Motorhome Robbery - Fiat Security

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  1. Jim

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    Had a Funster report today that they were robbed along with others, while they slept. All new Fiats with the thieves using a quick and simple method to pop the central locking. I will be testing this method next week and reporting back. Meanwhile best practise when sleeping in public places means you really should have secondary internal deadlocks fitted, have your doors alarmed or preferably both.
     
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    Thanks Jim, we use a ratchet strap between our cab doors so they can't be opened easily only cost a couple of pounds.
     
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    We alarm the doors with our strikeback system (other fine brands are available, but we got a free nights camping....;)) which would probably wake the dead.

    oh, we have dogs as well.....

    Notwithstanding that, would be very interested to see how this security weakness happened, but good idea for the ratchet straps. Now what about the Hab door, though?
     
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  4. GJH

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    I didn't like the idea of strapping the doors together so (once I plucked up courage to go to work with a drill) I did This.
     
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    Hi Jim, Do we know in what area / country the robbery happen.
     
  6. GJH

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    I put a Milenco Door Frame Lock on ours but it is really for when the van is unoccupied (and especially at home on the drive).
    EDIT - We can also set the alarm omitting the internal sensors if we want to so we could be asleep and the hab door would still be alarmed.
     
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    I'm getting this fitted to mine............ I reckon it would at the very least, deter someone....
     
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  8. GJH

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    Wouldn't putting this in the front window be cheaper and more effective? :whistle:;)
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    Simple and elegant solution
    Are the parts commercially available?
     
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    we got POPEYE'S face on our fire place, stops the children in theyer tracks I will try one on our m/h in the dorset steam fair and report back to J/B if this works I will print some off and give them out at pembrey rally lol still lol love ray xxxxxx
     
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    Also worth saying don't leave valuables where thieves can easily find them. For example, put your wallet in an overhead locker, not on a windowsill - which I have done myself when brain not engaged. A thief doesn't have* to get in your MH to steal things - they can just stick an arm though a window or door and wave it around and hoover up anything loose within range. So if stuff is not in range - they can't grab it.

    *Though some do of course.
     
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    Is this only on new models? What about the older 2.8s
     
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    I know for a fact that both @FIDGET and @swanseajack13 were both Paige boys at their Parents weddings


    but I'm surprised at you @GJH, perhaps you applied to be a Bar-steward, obviously with some success.


    You know how to hurt a guy you three.......
     
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    had these on a Ford based camper they are a well known make.....will get them again on new van..they are lockable

    http://www.heosolution.de/GB/index.php?tip=heosafe
     
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    Screwfix no longer sell them but if you Google <window frameguard> or <sash jammer> there are a number of similar products on the market.

    Milenco do a Cab Door Lock designed for motorhomes which is similar but rather more expensive.
     
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    The original forum post I read (linked to from my web page) was suggesting a much cheaper alternative to the Heosafe product. The Screwfix products can be locked as can many of the ones which Google finds.
     
  17. Phill D

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    when you say "new FIATs " @Jim do you mean the very newest i.e. late 2014 / 2015 models
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    or the slightly older X250
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    or both.. as not heard any issues with the X250 before this.
     
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    Did they gas them 1st?
     
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    It was us that got broke into in Slovenia I alerted Jim to how they got due to the simplicity of how they did it but did not want publish the method now I know how they did it I recon I could open any 2007 fiat on in less then 3 seconds
    The knocked a little cash from front of van and ignored every thing else I do t think they actually entered van they just opened from doors used a pole to reach anything containing cash
    At least 5 other fiats on same services such were done using same method
    And before anyone starts yes it is my fault for parking in service area and even more stupid I forgot to set alarm dummy or what
    Lesson learnt
    Will I park in a service area again proberbly but will I forget to set alarm I hope not
    Onward now to Croatia


    Ps we weren't gassed
     
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  20. Phill D

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    thanks for the info... pleased you were not gassed!!:whistle:
     
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