Best way to secure a van from being stolen?

Best way to secure a van from being stolen?

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triangularmonkey

Original Poster:

41 posts

60 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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Just had a special door step visit from my local family. They had great things to say about my van but unfortunately for them it is not for sale. Good reason to suspect they'll be back to try at a different time.

Parked on a driveway, any recommendations on how to secure it besides the obvious (taking the wheels off) right PITA as I need it as my daily driver. Most of the wheel locks look like cheap crap that comes off in 3 minutes with a grinder. Trackers are quite dear and I doubt they'd give it back lightly.


FazGti

89 posts

89 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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Take out the fuse for the fuel pump and block it in with another car.

PH User

17,442 posts

72 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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Just make sure your insurance is up to date, then relax.

OllieJolly

225 posts

80 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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I'd imagine you'd be better with a bollard or three, than anything else.
I don't imagine it'd be cheap to install them though.

Course, you could at least throw them at any would-be thief, if you can't have them installed. biggrin


jeremyh1

878 posts

91 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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Take the wheels off and leave it on blocks
Keep the wheels in your bedroom

Deranged Rover

983 posts

38 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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Sorry, I’m lost. Why do you think your family want to steal your van?

Cold

10,809 posts

54 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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Deranged Rover said:
Sorry, I’m lost. Why do you think your family want to steal your van?
Do yo think it might have been code? Maybe for some loveable scamps who aren't allowed at Pontins?

The Spruce Goose

27,742 posts

159 months

Thursday 4th March
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Get some ''Ebola reponse Vehicle'' stickers made up.

David87

5,839 posts

176 months

Thursday 4th March
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Cold said:
Do yo think it might have been code? Maybe for some loveable scamps who aren't allowed at Pontins?
The Nolan Sisters?

Charles Sweeney

101 posts

59 months

Thursday 4th March
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I think you should move house!

I used to use the old Stoplock (or whatever it was called) over the steering wheel. Simple and effective.

Another thing I had in a van was a ski lock, a kind of clamp with a cable and lock. The clamp went on the gear lever. I then put it in reverse gear and secured the cable to the seat frame so there was no way you could get it out of reverse.

I think there's only so much you can do, as they say, it they really want it they'll get it.

Cold

10,809 posts

54 months

Thursday 4th March
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David87 said:
Cold said:
Do yo think it might have been code? Maybe for some loveable scamps who aren't allowed at Pontins?
The Nolan Sisters?
I always suspected they were wrong'uns.

Roboticarm

931 posts

25 months

Thursday 4th March
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These https://www.mul-t-lock.com/en/site/mul-t-lock/prod... are really good

There's on on eBay 2nd hand for £40

eliot

9,396 posts

218 months

Thursday 4th March
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Deranged Rover said:
Sorry, I’m lost. Why do you think your family want to steal your van?
family living room has a tow-bar

Iwantafusca

869 posts

39 months

Thursday 4th March
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Paint it black and put a empty coffin in the back. Thank me later.

Deranged Rover

983 posts

38 months

Thursday 4th March
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Cold said:
Do yo think it might have been code? Maybe for some loveable scamps who aren't allowed at Pontins?
Ah, got you. I must admit, I’m intrigued to know more about the visit and how it went down.

In that case, have you thought of wiring your van’s door handles to the mains? Obviously don’t forget you’ve done this when you go out to use it in the morning...

HayesDC2

241 posts

96 months

Thursday 4th March
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Blocking it in / a bollard is probably the best as some kind of damage would be caused by people trying to get it before realizing it won't start.

I had a Peugeot Partner work van and that seemed to have the door handles popped off it pretty much every time I parked it, was a right hassle getting it repaired over and over.

berlintaxi

8,481 posts

137 months

Thursday 4th March
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Roboticarm said:
These https://www.mul-t-lock.com/en/site/mul-t-lock/prod... are really good

There's on on eBay 2nd hand for £40
How do you know the second hand one hasn't come off a van that has been robbed?;)

andy43

7,273 posts

218 months

Thursday 4th March
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I have an old Landcruiser 80.
Used to be the chrome plated caravan tow-ers 4x4 of choice.
I’ve had a few knocking asking if it’s for sale.
It’s got a proper immobiliser and alarm on it plus my driveway slopes steeply up to the road but I think it’s just a matter of time...

J4CKO

33,426 posts

164 months

Thursday 4th March
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Is that standard, offering to purchase before stealing ?

Surely just nicking it in the first place and not introducing yourself would be a more direct method.

CDB1983

1,090 posts

101 months

Thursday 4th March
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Use google translate as I have no idea what this is called in English but they are pretty much impossible to bypass. We had one installed on a car years ago and they are really popular in the former communist countries where car theft is rife. It basically locks the vehicle into 5th gear or (p in the case of automatics)

A company called Gerda also make the same product. They must be available in the uk somewhere and are discrete too.

https://www.niedzwiedz-lock.pl/