Van security firm Maple is launching its new product, BondLock, at the Commercial Vehicle Show in April.

BondLock has been designed to provide resistance against different theft techniques to a van’s cargo area.

The locking mechanism is installed inside the load area for optimum protection and, Maple claims, is capable of withstanding a tensile load of more than 2.0-tonnes.

 Controlled independently, BondLock also guards against the new generation of vehicle hacking and keyless theft techniques where perpetrators bypass the manufacturer’s existing security and central locking systems.

The system can be tailored to meet different requirements, with single or multi-point locking options and manual or automatic setting locks. Different access control methods include remote control, transponder and Maple IQ, an access control platform for fleet managers providing features such as Electronic Seal Numbers, Full Audit reports and the ability to issue and delete keys.

Other options include emergency access via Maple’s secure web portal and remote unlocking capabilities through a third-party telematics system, which can also be used to disable access to the vehicle.

Van crime has rocketed in recent years, costing companies millions of pounds in stolen equipment, goods and loss of business. According to Maple, more than 117,000 vans have been broken into in the UK since 2016.

Paul Nunn, marketing manager of Maple, said: “The ways in which panel vans are being attacked has evolved quite dramatically in recent years. It is no longer the case that van owners are [only] guarding against opportunism or simple door attacks.

“BondLock has been designed to protect against known methods of attack and future proof your vehicles at the same time. We are delighted to launch this new product and believe it to be the most secure van lock on the market.”