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Old 05-30-2015, 09:20 AM   #1
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Security system for AS Sprinter-Ideas?

I've read about attractiveness of Mercedes Sprinter to thieves taking contents. Thought is "Mercedes" and "home" so computers, laptops, iPads etc probably in there.

Any good ideas on security system would be appreciated.

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Old 05-30-2015, 09:45 AM   #2
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I thought they came with an alarm system, most new vehicles do. I have use "Viper" in the past. Have it professionally installed to insure proper operation.
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Old 05-30-2015, 10:15 AM   #3
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I haven't heard or read that, and think that, unless you live or store in a very high crime area, an extra security system is unnecessary.

Lock your doors, keep important and expensive things out of sight, as you would your car.


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Old 05-30-2015, 10:19 AM   #4
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There's lots of threads about this. Do a search.

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I've read about attractiveness of Mercedes Sprinter to thieves taking contents. Thought is "Mercedes" and "home" so computers, laptops, iPads etc probably in there.

Any good ideas on security system would be appreciated.

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Old 05-30-2015, 12:43 PM   #5
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There's lots of threads about this. Do a search.
These forums are to exchange information. Telling someone to search is not an appropriate response. Everybody knows they can search the topic. They are looking for direct assistance.

If you do not have any information the person posting is seeking then do not reply with this kind of message taking up space. Please allow others with information to reply.
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Old 05-30-2015, 01:06 PM   #6
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I am looking for a replacement 2 way refrigerator for my 1978 int AS good used is what I'm looking for , new ones are out of my budget. Any info appreciated.
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Old 05-30-2015, 02:46 PM   #7
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I've read about attractiveness of Mercedes Sprinter to thieves taking contents. Thought is "Mercedes" and "home" so computers, laptops, iPads etc probably in there.

Any good ideas on security system would be appreciated.

Thanks.
If I interpret correctly, it sounds like you are more concerned about losing loose contents than fixed vehicular components such as stereo system and computer console.

One regular forum user did have some dash components stolen almost immediately after purchase if I remember correctly, and I believe he put in a vehicle-wide security system.

I myself went round and round on the computers and etc. valuables issue because my Interstate use occasionally intersects with my professional life and I have to have my devices with me at times. There is also the related potential scenario of how best to lock up firearms if small children are present (there's a separate thread on firearm management in the Interstate).

The issue is that there's a trade-off between hardening the security options for loose devices vs. available space (and of course price is also a factor). Rather than installing a vehicle-wide security system or a conventional safe per se, one of the first gadgets I settled upon for an extra layer of protection is the Pacsafe Travelsafe 12L security bag. It has the advantage of not being rigid. Thus it can be rolled up when not needed and filled when required, plus, you can squirrel it away into body cavities of the Interstate where thieves would be less likely to find it. Most break-ins are going to be of the smash-and-grab type, and if they don't find what they are looking for quickly, they leave without. Even if someone did manage to locate my 12L, they'd find it to be cabled and locked to the frame of the Sprinter body. So there's a slow-down factor there that should help to minimize loss in the average scenario. The 12L also works well for gun storage so there's a versatility factor at a very low price point.

There are conventional safes that could also be installed, such as hotel type safes, but I ended up not going that route because of the weight and the space that would have been needed. A safe would need to be bolted in to be even slightly effective, and in my Interstate the only way I'd be able to accomplish that would be via sacrificing a lot of closet space. Some RV safes are designed to be mounted into the floor, but I don't think the Interstate has room for those.

I also tend to employ certain administrative methods, such as making the vehicle appear as if someone might be still in it (window blinds drawn, TV antenna up, roof fan left running). I bought custom block-out shades for all three cab windows (windshield plus side windows) and I love them - def one of my best purchases. Nobody can see anything whatsoever inside the vehicle.

Remember too that you can elect to increase your insurance coverage for contents.

And FWIW, I sometimes put the attached advisory in one of the cab windows, a somewhat humorous deterrent idea that also derived from an Air Forums thread.

