A growing problem
Safety risks in transport have increased dramatically in recent years. The true extent of burglaries and thefts from vans is difficult to survey – statistics point to an increase of 40-60% in recent years. But the dark figure is likely to be large and the reality is that this type of crime costs many companies millions of dollars each year in the form of deductibles and downtime.
Criminals are constantly finding new ways and techniques to overcome the vehicle manufacturer’s safety system to gain access to theft-prone cargo. Once they have identified a weakness in a vehicle, knowledge of the approach is quickly spread within the criminal circles. The usual procedure is to block the lock signal between the remote control and the central locking with the jammer or break into the vehicle using a tool or drill/cutting machine.
Gods and other cargo are usually insured, but the deductibles are generally high. Add to that other indirect costs, such as age deductions for machinery or loss of income for downtime, and thefts will be a major burden for most companies.