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Jeffrey Scott @ July 13, 2021 10:02 am
Please see below the most important things to consider when it comes to your van security.Secure the manufacturer's weak point - address the most common break in methods for your model van. These vary from one van model to another, but a hole through the bodywork type attacks are on trend right now, so internal latch protection shields are often a necessity to help secure your van. But the weak points vary from model to model, so contact us to find out the weak points of your model van and then install security products to prevent the common attacks.Add an additional layer of mechanical security - Most commonly this will be deadlocks for the load area. With newer model vans often, it can be hook type deadlocks, although this advice can change depending on your make and model van and what y... [click here to read the full story]
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Jeffrey Scott @ April 29, 2021 9:20 am
Catalytic converter theft is on the rise again!The price of scrap metal has gone up and as a result the latest spike in catalytic converter theft continues to soar! Catalytic converters contain the precious metal Platinum which currently fetches a high price on the black market.We are seeing a huge increase in installations/orders for our anti-catalytic converter theft protecti... [click here to read the full story]
Jeffrey Scott @ June 29, 2020 3:29 pm
The VaVoid app has been created to help tradesmen and other van owners in the UK to protect their tools, van and livelihood from the epidemic of van tool theft and van thefts that have been happening more and more frequently in the UK and worldwide in recent years.The VaVoid app concept is one that Van Security expert 'Jeff Scott' (Director of Sussex Installations) has created ... [click here to read the full story]
Jeffrey Scott @ January 31, 2020 2:20 pm
The Ford security software update (along with many vans now having higher security driver's door barrels) has meant that thieves are less likely to be able to unlock the load area of the Ford Custom van or Ford Transit van by twisting or attacking the driver's door lock. This is good news for the Ford Custom and Transit owners that the easy driver's door attacks are less freque... [click here to read the full story]
Jeffrey Scott @ October 1, 2019 12:43 pm
Yes that's right, no van deadlocks from any manufacturer are Thatcham Accredited or Thatcham Approved since the 1st January 2019 when Thatcham had a major shake up of it's TQA (Thatcham Quality Assurance) and it's TRI (Thatcham Recognised Installer) schemes. The reason for the shake ups are unknown for sure, but it seems that it was not viable for Thatcham to have so many categ... [click here to read the full story]
Jeffrey Scott @ September 27, 2019 11:18 am
I'm very proud of our team at Sussex Installations for being 'Highly Commended' in the 'Innovation, Digital & Tech Award' category at the East Sussex Business Awards 2019 last night. We all work very hard as a team to innovate, offer great van security solutions, give great customer service, top quality workmanship and deliver just what we say that we do.A massive thank you... [click here to read the full story]
Jeffrey Scott @ September 19, 2019 5:03 pm
There are some van models that have been plagued by a hole though the bodywork style attack on them, in particular the 2014 onwards shape Vauxhall Vivaro, Renault Trafic, Nissan NV300, Fiat Talento and VW T5/ Volkswagen T6. For those model vans we have specific products to address the popular hole through the body attacks where the owner can often have the damaged to their vans... [click here to read the full story]
Jeffrey Scott @ July 17, 2019 1:06 pm
At Sussex Installations we are very happy to offer van security advice to all van owners and carry out great quality installations for them at our workshop in Eastbourne or mobile in the South East of England (including London). As many of you know; we put allot of effort into our YouTube channel and last week we had a special visit for a fellow YouTuber who has a great followi... [click here to read the full story]
Jeffrey Scott @ July 1, 2019 5:49 pm
Thousands of shares on the now Viral video about the Peugeot Expert break in with fingers only by Jay Vassallo, there will no doubt be lots of owners of these vans wondering what they can do to stop this attack on their own vans. Yes this attack is real (on certain model vans only) and yes you can unplug your switches on the side doors to stop this attack method, BUT there is a... [click here to read the full story]
Jeffrey Scott @ March 18, 2019 2:22 pm
Here we take a look at the situation that a Ford Transit Custom Customer is in. He told us he had been in touch with Ford and that his van was not on their list to be recalled to have the security software implemented. Lucky for this customer he had seen the test I had instructed Ford Custom owners to do in my previous videos and knew that he was still vulnerable. So he drove d... [click here to read the full story]
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Jeffrey Scott @ February 25, 2019 12:52 pm
