Andy Bromley CSL - Strategic Product Manager
4 min read

Hopefully, this isn't a familiar story. Although the chances are that it has happened to you, a colleague or a friend... 

You awake nice and early to drive to your first site visit of the day, full of hope, dreams and probably coffee, only to find that your van has been broken into. The side door has been peeled down and your rather expensive power tools are nowhere to be seen. It means that you can't work that day and probably the next few. You need to get the van door fixed and a great deal of time and money is lost.

Luckily, you have vehicle insurance and that will cover your stolen items, right? Nope. Not unless you've paid for extra cover! 

If you have the extra cover, it's not unreasonable to expect the claim to be paid out in a timely manner so you can get back to work. Wrong again! There can be a lack of trust between the insurance company and claimant leading to many claims taking months to pay out, and the process creates lots of hassle for you when proving how much you've paid for tools and what they are worth today. Some claims do not get paid out at all. 

Is there a solution?

I'm glad you asked! There are a few solutions on the market. Some are better than others and mainly give an audible alert if someone gets near or into the van and may send an SMS to alert you (using a single network, PAYG (Pay As You Go) SIM which you have to ensure has credit). However, your van can still be broken into and you are still left with the lack of tools to resolve.

As part of our research, we asked almost 275 people about their previous experiences. 78% of the tradespeople we asked have had their tools stolen, and 83% don't have tool insurance at all. Considering tool value can range from an average of £2.5k - £5k, and those with additional cover took on average 5 weeks to have their claim paid, that's either a lot of time off the road or a great expense replacing tools yourself. 

There is an ideal solution out there, however; the ARMD Guard. It not only alerts you via SMS and a voice call to any intruder but also includes tool insurance, comes with a free handy inventory app to log all your tools (including their purchase value) and even allows you to buy new tool replacements which automatically get updated to your inventory app! The ARMD Guard is an alarm and tracker with an inbuilt GPS which can aid in the recovery of stolen vans and property. 

You can also purchase tool insurance and if the worst were to happen and you need to claim, it is all done within the app itself which is hassle-free and super-fast with a 5-day claim promise (although it can be as quick as the very next day) - and ARMD insurance covers your tools for up to £10,000!

On top of that, it also has a CSL IoT SIM inside ensuring that you never need to worry about topping up a PAYG SIM or local network issues again. Plus, everything is secured with a private APN and managed over CSL's Gemini Global Platform. Yet again, the Internet of Things (IoT) is providing a solution to real-life problems.

ARMD not only comes top of the pile for recording and protecting your tools, but they are also the only company to complete the entire loop. That's one of the many reasons why CSL are proud to partner with ARMD and join the fight to help protect vans and van owners.

Tell me more about ARMD

The owners of ARMD have a history of successful IoT products and their previous business had over 100k subscribers. Responding to customer feedback, they decided to embark on a journey to tie insurance with van contents protection. They were one of a select few companies that won a place on the Lloyds of London InsurTech Accelerator Programme on the back of the strength of their idea

Not only do ARMD want to help prevent your tools from being stolen, but they also want to get you back on the road quickly so you can start feeling productive again.

Are you interested? Discover how you can protect yourself.

Sign up now for a special 15% discount on the ARMD Guard for our customers, it's as easy as entering the discount code 'CSL15M' when placing your first order. 

Don't wait to protect your tools, you'll not only receive the special rate, but ARMD will also ensure that you're taken care of throughout your entire journey. They are committed to protecting your business and providing you with the peace of mind you deserve.

If you're curious about the products ARMD offers and how they can benefit you, head over to their website. Don't forget to mention that CSL sent you, so they know you're part of this exclusive offer. ARMD is dedicated to helping you prevent tool theft and getting you back on track as soon as possible.

Remember, the discount code is only valid for a limited time as an introductory offer. So don't miss out on this opportunity to protect your business and GET ARMD!

Awards and Accolades

Don't just take our word for it, ARMD Guard has won awards such as the Norton Rose Fulbright Insurathon 2021, was named by Build Magazine as the 'Best Smart Van Alarm & Tracker 2023 - UK' was highly commended by the Insurance Times and Professional Builder Magazine alongside appearing on BBC One's Frontline Fightback documentary

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