How to protect your Electric Vehicle Charger from theft

26th April 2022

How to protect your Electric Vehicle Charger from theft

The rise in electrical vehicle use is incredibly beneficial in the country’s effort to reduce carbon emissions and reliance on petrol and diesel. However, the method of powering these vehicles leaves certain components vulnerable to crime when they are being charged. We take a look at the best ways to protect your electric vehicle charger from the growing problem of theft.

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Opportunistic thieves can pocket a decent profit from scrap parts of electric vehicle chargers, and the cost to replace them can be rather expensive to the owner. According to WalesOnline: “scrap and recycling businesses are already seeing increased questions about how much they would pay for electric car chargers. The scrap value for materials in a cable may be worth around £50. Second hand chargers are being sold for around £200”¹.

We have a few helpful tips to reduce the risk of falling victim to electric vehicle charger theft:

Reduce or completely remove vehicle charging at night

It is common knowledge that many forms of property that are vulnerable to theft are at their most vulnerable during night-time hours. Although it may be more beneficial to your schedule to charge your vehicle at night-time, this is not considered the best option.

Storing charging cables safely

As previously mentioned, charging cables alone can turn a quick profit for thieves, and there are simple steps you can take to prevent this.

You can either invest in a secure box to store your cables in the boot of your car, or store your cables inside overnight for the best protection.

Investing in a padlock

A padlock has been an effective security device and visual deterrent to keep a number of valuable objects and property, and this efficacy extends to electric vehicle chargers.

According to EV Cable Shop², there are a number of ways a padlock can be used to secure your electric vehicle charger:

·         Buy a plastic sleeved chain and pass it around the EV charging cables and the spokes of the wheel; then fit the padlock by passing it through the hole in the plastic sleeve and one end link of the chain, lock it and secure your EVSE.

·         Use a long shackle padlock and pass it through the hole in the cable’s plug or in the trigger (Type 1 connectors have a hole for the lock) and protect it from the people with malicious intentions.

·         Pass a bight loop of the EV charging cable through the padlock and spokes of the front wheel and simply close the padlock.

·         Buy a cord lock and use it in combination with a padlock to secure the EVSE. Use the pivots of the cord lock to secure the EVSE and then protect the cord lock from stealing with a padlock.

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Park on the cable, but only if absolutely necessary

This method should only be practiced if you have no other choice but to charge your electric vehicle at a public charging point, and other forms of protection are not available to you.

If this is the case, it is possible to protect the cable from theft by rolling your car on to the cable so that the front or rear wheel keeps the cable in place. It is important to note that this must be done before the electric vehicle charger is plugged in.

The issue with this particular method is that it is possible that it could cause damage to the cable, however, investing in a cable protector and being careful with your cables should minimise that risk. You can find out more about how to make your cables last longer here.

Just like with any type of theft, no form of protection or deterrent is guaranteed to work, but in a world where electric vehicle chargers are becoming a highly sought-after item for thieves, making sure they are as protected as possible is the best way to achieve peace of mind.

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