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Jeffrey Scott @ January 31, 2019 10:15 am

History of the problem

We wrote about this problem in July 2018 after launching our external and internal shield set for the Vauxhall Vivaro, Renault Trafic, Nissan NV300 and Fiat Talento owners. But we have seen this hole in the back door break in method becoming increasingly more and more of a problem for owners of these model vans. The extent of the damage to the van is not often as severe as this one, the hole made by the thieves is often smaller although the principal of the break in is the same.

Why the problem all of a sudden? 

  • Van break ins and tool theft have been reported to be up 50% from 3 years ago and so the odds of having your van broken into are higher now than that they ever were.
  • The Ford security software update making the Ford Custom and Ford Transit van that little bit har
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