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Discussion in 'Electrical Forum' started by CAB Marine, May 10, 2014.

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  1. CAB Marine
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    CAB Marine EF Member

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    So, my van got broken into and my Van Vault was lifted. Thankfully, most of my tools and cable were on the job (it was done in broad daylight) so they got away with "only" about £2k worth :-( Not a good end to last week!

    I have a Nissan Navara crew cab with a hard top canopy. Calling around van security companies has proved an unhelpful waste of time and I am interested in a recommendation. I'm prepared to put some serious money into this as I carry cable from 1.5mm2 up to 70mm2 on racks. Having them jacked would close to bankrupt me. I can beef the locks up with disc locks I think but need to have a custom safe made up I think. I need to be able to store all of the usual tools and a few less common ones too. Additionally, I need to be able to strap in 8-10 batteries at a time.

    All thoughts appreciated.
     
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  2. dan86
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    dan86 Trusted Advisor

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    personally I think you might be better going and seeing a local blacksmith or the likes and get something custom made, unless of course you're handy with a welder and have the time.
     
  3. Robotstar5
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    Robotstar5 Electrician's Arms

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    Birmingham
    As above, I'd be looking at having/making internal steel mesh door(s) fitted behind the standard rear tailgates.
     
  4. GLENNSPARK
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    GLENNSPARK Electrician's Arms

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    west yorks.
    i`v got discus locks on mine...

    the locking module pushes into the discus....not easy to get at...

    bolted on from the inside....with large coachbolts....

    would take them longer than its worth to try and prize that off...
     
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  5. Welchyboy1
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    Welchyboy1 Electrician's Arms

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    Essex
    they nicked ur van vault too?? Was it bolted down to your van?
     
  6. CAB Marine
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    CAB Marine EF Member

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    No :-( I had moved it for access when I did my meniscus again 3 weeks ago. Will have to use drawers for access this time round....makes parking fun though.
     
  7. 7029 dave
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    7029 dave Trusted Advisor

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    My fault box is bolted down, my mate had his van broken into 3 times in 6 months.!!
     
  8. chcnorris29
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    chcnorris29 Regular EF Member

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    Oldbury
    Would a two way alarm help?
    They have a keyfob with a screen on it and i think some have an audio alert on the fob (i think), as long as you are in range (think some are like 1 mile or something) if the alarm goes it also comes up on the fob as well so even if you can not hear the alarm on the vehicle you can hear or see it on the fob.
    Not sure on price but do not think they are cheap but may be worth it.
    Not sure if this is any help but just though i would put it out there.
     
  9. uksparks
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    uksparks Electrician's Arms

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    Market Harborough
    I am sorry to hear of your problems...
     
  10. uksparks
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    uksparks Electrician's Arms

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    Market Harborough
    I think what you have to think is you can only slow criminals down, you will not stop them.

    I have a vauxhall combo, I have a that ham cat 1 alarm and immobiliser, I have that ham approved dead locks on side door and rear doors, I also have slam locks on side and rear.

    The outside has smart water warning signs from every angle so both windows, back and both sides, also on the pipe and steps, and alarm stickers.

    I only take to the job in hand the exact tools I will need and take them all in with me, I never leave any tools in my van if I can help it.

    When at home, it's parked with the side door and rear doors against a solid 6 foot close board fence with the whole back and side covered, also has three of eight CCTV cameras pointing directly at it from various angles, and has two 400w pir flood lights above it.

    You can only do what you can do.

    As for the contents, as said above I don't leave anything in the van apart from stuff nobody would want, I don't currently chain anything together but seriously thinking about it now as I do leave stuff in the van when go in wholesalers etc and random quoting if not in car.

    Ill probably get a couple of heavy duty anchors and roller chain to put through all the handles to stop quick grabs.
     
  11. uksparks
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    uksparks Electrician's Arms

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    Oh and it's got a full metal bulkhead.
     
  12. londonlec
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    londonlec Regular EF Member

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    London
    I would think about getting hold of a more secure van.
    Those truck top things never seem very secure.
     
  13. shanky887614
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    shanky887614 Electrician's Arms

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    Castle Donington
    how much is van insurance for the younger members? im tempted to get one instead of a car (driving mothers second car atm)
     
  14. londonlec
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    londonlec Regular EF Member

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    Im 25 with a Transit and its around £1000.
     
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