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Old 01-19-2015, 01:16 PM   #81
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Re: Let's talk Security

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Old 03-01-2016, 12:07 AM   #82
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Greetings,

Just joined the forum. My 2013 E-350 is going in to SMB West for a 4X4, penthouse, EB-50 conversion next month. Been planning this for some time, an upgrade from a VW van I've owned over 40 years which has been in more than a few places it had no business being in, still in the family.

It's a substantial outlay for something which I want to keep and protect for a long time. The best products/ideas seem to be Ravelco (kill switches), Cyclops (Theft Avoidance Module), splicing a hidden manual switch into the wiring for the passenger side fuel pump switch, using a steering wheel lock, and placing a wireless motion detector in the van with an alarm control unit inside the house. (The anti-theft system for the old van is to remove the distributor rotor while parked in the outback).

The SMB affiliate who installs the audio/security systems in the conversion is partial to Compustar, which incorporates a remote start and other electronic wizardry. Haven't seen any discussions related to Compustar in this or other security related posts on this site, so I'm curious whether anyone has recent experience with it. Personally, I like to keep things simple and am not keen on wireless control and functions which I will not use (like remote starting), or having some sort of tracking device on the vehicle.

Since this thread is over a year old, have other good anti-theft systems come into the market in the meantime, and what is their reliability and effectiveness?

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Old 07-31-2018, 12:01 AM   #83
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Sorry to bump this old thread, but has anyone come up with a retrofit solution for this access vulnerability through the plastic license plate holder / barn door latch assembly of our Ford E-350 vans? Watch this video:

My license plate is mounted on the Aluminess bumper and the OEM plastic license plate holder / door latch assembly on the right barn door is normally covered by the swing-out box,.. so it is wasted space. Seems like it would be a good spot for a small secure metal storage safe or at least a retrofit metal protection cover plate or aftermarket metal replacement assembly. Has anyone made a modification or found an aftermarket offering? Thanks.
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Somebody on the forum mounted an external shower faucet-hose setup in there. It looked OEM. They did a write up of it.
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Seems like it would be fairly straightforward to rivet a plate of steel behind the license plate box (from inside the door.)

But then....all an aspiring break-in artist would have to do is **break a window** and reach inside to unlock a door.

These vans just aren't designed like Fort Knox.
(Nor is your favorite German sedan....or Tesla....or Chevy pickup....)

If someone wants in, they'll get in. Fast. Especially in major metro areas where the knowledge/skill sets to do so are in high supply (as is the level of brazen-ness....)
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Somebody on the forum mounted an external shower faucet-hose setup in there. It looked OEM. They did a write up of it.
Yup, I love my outdoor shower, still working great, here is how I did it, doesn't provide any security but it makes good use of wasted space.

http://www.sportsmobileforum.com/for...ion-20004.html
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The depressing reality...

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But then....all an aspiring break-in artist would have to do is **break a window** and reach inside to unlock a door.
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Surely there's a far more reliable (and less technical) solution to all these break-in problems:

Just keep a Pit Bull/Rottweiler/Rabid Chihuahua (or Rabid Calico Cat) inside your van at all times.
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I believe this was introduced by another Forum member a while back (may have been a different thread)...But it still has my vote!

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I believe this was introduced by another Forum member a while back (may have been a different thread)...But it still has my vote!

Here's a (slightly) more subtle solution, provided you have an underfloor storage box.







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