriver, 30 secs, and the van is open.
Now obviously, we’re not going to show you where they’re putting the screwdriver, however all it takes is a few minutes searching on YouTube and all is revealed.
What can be done about it?
Well, a recall from Ford would be the first sensible step. Already this year, we’ve seen the damage after five vans were broken into, that’s in less than a month and in Lincoln alone. We believe that a simple modification would be easy to implement, preventing heartache for business owners.
If Ford don’t recall the vans, and let’s face it, that’s pretty unlikely, then it’s up to the owners to spend more money on aftermarket security to prevent a break-in.
The worse thing you can do is ignore the problem. The last business owner was telling us it had cost them £4000 in tools, simply because the van was so easy to break into. Therefore, if you know anyone with Ford Custom, pass this on. It may save them a fortune…
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