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Best practice tips

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  • 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.
In an emergency drivers should call 999. To report suspicious behaviour drivers should call National Counter Terrorism Security Office on 0800 789 321

Drivers should always comply with their organisation’s positive security behaviours.

The use of social media to publicise delivery and parking locations is not advisable.

Vehicles not in use must have all their doors and windows locked and the ignition keys to be taken with the driver.

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.

This information sheet is free for employers to download and distribute to their drivers.
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