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Old 02-10-2024, 12:11 AM   #1
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Question Secured Lockbox: Recommend? Attachment?

Hello SMB-ers

I have a 2001 Ford E-250 RB50.

Assuming expectations of break-ins, I am seeking recommendations from this community best way of securing stowing:
  • wallet, cash, passport, papers
  • Responsible handling to keep out of harm's way
  • (optional) 13-inch macbook

Recommendations...
  1. Make/model of Lockbox?
  2. Location to attach Lockbox?

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Old 02-10-2024, 08:01 AM   #2
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What does your interior layout look like, is it the typical 50?
Are you looking for a bolt on solution or willing to do some fabrication? Sounds like bolt-on but just checking.

You say RB50 but your signature says EB ... ????
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Old 02-10-2024, 08:31 AM   #3
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Appreciate your response. Thank you for pointing out my signature.
  1. interior layout is an RB50, a typical 50.
  2. Bolt would be preferred but willing to do some fabrication

I did some homework and came across two sites
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Old 02-10-2024, 09:07 AM   #4
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Hiding things in plain sight is going to be just as effective, if not moreso, than something like one of those car safes that bolts down in a common location. Thieves are pretty good at what they do, they know the areas to check and the tools to use to be in and gone pretty quick.

A low cost, low effort, and surprisingly effective security measure is to use one of the fake battery shells they sell on Ebay and put your stuff in there. Use a regular battery hold down and its moderately secured to the piont of needing hand tools to get it out.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/36412420487...ntid=622851436
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Old 02-10-2024, 09:13 AM   #5
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In the typical 50 I like the cubbies below the closet spaces on the driver side. Kind of depends on what convenience one wants balanced with "harder to find".

I think a cool spot, if not occupied by a table top is the underside of the couch seat. Good for wallet and lighter items, bit more difficult for a laptop. Another for attaching a box is right behind the driver seat on the vertical wall but this is far more visible.

So, picking the potential spot, or more likely spots, will then dictate dimensions. I have played w the idea of the hotel room type safe but each time I nix the idea due to size and the clear space needed to open the door. I revert to hiding vs locking since there are so many spots to hide stuff.

Would a locking box in the cubbies work for you?
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Old 02-10-2024, 11:20 AM   #6
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fake battery shells
I like this idea!

Use a regular battery hold down and its moderately secured to the piont of needing hand tools to get it out.
Since under the hood there is only one battery hold down, would I need to add another?

Has anyone else in this thread tried this approach?

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Old 02-10-2024, 11:23 AM   #7
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locking box in the cubbies work for you?
I have considered under the sink.

right behind the driver seat
I have considered that as well, yet I place my cooler there. Worth considering again.

So, picking the potential spot, or more likely spots, will then dictate dimensions.
I will

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I found a lockbox made for a Jeep that fits nicely under the seat. A couple of pieces of flat bar steel welded to the seat frame and the box made for a easy install.
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lockbox made for a Jeep
Appreciate your response.
Do you have more details?
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