Quick Tips to Combat Vehicle Theft
Vehicle theft is a "growth industry" across North America as criminals become much more sophisticated and brazen in their actions. Commercial and business vehicles are often attractive targets because of their high value and contents.
It is not uncommon for drivers to park vehicles on company property with the keys left in the ignition. In many cases, company lots are not locked or closely monitored. In these circumstances, there are no controls in place to stop an opportunistic thief or disgruntled ex-employee from stealing one or more vehicles.
If your vehicle is stolen and involved in a crash or crime, your organization can potentially be found negligent, leading to significant auto liability or general liability claims as well as negative publicity. Cargo losses can also result, leading to financial losses and customer service failures. Additionally, stolen vehicles may be used to commit crimes or other dangerous acts. It is very important that your fleet not become an attractive target!
HUB International Risk Services recommends all fleets take the following steps:
- Implement a policy that keys must be removed from all vehicles when parked. The vehicles should be locked and all windows closed when not attended to.
- Keys from vehicles kept in a company lot should be placed in a controlled location that can be secured at the end of the business day. Access to the keys should be limited.
- Employees should not be permitted to make copies of vehicle keys without the express consent of senior management.
- When out on the road, drivers must turn off their vehicles and remove the keys when they are not in use. Drivers should never leave a running and/or unlocked vehicle unattended.
- Park all vehicles in a well-lit and controlled area whenever possible.
- All valuables and equipment inside company vehicles should be stored out of sight. Any information about the transport of valuable property should only be discussed with authorized personnel.
- Company lots should have controlled entrances and exits whenever possible. Access by the general public should be limited. Barriers should be put in place to act as a deterrent by making the facility's perimeter difficult to enter or exit.
- Separate the parking of employee and company-owned vehicles.
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