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Post by raybow on Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:02 pm

Hi has anyone got an opinion on need for fitting extra exterior locks on hartel doors. I am having a cat one alarm system fitted on my new Broadway and wonder if I need the extra security and is having another lock to open annoying?
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Post by ubuntu1 on Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:19 pm

Just do it, the cost is small and the benefit is great.

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Post by -mojo- on Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:54 pm

IMO, if they are going to brute force one lock, they will happily take on two, and they (and you) won't find out how good the locks are until they've had a good go at it with a pry bar - so the collateral damage is likely to be worse whether they get in or not. If they don't get past the locks then they will probably go through the glass anyway.

I recall a photo on here a few months back where they had jemmied the acrylic side window to destruction but failed to get in, so they then just smashed the passenger window. Even top class deadlocks won't stop them getting in that way.

In that situation all you can do is rely on the alarm and hope that it's near enough to other people for them to care that it's gone off.
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Post by peugeotboxer on Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:25 pm

After a burglary at work, a policeman said it was advisable to leave the keys in the filing cabinet wink02

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Post by Dutto on Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:02 pm

Hi there,

I suggest that with the insurance everyone carries on this Forum there's no need to worry. Whistle1 Whistle1

Just let the thieves get in with minimum damage and then claim for whatever goes missing and buy a new one. Whistle1 Whistle1

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PS Anyone know where the "Tongue in cheek" Emoticon is? lol4 lol4


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Post by CC on Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:25 pm

if you consider how easy it would be to enter via the seitz side windows adding aditional security like extra locks to the habitation door seems pretty pointless to me, alarms that trigger once the connection is broken on windows or doors however might be worthwhile.



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Post by raybow on Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:58 pm

Thanks for all your comments. I think I will save my money and buy a dog.
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Post by Dutto on Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:41 am

Good thinking! allthumbz

There are some vicious looking beasts protecting motorhomes on this Forum and I wouldn't like to tackle this one!! wave wave

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It's that steely stare that makes you think "Keep clear or it will lick you to death!" Whistle1

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Here is a mod that I made to "Petal" that just restricts the opening of the sliding door if the lock is ever forced or opened from the inside.

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Post by Backtrax on Mon Dec 24, 2012 10:00 am

The Cat1 alarm system I had fitted to my Broadway is activated by a fob which locks all the doors including the Hab door.
I have found this to work perfectly for me.
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Post by raybow on Tue Dec 25, 2012 8:31 am

How are you finding it? Are you happy with it and what sort of fuel consumption are you getting?
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Post by Backtrax on Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:41 am

Raybow
Very happy with Cat1 alarm fitted. If you mean the vehicle then quite happy with that also. We got it second hand 15 month old in May this year. Had a few niggly problems to resolve worst one being failed thermocouple in Oven. Re MPG. I get 37 on local runs unloaded. Have done 2 trips to France fully loaded this year. Both just under 2500 miles and Av. MPG on both was 28. Thats a bit lower than the trip computor would have me believe but I am finding it consistently gives a slightly higher reading than me dividing Diesel used into miles covered.
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Post by raybow on Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:19 pm

Thanks. I am looking forward to picking up mine in March.Has yours got the euro 5 engine 130bhp ? Although I am told they perform about the same.
Enjoy your Christmas .
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Post by pat and jim on Sat Feb 02, 2013 3:40 pm

Hi All some years ago a friend fitted steel bars across his boats cabin doors and said lets see them get in there They must have thought he had something worth stealing so they took an axe to it . They took his 100pound radio .The boat had to go back to the builders for repairs and was out of use for the Summer

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Post by Dutto on Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:59 pm

pat and jim wrote:Hi All some years ago a friend fitted steel bars across his boats cabin doors and said lets see them get in there They must have thought he had something worth stealing so they took an axe to it . They took his 100pound radio .The boat had to go back to the builders for repairs and was out of use for the Summer

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My boat was Broken into pulling out 4half inch screws in the hasp took waterproof coat
I filled in the holes and put back the screws claimed for coat on insurance
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Jim,

Many years ago after I had bought some rather swish tools and installed them on a bench in my barn one of my neighbours, an old Grampian farmer, saw me fitting a shiny new lock to the barn door.

"Whit ya doin?" he enquired. I told him "Dinna do that!" he said "They see that they'll think ye have summat worth thievin!"

His £75.000 John Deere tractor was stored in a barn with a rusty nail hanging from the hasp so he knew what he was talking about; and I changed it for a rusty old galvanised lock I hadn't used for fifteen years. No-one broke in whilst I lived there and it was in full view of the road.

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Post by algy on Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:09 pm

Hi Raybo,I will lend you Archie...thats him on my avatar.......enter at your peril.....cheers Algy
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Post by raybow on Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:55 pm

algy wrote:Hi Raybo,I will lend you Archie...thats him on my avatar.......enter at your peril.....cheers Algy

Thanks for the offer but I have decided to leave the wife in the van as she would frighten off anyone!
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Post by CC on Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:25 pm

raybow wrote:
algy wrote:Hi Raybo,I will lend you Archie...thats him on my avatar.......enter at your peril.....cheers Algy

Thanks for the offer but I have decided to leave the wife in the van as she would frighten off anyone!


Hope she doesn't read your posts Raybo..... Takes a very brave man to make a comment like that lol4

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Post by raybow on Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:42 pm

CruizingComet wrote:
raybow wrote:
algy wrote:Hi Raybo,I will lend you Archie...thats him on my avatar.......enter at your peril.....cheers Algy

Thanks for the offer but I have decided to leave the wife in the van as she would frighten off anyone!


Hope she doesn't read your posts Raybo..... Takes a very brave man to make a comment like that lol4

I am doing a life sentence already!
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Post by deckie on Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:24 am

Hi all,

As some of you will know, I like a bit of fun and often go 'off topic' .... but as the Boss is watching over my shoulder, I'm playing safe here hugegrins hugegrins

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I use a chain to link the cab door handles together and have added an extra lock to the habitation door (posted on the 'monocoque' forum) .... also use a Road-wheel and Steering-wheel clamp !!

I'm fully aware that these efforts will only deter the 'casual opportunist T leaf', but gives me a bit of comfort ....... I am also very careful where I park 'Clubby' allthumbz

Brian

PS .... Algy ...... Archie looks a 'Beaut' allthumbz allthumbz

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Post by Harper22 on Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:45 pm

I have to say I too am of the mind the the more locks you put on the outside the more people will think you have something in the van worth taking.

was on a site in the caravan couple of years back when she was still brand new and a couple of other vans had these fancy hefty locks on the doors n things. Interestingly a couple got broken into, even more suprisingly the ones they targeted were the ones with the extra locks.

Ours was left un touched with only a flimsy carvan habitation door or plastic windows to get in there way. I have the same logic now with the camper. If its worth anything then make sure its hidden when your not near the van or take it with you.

The way i see it is if its easy to get in then they "should" cause less damage scratch head Whistle1
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