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Security while in Storage

Post by MartinKnight » Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:39 am

Hoping for some help folks...

Reluctantly I've had to put my van in storage over the winter, its outside at the mo waiting for an inside space to become available.

Is there anything I can easily remove from the engine to make it harder to steal? Its a MKIV diesel and I use it about once a week so don't want to spend ages under the bonnet when I'm taking it out for a spin, also I know nothing about engines/electrics so things like putting kill switches in would be beyond me...

Any other security ideas welcome, it seems like trackers are a bit of a waste of time due to cheap and available signal blockers?
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Re: Security while in Storage

Post by Yeti » Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:39 pm

Fuel pump relay?
If they're going to take it, they will, but a disk lock is one of the few things that make it really hard for them.
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Re: Security while in Storage

Post by anoneamus » Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:00 am

If you're using it once a week, just keep the battery in, and lock it. There's no easy way around the immobiliser, so as long as they don't have the key, you're good, unless you think someone's going to tow it away...

I put mine in storage for 3 months sometimes (when I travel abroad). I disconnect the battery, but then it's impossible to lock the car. This worries me a bit, although it's sitting in a locked garage.

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Re: Security while in Storage

Post by dan@biali » Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:28 am

As Yeti says, there's not much you can do if they really want to get it, but maybe making it seem less attractive to attempt it is all you can do.

Steering wheel disk lock and even a wheel clamp will slow someone down long enough to think its not worth it. Would you be allowed/able to install a security post in front of it? What about a camera? Have you got power and wifi where its stored? That way you can keep an eye on it or even set up alerts to movement (geo fences). Thats the other useful thing about a tracker, if they don't have a key and it moves, you get a phone call. Can you make it harder to get into the storage in the first place?
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Re: Security while in Storage

Post by MartinKnight » Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:44 am

Thanks Chaps,

I'll give the disklock a go, hadn't thought about a post either so can do that too.

The storage place is locked at night and they have cctv but two new caravans have been nicked in the last couple of years and now there is a nice Caddy there surely anyone would rather have that than a glorified portaloo on wheels right!?
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Re: Security while in Storage

Post by dan@biali » Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:58 am

Its much easier to steal caravans though and there is more of a 'need' for them. Vehicles are mainly stolen for parts which is why Audis and BMWs are targets. Don't think the caddy is very high on the list of most stolen but its ok to be a bit paranoid!
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Re: Security while in Storage

Post by anoneamus » Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:42 pm

Noone's going to be driving your Caddy away unless they're a locksmith with the right equipment, even if you do nothing. Nothing with a lock on it is going to stop that kind of thief. So whatever you do is more for your own piece of mind than anything else. ;)

If you want to fool 99.9% of thieves (including those with locksmith skills), replace the fuel pump fuse with a blown one.

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Re: Security while in Storage

Post by dan@biali » Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:26 pm

And hide the diagnostic port and put a dummy one in its place...............
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Re: Security while in Storage

Post by Yeti » Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:54 pm

anoneamus wrote:
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:00 am
If you're using it once a week, just keep the battery in, and lock it. There's no easy way around the immobiliser, so as long as they don't have the key, you're good, unless you think someone's going to tow it away...

I put mine in storage for 3 months sometimes (when I travel abroad). I disconnect the battery, but then it's impossible to lock the car. This worries me a bit, although it's sitting in a locked garage.
Open the bonnet, lock the van with the key, then take the battery off and shut the bonnet?
Sorry chaps, much as our 2k looks nice, I prefer my Mk2. ;)

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Re: Security while in Storage

Post by anoneamus » Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:50 am

Yeti wrote:
Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:54 pm
Open the bonnet, lock the van with the key, then take the battery off and shut the bonnet?
You've tried this? Central locking won't lock the other doors if the bonnet is open... Could probably mess around with the central locking settings and get the other doors to stay locked when the driver door is opened, but as I said, it's in a locked garage, so it wasn't a big deal...

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Re: Security while in Storage

Post by Yeti » Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:05 am

Works on ours, but it's a 54 plate, so probably too old to have the switch in the catch.
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Re: Security while in Storage

Post by shanky887614 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:58 pm

anoneamus wrote:If you're using it once a week, just keep the battery in, and lock it. There's no easy way around the immobiliser, so as long as they don't have the key, you're good, unless you think someone's going to tow it away...

I put mine in storage for 3 months sometimes (when I travel abroad). I disconnect the battery, but then it's impossible to lock the car. This worries me a bit, although it's sitting in a locked garage.
? you can lock it with the keyfob with the bonnet up, then disconnect the battery and close the bonnet

just makesure your key actually works in the door first

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Re: Security while in Storage

Post by anoneamus » Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:13 am

shanky887614 wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:58 pm
? you can lock it with the keyfob with the bonnet up, then disconnect the battery and close the bonnet
Nope. Not on mine, keyfob won't lock doors if any (including bonnet) are open. Key in door will only lock driver door if bonnet is open.

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Re: Security while in Storage

Post by shanky887614 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:58 pm

it can be changed in vcds to let you do it

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Re: Security while in Storage

Post by Yeti » Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:17 pm

anoneamus wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:13 am
Nope. Not on mine, keyfob won't lock doors if any (including bonnet) are open. Key in door will only lock driver door if bonnet is open.
Tried turning the key to lock twice, or maybe turn and hold as if you're doing the windows up? Failing that, strap the back doors shut from inside and stick the seatbelt through the passenger door?
Sorry chaps, much as our 2k looks nice, I prefer my Mk2. ;)

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