Check what you know
Did you know?
- The use of vehicles as a weapon to injure and kill people has become a real threat. This is referred to as a ‘vehicle as a weapon (VAW) attack’.
- Vans pose an increased risk if used in VAW attacks because of their size, profile and weight.
- Crowded public spaces are targeted for VAW attacks.
The use of social media to publicise delivery and parking locations is not advisable.
Best Practice Tips
- Be aware of what is happening around you and your vehicle.
- Be mindful of being followed by anyone behaving suspiciously.
- Where possible, always park in a secure, well-lit location.
- When leaving or returning to a vehicle, look for signs that something has been concealed or the vehicle tampered with.
- Do not leave vehicles unattended with engines running.
- Always take ignition keys away when leaving the vehicle.
- Drive to a police or fire station if you believe you are being followed and cannot safely call the emergency services.
- Do not attempt to fight aggressors or defend the vehicle. Remove yourself to a safe location and call emergency services.
Drivers should always think Security as well as Safety by:
- Avoiding talking about loads or routes with unauthorised persons.
- Locking and securing the vehicle and keeping the keys safe.
- Never carrying goods for anyone, other than the authorised load.
- Informing their Manager immediately if being forced to change their route.
- Not allowing unauthorised passengers into the vehicle.
- Keeping ID documentation and wallets secure and out of sight.
- Being aware of attempts to deceive, such as by bogus Police and DVSA Officers.