25 October 2018

No matter the size of the organisation, if a business has a fleet of vehicles they need to ensure that their drivers are able to identify situations where their car or van may be at risk.

With vehicle technology developing, thieves have to adapt the way that they target vehicles. That’s why this month we wanted to explore some of the ways that fleet managers can advise their drivers on how to protect their vehicles from theft.

Advise on high-tech “relay attacks”

With the rise in modern technology, thieves are becoming more focused in their efforts to target vehicles with keyless entry. A relay attack involves two parties working together using electronic signal relay devices.

The first party uses the device to receive the signal from inside a home, transferring the signal to a second box, which has been placed next to the vehicle. In essence, this “tricks” the vehicle into thinking that it’s been unlocked by the owner, leaving the thieves free to drive the vehicle away.

Employees should store their keys in a metal box (if possible), since these signals can breach doors, walls and windows, but not metal.

Give guidance on safe parking

When parking on a business trip or if they’re using their work car during the day, the way employees park can also help reduce the threat of theft.

If an employee is parking on a road then advise them to turn their wheels towards the kerb. Likewise, if they’re parking in a public car park, then they should turn their wheels towards another vehicle whilst stationary.

Finally, if they’re parking their vehicle on a driveway at night, then it may be best to park facing the house, turning the wheels towards a wall or a house. Thieves will generally avoid a vehicle if they have to spend time manoeuvring it out of a space.

Supply recording devices

If a vehicle has a visible recording device installed, this helps to reduce the threat of vehicle theft, especially if that recording device is linked to a smartphone. This is because there is the opportunity to identify whoever is stealing the vehicle, making a recording device a good investment for fleet managers.

Make your security measures visible

If an organisation has a large fleet of vehicles, then it may be worth considering adding warnings to the vehicles, highlighting the fact that security measures have been put in place.

These stickers are easy to install and could be the deterrent an organisation needs to help protect their vehicles.

Implement security procedures for business trips

Whether it’s using a rental vehicle or arranging for a secure parking space (covered by CCTV or security), fleet managers can take steps to help protect their vehicles and drivers whilst they’re away for business.

Before the employee leaves, it may be worth considering briefing or reviewing the company fleet policy with them, so that they are aware of what steps they need to take whilst they’re away.

At the same time, highlight steps they can take to ensure their personal safety isn’t compromised, which helps adhere to an organisations’ Duty of Care requirements.

Further reading

For more information on how to protect a fleet and ensure employees are safe whilst they’re driving for work, take a look at the articles listed below:

In summary, if the business or the fleet manager ensures that their drivers are well versed in how to keep their vehicle secure, then vehicle theft will hopefully be reduced.

From a thief’s point of view, if a vehicle looks like it is going to take time to steal, then they are less likely to target it. Educating employees on safe parking practices can help protect assets, reduce the amount organisations spend replacing vehicles and ensure that drivers are safe whilst on the road.

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