National Fleet Products, a North American supplier of aftermarket accessories for commercial vehicles, recently introduced the UFO+ lock for rear and side vehicle doors.
The UFO+ automatically locks when closed, improving in-rout security compliance and operator convenience. Its sleek, tough, stainless-steel lock body is drill resistant, and its shape makes it virtually impossible for tools to get a grip.
“The UFO+ lock is perfect for fleets with delivery staffs who are under pressure to unload cargo swiftly, while maintaining cargo security in an unmanned vehicle,” said Steven Peterson, president of National Fleet Products. “In a last-mile delivery scenario, speed, efficiency and security can mean the difference between winning or losing a contract, as well as the cargo.”
Padlocks, puck locks and similar mechanisms have long been used to secure commercial vehicle doors, but they present many problems, particularly in today’s high-volume delivery environment. Once unlocked, removable locks generally must be detached from a hasp or flange, and after a vehicle door is opened, the locks are often left hanging, or worse, placed on a bumper.
Reapplying these “high-touch” locks is time consuming, and if a hand truck must be re-stowed after delivery, even more time can be wasted.
The new UFO+ makes primitive padlock-based and other hand-manipulated security systems obsolete. The UFO+ remains in a fixed position and does not rotate, slide or detach. A single, reversible key unlocks the door and stays with the operator. Once cargo is unloaded, the door can be closed again and automatically locks without the use of the key.
Every UFO+ lock comes with two high-security, 15-pin, multi-combination, reversible dimple keys and certified locksmith duplication certificates. Those purchasing both rear and side door locks receive three matching security keys.
“The UFO+ lock essentially turns a vehicle’s cargo compartment into a tamper-resistant vault,” Peterson said. “And with its ‘slam-lock’ feature, vehicle personnel will never forget to lock the doors – if they’re closed, they’re locked.”
The UFO+ lock’s flush-mounted, cast stainless-steel structure and its dome-shaped design provide a formidable obstacle for any would-be thief. The lock also features a low-profile design that integrates seamlessly with any vehicle, including vans, service bodies and box trucks with side and rear double doors.
“The UFO+ lock is the perfect solution for fleets that want speed and security in the last-mile delivery environment,” Peterson said. “Fleets looking for a competitive advantage should take a good hard look at the new UFO+ Lock.”