Under seat safe

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  1. Feltwell

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    I couldn't believe how much was being asked for a safe to go under the passenger seat of my van. We don't carry anything of much value anyway, it's more just somewhere to stash passports and an emergency credit card *just in case* the van gets broken into. I didn't fancy bolting one into a cupboard - too much of a faff to get at, and I think it would be found too easily and too much damage done getting it out if someone did decide to have a go at it.

    An easy and relatively cheap solution was this safe from Toolstation - £42 inc delivery:-

    http://www.toolstation.com/shop/p76617

    It's the perfect size to go under the passenger seat on my van (Ducato X244), it just fits between the seat rails. All I had to do then was get a flat piece of steel bar (Ebay!), drill a hole in either end so it will go over the seat frame mountings, bolt it to the bottom of the safe and it's in. Not impossible to remove of course but you'd need to take the passenger seat out first and then unbolt the seat frame to do it.

    I liked the fact that the safe isn't one of the digital ones - most of the cheap ones are - no batteries to go flat! It's only made of steel sheet of course but it's enough to deter most thieves from bothering I reckon, if they found it - the plastic seat front clipped back on with only minor modification so it's very inconspicuous.

    Steel mounting bar in position:-

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    Safe in place:-

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    This is for an X244 Ducato, but I believe the X250 has the same seat frame. Check sizes before ordering!
     
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  2. scotjimland

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    Nice job... ideal place if not already used for a second battery..

    we also have one that was fitted by the previous owner.. it has a digital lock but also has a key that can be used if batteries go flat..

    I use it for passports, cash, spare cards etc .. gives a little more security than just hiding in a cupboard under the underwear.. :LOL:
     
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    We too have a safe under the passenger seat, it's a think iron plate with a lock that's fits the brackets surrounding the seat, works really well. :)
     
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    I have one of those too. I didnt realise just how easy they are to unlock until @rupert showed me. See youtube.
     
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    We have a safe, I think it would be very hard to find! It's definately not under any seat and is not visible in any way!
     
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    I have one same place in X250, what I like about its position is there is no way it can be forced open with a gemmy etc .

    Eric
     
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    yes, I see what you mean... about as much use a chocolate fireguard :(

    will try mine out and see if I can open like that
     
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    New van soon so will consider this idea
    Thank you
     
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    @scotjimland I think mine looks quite substantial and not cheap looking but it opened on 7

    Probably best not to keep all eggs in one basket if its that easy. I guess theres a lot of opportunist thieves out there but some professionals too.
     
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    I guess I wasn't cut out to be thief .. just tried the youtube method without success....

    Report card: .. Must try harder :LOL:
     
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    How about in the cut out under the cassette toilet?
     
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    Use a mallet, betcha that will work.
     
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    I was surprised to see how easy it could be to get into the digital safe. We have a Yale so after hearing before about the ease of entry I took the batteries out. Just means finding somewhere else secure to keep the bloody big key that's needed.
     
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    So I am not the only one hiding my bits under my undies then!
     
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    Hopefully, after searching around trying to locate it, no thief will be able to open my safe or any draws etc. He will need both fingers in his ears cos the Growler will be screemin at him. (y) Hopefully his ears wont bleed onto the carpet.:LOL:
     
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    I don't think taking the batteries out makes any difference to the magnet. It will still release the lock and then it can be opened by turning the handle.
     
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    The answer to the YouTube attack was simple for me.....

    Smear a little grease on the solenoid to damp it. I experimented until I found the right grease and right quantity.
     
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    So you've found yet another use for him???? :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
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  20. Feltwell

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    I hope it's better than one I saw - it was basically a plate that fitted the front of the underseat aperture, and completely ignored the fact that the plastic panel at the back of the seat frame just pops off with no tools! The sides are only plastic as well, although they would be harder to break through.

    Neat job!
     

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