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Date:         Mon, 10 Jul 2006 12:03:27 -0700
Reply-To:     Joel VanderKwaak <joelvanderkwaak@GMAIL.COM>
Sender:       Vanagon Mailing List <>
From:         Joel VanderKwaak <joelvanderkwaak@GMAIL.COM>
Subject:      Re: Increasing security in Vanagon, Cabinet locks
Comments: To: Eugene Chen <>
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Hi Eugene,

I have one of these between the front seats:

I still need to bolt it to the van though.

I'm in Mtn View if you want to take a look sometime.


On 7/10/06, Eugene Chen <> wrote: > > Hi all - > > We're planning to take a long trip (well moving for about a year) from San > Francisco down to Oaxaca, Mexico, mostly down the Pacific route, but > possibly cutting through Mexico city to save a little time. > > I'm very psyched for the trip, but my one paranoia is security in the car > as > we'll be moving lots of valuables. So I've been trying to think of ways to > maximize the security of the Vanagon. > > So far, I have a Club and am planning to install an alarm system with a > big > obnoxious red light. I'm going to keep the curtains on most of the time, > hoping that doesn't attract more attention and keep the van garaged > whenver > possible. > > The other idea I had was to install cabinet locks on the two side cabinets > and a large hinge lock on the under-seat storage. The underseat storage > seems the most secure, as the seat is a bit more durable and there is some > chance that thieves wouldn't notice it (although the lock itself will draw > some attention). I may put hinge locks in two positions: for when the seat > is up and for when the seat is folded down. > > A few people have commented that cabinet locks are not much of a deterrent > as anyone who wants to break in could get pry the particle board doors > with > a screwdriver; one person commented that I'd just end up with smashed up > cabinets. My feeling though is that every little bit of deterrent helps. > > A buddy suggested having a lockbox welded somehow in the back, but it'd > have > to be rigged somehow to still allow engine access. He also suggested a > locking bar to go across the front of the cabinet doors, but that just > sounds like an ugly shame. > > Any other opinions, experiences, or mods? > > I'm in love with my new van and now I don't want anything to happen to > her! > > Thanks! > > Eugene > '85 Westfalia and goin' to Mexico >

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