security for van conversion

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  1. nicklu

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    we are looking for advice for internal locks for our Peugeot boxer conversion, any help would be very much appreciated......for back doors and side sliding door.

    nick & lu
     
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    Ours Pug ( 2014) has a red button in the front that you press. It locks all the doors once your inside. Plus dead locks as standard. So sorry can't help.
    I'm sure it could still be broken into though. So we're going to get some of those plates you put under the handles. I'm told it helps prevent breakins.
     
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    Hi Our van as the factory fitted alarm but we were reading that it would be more secure to fit locks on the inside of the doors to stop them being opened from the outside.
    Thank you for your reply, I will post updates as soon as we find suitable security for the doors. Thankyou kindly nick & lu
     
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    yes we will have a look at garrisons locks...someone as just suggested putting a metal bar across the inside back doors .not really sure if this would be sufficient. Will check out all options. As long as we are safe. Thank you. .will keep you posted nick & lu
     
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    I've pondered on this for some time. As I see it, the main issue with most devices is that many are only as strong as the the screws fixed to the thin metal bodywork. Fiamma do one for the front doors that fixes onto the door edge, which should hold much better, because any forcing would not be direct on the easily pulled out screws or bolts, but that still leaves the rear and side doors.

    I too like the idea of a bolt across the rear doors, but you'd still have the issue of the screws pulling out. That aside, they should work well. I've had the idea of fixing two chains across the front seats, attached to each door with one of those siren locks joining them together in the middle. The passenger side chain could also attach to the sliding door, too. This should work as a warning should anyone attempt to break in while you are inside at night, for example, and have some deterrent effect if visible in daylight, but probably would have no effect on a jemmy break in, or broken side window, etc. And there you have the issue. Whatever you do, where there are windows, there's and easy way in. So I've never taken it any further.

    One posting somewhere suggested a simple bolt through the sliding door track, or perhaps through the door, dropped in from the inside, but I didn't quite get where or how.
     
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    If they want it, they will have it ! Ours had the driver's door lock drilled out about 6 weeks ago, they proceeded to drill out the ignition lock. They were in the process of attempting to read the immobiliser chip with a device, this meant it could have actually overridden the system and they would have got away. As it is, they gave up and left it. We've looked into all sorts since and have decided the only way to ensure this isn't stolen is to fit the whole Growler system alarm, this shld deafen them and be too painful for them to continue trying to break in. Opted for the arm and track system too. Means even if they have our keys to steal it in the first place, we have access to a microphone which will record their voices and the van will send a signal via gps to follow the van. When they next stop the van it won't re-start. If the van starts to move without engine start, ie loaded onto something, we will also get the same alerts and system kick in. Built into this are sensors in case bikes are tampered with and a panic alarm. All this for the lovely price of £1300. Well worth it when you consider what you spent designing and having it built, as we did. Have a word with Eddie Vanbitz if you're interested. Ours is getting fitted in 5 weeks, can't wait to have the peace of mind !!!
     
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    Put all your valuables in a safe bolted or built in somewhere. We have the Milenco locks on the front doors which covers simple entry on those nights we forget to lock the doors when we go to bed. Otherwise I'm not sure about much more other than perhaps the plates under the door handles.

    Make it too strong and they will just do massive damage trying to get in.

    They can always just jemmy open the plastic windows. :)

    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum/threads/milenco-cab-door-deadlocks.114749/#post-1529085
     
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    the security of panel vans is a big business for most fleet operators so there are plenty of products to choose off the shelf
     
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    oh and the quickest almost silent way to open a locked ducato/boxer is using a sharpened screwdriver pushed through the skin below the door handle. stainless steel plates under the handles solves this
     
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    Steel plates affixed to the outside of the door? How are they fixed?
     
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    you take the trim panel off the inside and undo the bolts holding the handle, then insert plate and reassemble. the plates are also great for repairing a punctured door after a break in
     
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    I fitted these on my transit based coach built that were notoriously easy to get into along with dead locks.
     
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    Save your money - Locks only keep honest people out :eek:I could get into any van within a minute -Well perhaps not a security van but I would be willing to give it a try :D
    terry
     
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    The Growler system seems to be an excellent idea, we are going to have a look at this and fitting the plates. Not carry any valuables! !!!! We have smoke and gas alarms, i suppose we could learn some self defense !!!!!! Nick & lu
     
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