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  1. loulew
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    loulew LouLew

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    So I've just experienced my first van break in. Happened an hour ago, broad daylight with the van parked at the front of site I'm working on.

    Only managed to get a drill though as a cyclist disturbed them.

    How's everyone else's day?
     
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    SparkyChick Making a banana smoothy for my fave gorilla Electrician's Arms

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    Sorry to hear that, much damage to the van?
     
  3. loulew
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    loulew LouLew

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    Thanks, no just a bit of damage where they've jammed a screwdriver in the drivers door lock. Took them about 15 seconds from getting out of their car to driving off again apparently.
     
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    SparkyChick Making a banana smoothy for my fave gorilla Electrician's Arms

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    Unreal... scum... pure scum! :mad::mad::mad::mad:
     
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  5. Wilko
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    Wilko Electrician's Arms

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    Sorry to hear that. I've given you a supportive "like" ... not that I like you being robbed, not at all !
     
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  6. loulew
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    loulew LouLew

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    Agreed, i suppose i'm lucky its a complete mess in there at the moment, they couldn't get to all the good stuff at the bottom somewhere.
     
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  7. loulew
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    loulew LouLew

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    Thanks wilko, dont worry i assumed it was a supportive like.
     
  8. Midwest
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    Midwest Electrician's Arms

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    When I'm working, I make sure every time I get something out of my van, I double lock it afterwards. Unfortunately, the double locking has stopped working from prolonged use! Might just leave one of these in there:

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  9. loulew
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    loulew LouLew

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    I've been contemplating some deadlocks or something for a while now. Just never got round to it. But i much prefer your idea Midwest. That or some kind of trap that would make Indiana Jones quake in his fedora!
     
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  10. Midwest
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    There was some film, some years ago, that showed cars with electrocution for uninvited guests? That would be good. Fair play to the cyclist mind, still some decent law abiding people about :)
     
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  11. loulew
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    loulew LouLew

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    I was thinking more along the lines of a mad max style self-destruct but that may just be the anger talking. Yeah, she was in the right place at the right time. They could have got away with a lot more if she hadn't gone past.
     
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  13. Murdoch
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    HandySparks has just upgraded the locks in his van - I'm sure he'll provide details later!
     
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

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    need to do mine also. Garrison seems a decent price for slamlocks. only need the one. going to fit bolts to the inside of tailgate, so can only be opened from inside when these are locked in.
     
  15. Gavin John Hyde
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    Gavin John Hyde Electrician's Arms

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    I like your thinking. i saw a van in my local screwfix carpark the other week, the guy had welded what looked like a piece of upside down guttering above the side door so that when unlocked it still slides out the way but by over hanging the door it stops scally wags doing this new trick of pushing in the side door and pulling the top down like a tin of fish... with his upside down guttering they cant get their hands up inside to pull, very simple but highly effective... I asked him to show me it and its literally just curved metal sheet approx 5mm thick welded onto the van with a plate on the front end and then grinded to a smooth edge. for safety reasons he has a piece of foam on it.

    After my van got broken into few months back I went a bit ott and now have slam locks and extra locks i have bolted on. I also had my side door welded shut and invested in a nice van vault box. as I cant afford another financial hit, the police and insurers dont give a damn... I was thinking of putting extra metal or anti cut security cables in by the metal panels behind the racking to stop the little idiots cutting through the body to reach tools.
     
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