As Essex Police launch Operation Christmas Cracker to remind shoppers to put their presents out of site when leaving their cars Essex FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) is urging businesses in Essex, Havering and Redbridge to make sure their delivery vehicles are locked every time the driver leaves the vehicle.
Essex FSB Crime Against Business spokeswoman, Glenys Chatterley, said: “When you’re a delivery driver it is much more convenient to leave your van unlocked and the engine running while you pop in to make a quick delivery but those few minutes is all it takes for a thief to either drive the van away or steal whatever parcels are easy to hand.
“Essex FSB support Essex Police with Operation Christmas Cracker which encourages shoppers to put their purchases out of sight when leaving their cars and to make sure they are properly locked and alarmed.
“But we want to see that message extended to businesses making deliveries so that they train their drivers to be even more aware of the need for security during the Christmas period when traditionally there are more opportunist thieves looking for easy pickings.
“There are some easy steps that can be taken including:
1. Audible alarms when a door is opened while the engine is running
2. Self shutting and locking devices on all doors on the vehicle
3. Having a secure cage within the body of the van so that even if the doors are open parcels are still secure
Essex Police offer free crime prevention advice for businesses and we would urge every business to take advantage of that information by contacting their local Neighbourhood Police Team – details are available at www.essex.police.uk – who will visit and give specific advice to meet the needs of that business.”