Extra security

troutlegs replied on 24/07/2020 16:30

Posted on 24/07/2020 16:30

Happy Friday allcool

As thefts of vehicles are on the rise as per our insurers. For our motorhome we are looking to purchase a Milenco wheel clamp £136 the type that fits over the wheel. Anyone out there using one? All advise welcome on any type of extra security.

SeasideBill replied on 23/11/2020 17:57

Posted on 23/11/2020 17:45 by JimE

In my case, my phone is kept downstairs overnight, so I wouldn't find out until first thing in the morning.  However, the Curve tracker keeps a log of the vehicles whereabouts (every 5 mins approx), so I could check that via the app and hopefully would have a good idea where the MH was!.

Not foolproof but saves me having to physically check the MH is still stored safely.

Posted on 23/11/2020 17:57

Yes, also handy for keeping a remote eye on van/leisure battery voltage & temperature.

rayjsj replied on 23/11/2020 23:33

Posted on 23/11/2020 23:33

I use a Milenco wheelclamp on my Motorhome,  as well as a steering wheel lock. The wheelclamp is heavy, and is quite fiddly to put on and take off, So I only use it when stored by my house. It would take an angle grinder which is very noisy, yes, not impossible.but NOT a quick up and away.

 

Philnffc replied on 24/11/2020 19:18

Posted on 24/11/2020 19:18

 

Many years ago before retiring I worked for a well known newspaper and in that time had the misfortune of interviewing a professional car thief, he explained that he had the tools to cut through all security devise's if he had time and most if not all were top brand names but the only security  thing he would walk away from because of the time factor of over an hour to crack was the good old motorbike chain that goes through the wheel. So since he told me that I have attached a motorbike chain to my motorhome one way or another.

Hope this helps

Phil

SeasideBill replied on 24/11/2020 20:15

Posted on 24/11/2020 19:18 by Philnffc

 

Many years ago before retiring I worked for a well known newspaper and in that time had the misfortune of interviewing a professional car thief, he explained that he had the tools to cut through all security devise's if he had time and most if not all were top brand names but the only security  thing he would walk away from because of the time factor of over an hour to crack was the good old motorbike chain that goes through the wheel. So since he told me that I have attached a motorbike chain to my motorhome one way or another.

Hope this helps

Phil

Posted on 24/11/2020 20:15

Doesn’t sound like the brightest of thieves! You can buy professional tools off-the-shelf to split mc chains. Alternatively use a good hacksaw and/or file or grind off the rivet heads - not difficult.

EasyT replied on 24/11/2020 20:43

Posted on 24/11/2020 20:15 by SeasideBill

Doesn’t sound like the brightest of thieves! You can buy professional tools off-the-shelf to split mc chains. Alternatively use a good hacksaw and/or file or grind off the rivet heads - not difficult.

Posted on 24/11/2020 20:43

I think we are no talking drive chains here. If you want to cut through a high security chain with a hack saw you may want to take a flask of coffee to keep you going

JVB66 replied on 24/11/2020 21:18

Posted on 24/11/2020 21:18

I understand via our neighbourhood watch police team that rechargeable angle grinders are the low lifes "key"of choice,  as they can normally gain access to most targets , and  can be very quick removing  security devices and patio doors on houses

SeasideBill replied on 24/11/2020 21:26

Posted on 24/11/2020 20:43 by EasyT

I think we are no talking drive chains here. If you want to cut through a high security chain with a hack saw you may want to take a flask of coffee to keep you going

Posted on 24/11/2020 21:26

In that case I agree. However, not necessarily much of a deterrent unless you buy the right product e.g. something with a high ‘sold secure’ rating tested to survive 5 minute angle grinder, lump hammer and HSS drill attacks etc,

SeasideBill replied on 24/11/2020 22:27

Posted on 24/11/2020 21:18 by JVB66

I understand via our neighbourhood watch police team that rechargeable angle grinders are the low lifes "key"of choice,  as they can normally gain access to most targets , and  can be very quick removing  security devices and patio doors on houses

Posted on 24/11/2020 22:27

As well as portable angle grinders, I understand a small blow torch works wonders on plastic LV windows and UVPC house windows/doors - much quieter than an angle grinder.

Ne10 replied on 25/11/2020 06:50

Posted on 25/11/2020 06:50

From a purely practical standpoint, a very easy and relatively cheap method of enhancing motorhome security is to spin the driver’s seat and lock it in that position. 

JimE replied on 25/11/2020 09:19

Posted on 23/11/2020 10:15 by Rocky 2 buckets

Have you had a dry run by moving it outside it’s expected zone to test it works Jim?

Posted on 25/11/2020 09:19

Sorry for the late reply Rocky, I missed it when you first posted.

Yes, I have had an alert when I drove it down to my house prior to a trip away before this last lockdown.

I also had a couple of spurious alerts when I first got it, due to the GPS signal returning slightly erroneous coordinates, but this was easily resolved by enlarging the radius of my saved zone.

All in all, not a bad piece of kit for £20 and a lot better than an in-built tracker draining my vehicle battery.