It isn’t just your commercial truck or van that’s valuable. The tools and equipment it hauls from project to project are often worth thousands of dollars. It is because of this reason that keeping your commercial vehicle(s) secure should be a top priority for any fleet manager.
If you are in the process of upfitting, it is vital that you take the security of your vehicles into consideration. Not only are there a number of valuable upfitting options that can help to protect your equipment but there are also a number of strategies and actions your employees should take in order to ensure that all of your vehicle’s contents are safe.
At Camco Wheel & Axle, we offer custom fabrication and upfitting services to provide you the quality, care, and security you need for your commercial vehicles. When security is a top priority for you, consider the following upfitting options and tips:
- Drivers are your first line of defense.
There’s little value in upfitting your vehicle with security measures if your field personnel are careless about where they place and leave equipment. Properly storing tools is of utmost importance and is really the only way that any security upfitting add-ons can be of any real use.
This means that employees and field personnel must be adequately trained to follow protocols when storing items at the end of the day. Properly securing items will keep you company’s valuables safe, organized, and help with work efficiency. This also includes staying generally alert, even during working hours. Unfortunately, thieves are always on the lookout for an easy steal and field techs need to remain alert of their surroundings at all times.
- An alarm system will go a long way.
A high-quality alarm system is an upfitting option that will pay its cost back in dividends. You might even be able to get a discount on your insurance policy if you decide to equip your commercial vehicle with a passive alarm system.
There’s also the option of purchasing a simple GPS device to keep track of your commercial truck, van, or utility trailer should it be stolen. This will give you the opportunity to track it down and to inform the proper authorities about its location.
- The right locks are essential.
Padlocks are ideal for bin covers, side doors, flush lock handles, ladder racks, utility boxes and more. Storage systems that can be secured individually are also vital to security. Alongside this initial level, you can also include a master locking system that locks all compartments on a service body at once. This can include an FOB lock system, which can work with a keyless transmitter that remains in a worker’s pocket at all times – as soon they leave the vehicle, the transmitter will lock all doors/compartments.
- Protect your windows.
Potential thieves can easily look through unsecured windows – don’t give them a chance. When it comes to protecting the interior of your vehicle, it begins with your windows. You’ll have a number of upfitting options that include deep-tinting your glass to make it hard to see inside your commercial truck or van, as well as window screens which do not allow access into your vehicle even if the window is smashed.
On top of these options, you can include locked steel partitions which do not allow access between the cab and cargo area of the vehicle – this is especially beneficial for commercial vans. Ultimately, if a thief can’t see what is inside your vehicle, it could deter them from taking a chance.
- Truck caps/cargobody will really enhance your vehicle’s security.
Depending on the size of your commercial truck, you should really consider purchasing a truck cap or cargobody to secure your tools and equipment. Both offer interior storage capacity and security for open-bed trucks.
Some caps/cargobodies will offer additional options such as locking rear doors, storage systems, and more for added protection. If you have expensive equipment lying about in an open bed, you really need to consider a truck cap/cargobody.
- Add security to your upfit by including sliding-door compartments and van shelving/bins .
Both of these storage systems will help to keep your valuables organized, safe, and reduce their visibility to outsiders. Plus, when properly upfitted, they are easily accessible to workers and improve work efficiency.
- Don’t forget the basics of security.
While the previously mentioned upfitting options can go a long way in securing your vehicle and its valuables, there are a number of additional tips that can prove to be just as important:
- Company parking lots should be secured as well with security surveillance systems to keep an eye on all your equipment.
- Equipment should always be stored/placed out of sight and locked away. Your personnel will likely be responsible for this so it is important to set (and follow up) with protocols.
- Should your commercial truck be required to stay overnight at a site, then make sure it is parked in a secure area that is well-lit.
Camco Wheel & Axle: Over 30 years of upfitting service experience in the Rio Grande Valley.
Camco provides commercial truck upfitting and van upfitting services in the Rio Grande Valley. With over 30 years of experience and top quality accessories, as well as our very own fabrication and upfitting center, we can meet your needs no matter what they are.