Theft of vehicles and contents is a frequent type of loss for many fleets. IBC reported that in 2014 over 73,000 vehicles were stolen in Canada. This is a risk that can often be avoided if some simple efforts are made. In this article, we outline five measures you can take to protect your company against theft.

5 Ways to Prevent Fleet Vehicle Theft

1. Employee uniforms

If all employees are required to wear uniforms/name tags at all times to indicate they are permitted to drive work vehicles, it will be easier to identify unauthorized drivers and potential thieves.

2. Lock the doors

Not only is it important for employees to lock the doors when away from the vehicle but they should also never leave the car running while unattended, or leave spare sets of keys anywhere in the vehicle. 

3. Vehicle alarm systems

An alarm is ineffective if no one responds to it. Do not depend solely on alarms; rather use them to supplement your other theft prevention practices. Fuel shut-off systems are also useful in preventing vehicle theft.

4. Storage

Vehicles should be parked in a secure location after hours, such as a building or fenced compound. If vehicles are stored off-site, implement policies for how employees should store and protect vehicles they take home. 

5. Hide or remove valuables and equipment

Lock all valuables or equipment in a trunk, strong box or other hiding places. If possible, move them out of any vehicles and into a secured area.

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