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Nottingham brand - Tackling tool theft

First product on the market to achieve Police standard

As part of its drive to tackle tool theft crime, Nottingham based Van Vault, the originators of in-vehicle secure storage, has launched the first product of its type to achieve the UK’s Police approved standard.

Van Vault, which is part of Birchwood Price Tools and is based in Giltbrook, is the UK’s premier brand of containers for storing and securing tools in vehicles – used across a wide range of trades and sectors. Van Vaults are sold around the world.

The new Van Vault range is the first of its type on the market to be accredited by Secured by Design - the UK’s Police approved standard. Secured by Design promotes products which prevent crime and it’s the only form of police approval for UK products.

Last year saw around 280,000 tool theft crimes across the UK, according to one insurance company Nottingham (1) is in the top 10 worst hit cities for van crime. With the average value of tools left in tradespeople’s vans costing £2,880 (2), Van Vault understands the importance of helping protect tools and deter thieves with effective secure storage solutions.

With a break-in taking as little as 10 seconds (3), the new range has introduced key enhancements, which will be fundamental in making it much harder to steal valuable power tools and equipment. 


The new product launch follows 18 months of development work and features eight new products offering advanced protection, including the traditional box style containers and the easy to use drawer sliders.          

Not only has the product been upgraded, it has also been independently tested and certified by Sold Secure, an independent test house for security products owned by the Master Locksmith Association. All eight Van Vaults were subjected to six different levels of rigorous attack by trained professionals and were all found to be impenetrable.

Deborah Hunt, Marketing Manager at Van Vault said:

“Tool theft is a massive issue facing tradespeople today and it’s on the rise. One in three tradesmen have had had tools stolen. As the UK’s number one brand, we know we have an important role to play in protecting our customer’s tools and helping to fight tool theft. Innovation is key and with our new range, we have reacted to what customers really want – the best security, functionality, quality – all which gives them peace of mind.”

Celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, Van Vault is the UK’s number one brand for storing and securing tools in vehicles (4). Its range is available in a variety of sizes, each designed for use in different types of vehicles.


(2) Van Vault Health Brand Check. Independent consumer research carried out by Van Vault.


(4) See the new products (    @VanVault


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