Ford transit anti Tibbe lock pick simple answer

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  1. phil the fluter

    phil the fluter Read Only Funster

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    Hi all we own a Mk7 Transit based Motorhome and have been alarmed about all the reports of the ease that Transit locks can be picked using one of the easily available Tibbe lock picking tools. If you are not aware these tools fit into the outer lock and are manipulated until the lock excepts them as the correct key and bobs your uncle the door is unlocked. My simple solution to this is to stop the inside lock button under the pull handle from moving when being unlocked from the outside . So when in the van lock the door from inside by pushing the lock button into the locked position and you will see as the button moves in at the front the rear moves outwards and stands proud of the trim now drill a small hole in the button rear which is proud of the trim and insert a metal pin into the hole i use a pop rivet , when the pin is in place the button cannot pop out to the unlocked position at all not even when trying to get in from outside using the correct key . i leave these pins in position whilst parked up and use the habitation door the access the van. A simple and effective way to protect from them there lock picking Sc**b**s.
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  2. Terry

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    Am I missing something here Phil ? why would you have anyone unlocking your van while you are in it ? or is this a new gassing thread to stop them gassing you while asleep :)
    EDIT Sorry only just noticed you are a newby disregard my comments;)
    terry
     
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    Another little warning for anyone with Tibbe vehicle keys is not to leave them on view on pub bar or such as they are simple to read from a distance.

    In a former life I used to cut keys and have been known to read and supply a replacement when the customer locked himself out of his car leaving his key loose in the vehicle.

    The replacement will not start the car but will unlock doors and boot.
     
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    You remembered!!!! Well done. :)
     
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  5. phil the fluter

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    To Terry no it is not when we are in the van it is when the van is parked up in general as a security measure to stop the cab locks being operated from the outside . when we are in the either driving or on a site the pins are removed to allow normal operation of the locks . i hope this clears it up for you.
     
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    Yes, Tibbe locks as fitted to the Mk.7 (and, I believe, Mk.6) Ford Transit are extremely vulnerable. Replacing the Tibbe lock cylinder with a Hykee replacement cylinder (if a RHD vehicle) is a good idea. Alternatively (and the only option if LHD, for which the replacement cylinder is not available), fit deadlocks to the cab doors.
    Access to the OBD port should also be secured or rendered more difficult, because this can be used to override the OEM immobiliser (either directly or by programming new keys).
    Also, a good alarm system such as the Van Bitz Growler (perhaps with some of the additional options) is an excellent idea.
     
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    another option is to do away with the locks on the doors and use remote central locking. you would need to fit a concealed lock release for one door though in case the battery were to go flat

    i rarely use a key to enter any of our vehicles anyway
     
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