Hope this helps.
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Old 05-30-2015, 03:24 PM   #8
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Thank you for this reply. Very helpful-a number of thoughts that had not occurred to me.
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One regular forum user did have some dash components stolen almost immediately after purchase if I remember correctly, and I believe he put in a vehicle-wide security system.
That's me. At the same time I had the van repaired, I had a Viper alarm system installed. There are some drawbacks… I can never unplug the chassis battery using the plug down by the accelerator pedal or it sets off the alarm. And I can't allow the van to sit for more than three weeks without driving it somewhere or else the alarm system will run down the chassis battery. That's year-round. On the plus side, I live near the Gulf Coast so the climate is well-suited to using the van year-round.
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The issue is that there's a trade-off between hardening the security options for loose devices vs. available space (and of course price is also a factor).
The cost of the alarm system I installed was about the same as one year's insurance premium. Which makes the alarm a better investment than the insurance policy in my book. For the price of a year's premiums, I've significantly reduced the chance of having to file another claim.
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So there's a slow-down factor there that should help to minimize loss in the average scenario.
Having studied security system design for Corps of Engineers critical infrastructure after 9/11, there are only two things ANY security system can do: (1) slow down the miscreants long enough to make them go away empty-handed or— hopefully— get caught in the act; and (2) identify the miscreants so they can be caught and prosecuted. And those are only ideals, not always achievable in real life. But the point is, if you're relying upon a security system to do any more than that, you're deluding yourself.
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I bought custom block-out shades for all three cab windows (windshield plus side windows) and I love them - def one of my best purchases. Nobody can see anything whatsoever inside the vehicle.
For protection against burglary, hiding your goodies is the first and best defense. Smash-and-grab "artists" are by definition lazy. Breaking in when they don't know if they'll find anything is too much work, when another vehicle just down the block has visible goodies worth taking.
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Remember too that you can elect to increase your insurance coverage for contents.
But also remember that your premium will go up as well. And you'll pay the increased premium whether you have a break-in or not. So decide for yourself the balance between risk and reward.
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And FWIW, I sometimes put the attached advisory in one of the cab windows, a somewhat humorous deterrent idea that also derived from an Air Forums thread.
The "Beware of owner" label is not really a theft deterrent. In New Orleans at least, it's a theft invitation, because it tells thieves that they're likely to find a stealable gun in the vehicle. There are lots of venues where even a concealed-carry permit doesn't permit you to carry a gun (Saints games at the Superdome, for example) and thieves have figured out that these venues are good places to find guns in cars, because the gun owners will leave their guns in their cars while inside the venue.
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I don't know how to link a thread.

But there's a pretty good one that started 5-18 called "Vehicle Security - What have you done?"
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I don't know how to link a thread.

But there's a pretty good one that started 5-18 called "Vehicle Security - What have you done?"
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f240...ne-135290.html

Here's how I link a thread… Open the thread in a new browser window. Copy the URL. Paste the URL into your post using the hyperlink function (globe with a chain link at the top of the message box).
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Great. Thx.
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Old 05-30-2015, 07:00 PM   #13
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I'm sorry if you feel that my post was inappropriate, but I disagree. My suggestion was made to direct the OP to numerous threads that contain far more valuable information that I can provide in a single post, such as:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...as-127674.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f240...-104399-2.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f240...rm-132471.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f240...ms-128374.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f240...te-109490.html

(I stopped counting at five threads, but there are more).

I would suggest my post was more than worthy in answering his original question since it informed him of the fact there are numerous threads already on the subject, and with a simple search he could have a complete answer to the options that are available to him, rather than repeat them again here. It in no way prevented any else from replying. At least my posts, including this one, gave him some useful information.

It's folks like you that have nothing at all to add to the thread (noting you don't even own an Interstate) who feel compelled to make off-topic comments that make it really hard to participate in these types of forums. Thank you for that, sir.



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Old 05-30-2015, 07:28 PM   #14
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Telling someone to search is not an appropriate response. Everybody knows they can search the topic.
Not so. Lots of newcomers to the forums don't realize they can do a search. Admittedly gmillerok1 would have done better to say "search on keywords 'Interstate alarm'" than to just say "go search" but at least he did provide a constructive suggestion rather than just a criticism.
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I am looking for a replacement 2 way refrigerator for my 1978 int AS good used is what I'm looking for , new ones are out of my budget. Any info appreciated.
Bev1940, your post is completely off-topic here and likely to be ignored by anyone who can actually help you. I assume the post here was accidental and you meant to put it somewhere else. You may want to repost your inquiry in a new thread on the "General Repair" sub-forum if you want to get an answer.
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