I've had a standoff with a yearling elk trying his game to get at the ladies a big bull elk had gathered together. The guy was running all over and hard to keep track of. He popped out between a couple cars and headed straight towards me. I ended up in a face off with him with nothing to duck behind. Eventually I got him to look to the side, and he went off that way, but it was about 4-5 minutes before he did. If he actually charged me I was going to grab his horns and twist his head over for all I was worth, but I never wanted the encounter to go that way. To much chance to get injured. My main goal was to use my arm and hand to get him to see that he had a clear path to the side and he finally took it.Frankly, I'd be more worried by an elk in rut than a bear.
Let's suppose I've achieved #1, what are your suggestions for security/inconvenience of break in?We have multiple layers of security for when we are in the van and when we are away from it, but the starting points are 1) situational awareness and 2) making everything difficult for potential miscreants.
The key part of #1 is a risk assessment based on the where, when and circumstances of where you are. The OEM security is pretty decent, absent of a thief with a chip scanner, nobody is going to drive off in a Transit with out a VIN matched chip key.Let's suppose I've achieved #1, what are your suggestions for security/inconvenience of break in?
idk? Electric deadbolts that open with your keyfob. Then there is window security screens for all of the back windows.Older thread...different approach....
I will be leaving my van at remote trailheads for days sometimes, with valuable bikes and other roadtripping gear inside. Knowing a rock is easy-entry, I am planning on bars/grates on the windows and looking for a way to lock the doors from the inside to prevent them from being opened. Even if the big slider window is smashed, and they reach in and unlock the door, the interior door locks will keep the door shut and the bars/grate will make it impossible (within reason) for my bike to pass through. The rear doors will be easy to lock from inside with simple Home Depot hardware, but I haven't figured out the slider. Not sure if a bike can make it over the seats and out the front doors, and I won't put in a bulk head. Maybe a security bar or two that is installed at the bulkhead in just such scenarios could be rigged up.
I agree that more outside locks just draw attention, but again, a cracked-out evil-doer in a remote location will be busting into everything in sight.
Anyone done something similar with inside locks?
I remember watching a movie showing the bad guys holed up in a house, "secure" behind a reinforced steel door. Popo came in through the walls with gas powered diamond saws. Cute and all, but IRL det-cord gets the job done faster and with better outcomes.about 10 seconds, three 10-12" cuts with a cordless grinder, and you; well, not YOU, can peel away the sheetmetal where the lock is on any of the doors and unlock it.
A friend in NYC told me about apartments in her building getting broken in to in the 80's. People had steel doors, multiple deadbolts and locks, like 5 all up the door. The thieves would just cut through the drywall in the hall next to the door, then the interior drywall, and either reach in and unlock everything or just make the hole big enough to step through. So many people think a highly reinforced door will stop crooks. Not if there's something flimsy that can just be kicked through right next to the door like drywall...or a window.