Vauxhall vans least likely to be stolen

According to the 2011 British Insurance Vehicle Security Awards, Vauxhall, which boasts the British-built Vivaro in its van line up, builds the most secure vans in the UK.

After describing modern cars as vans as more difficult than ever to break into, judges at the awards chose Vauxhall as the safest van maker on the market.

Vauxhall took home the title because of its safety features, which include engine immobilisers, remote control selective locking and deadlocks.

To prevent thefts of tools from inside Vauxhall vans, most include rear window protection grilles, steering wheel security bars and, as a prevention tool, one-way visible security film.

“Car and van manufacturers take vehicle security very seriously and strive to stay one step ahead of criminals,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “The sustained reduction in the number of vehicle thefts demonstrates the progress that has been made and today’s awards reflect the high priority security continues to have for all vehicle manufacturers.”

Vauxhall was chosen because it has the most models that satisfied the safety criteria set up by the judges, leaving Steve Bryant, Vauxhall’s Commercial Vehicle Brand Manager, to label the award ‘fantastic.

He added: "”This prestigious award shows Vauxhall has some of the most secure commercial vehicles on the market, giving peace of mind to both our customers and insurers alike.”

The Vauxhall van range starts with the small Vauxhall Corsavan and Astravan models, both of which are panel van versions of the popular cars. The larger Vauxhall Combi completes the brand’s small van range.

Two larger panel vans, the Vauxhall Vivaro and Vauxhall Movano, provide more practicality and are the main challenger to the likes of the Ford Transit, the UK’s best-selling commercial vehicle.