As if van owners don't already have enough to worry about with all the van tool theft and theft of whole vans!! Vehicle crime has risen by 50% in the last 3 years and tool theft from vans is at an all time high.Tradesmen up and down the country are struggling to understand all the different problems with van security and now we have a whole new generation of problem to try and ... [click here to read the full story]
Jeffrey Scott @ January 31, 2019 10:15 am
History of the problemWe 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 ... [click here to read the full story]
Jeffrey Scott @ January 29, 2019 1:06 pm
Sprinter Vans Being StolenWe have had increasingly more and more Mercedes Sprinter owners get in touch with us after their vans have been stolen or after they have found their van with the ignition barrel missing (due an attempted theft). This seems to be due to a theft method where the thieves remove the ignition from the van and then use a laptop computer to extract the last ... [click here to read the full story]
Jeffrey Scott @ October 8, 2018 12:37 pm
Typically our approach is to recommend a multi-strategy security package and one of those strategies is to secure the manufacturer's weak point on the existing factory fitted security. The solution we offer to secure the manufacturer's weak point varies from one model van to another, as they all have different weak points.Problem! with some make / model vans it is just NOT... [click here to read the full story]
Jeffrey Scott @ October 4, 2018 2:06 pm
Here we take a look at our new hook deadlocks. This video shows a walk through of the new hook lock and demonstrates the larger hook of the lock and how they work to help to keep your van secure.If you have read our other news articles, comments on social media pages or seen the videos on our YouTube channel then you will know that we are very passionate about van security! You... [click here to read the full story]
Jeffrey Scott @ September 7, 2018 2:02 pm
A question that we often get asked is 'What's the best lock for my van?' and our response is always to ask some questions about the van make / model & year of the van and what the van is used for and by how many different people. Our advice is typically to implement a three strategy approach; if possible for the vehicle and within the budget of the van owner rather tha... [click here to read the full story]
Jeffrey Scott @ July 19, 2018 12:07 pm
If you are the owner of one (or more) of the 2014 onwards shape Vauxhall Vivaro, Renault Trafic and Nissan NV300 / Fiat Talento model vans? then your biggest and most likely break in method will be through the rear door of your van by thieves putting a hole in your door to attack the latch mechanism. This problem is two fold; 1) The cost of tools stolen / down time if the bre... [click here to read the full story]
Jeffrey Scott @ July 2, 2018 1:15 pm
Yes that's right, the Locks 4 Vans hook bolts are back and available again. In fact we have been fitting the hook bolts in most cases since around April this year, but we wanted to be sure that there was not going to be another disruption in supply until writing another news story on the subject!After an internal investigation by Locks 4 Vans; they concluded that the increased ... [click here to read the full story]
Jeffrey Scott @ February 19, 2018 2:17 pm
See updated article from July 2018 referencing the re-release of the hook bolts.As of February 2018 Sussex Installations will not be supplying our deadlock kits with hook type locks due to the manufacturer suspending the sale of them. The hook type deadlocks have been very popular and are a good security option in many cases, but this winter has shown a reliability issue that h... [click here to read the full story]
Jeffrey Scott @ February 6, 2018 6:17 pm
Tradesmen who have been victims of the current tool theft epidemic that we are in, have been saying for a long time that it's organised gangs that are stealing from them. The news story from West Midlands Police below is proof that there are organised gangs going around breaking into vans and selling the tools through a sophisticated network.'Officers found the Aladdin's Cave o... [click here to read the full story]
Jeffrey Scott @ February 6, 2018 4:19 pm
The news that Armaplate have revised the design of the Driver's door lock protector of the new shape Transit (Mk8 2014 onwards big Transit, not the Custom) is welcome here at Sussex Installations as the previous design was not really suitable for us and we struggled to see much benefit in it being fitted at all. The problem was that the barrel stuck out so much from the door, t... [click here to read the full story]
Jeffrey Scott @ February 3, 2018 3:29 pm
Roger Bisby from Skill Builder visited our Sussex Installations workshop here in Eastbourne along with his camera and production partner Dylan Garton. The reason for the visit was because Roger had recently become a victim of the tool theft epidemic that we seem to be in at the moment in the UK and that made him more aware of how important van security is.You may know Roger fro... [click here to read the full story]
Jeffrey Scott @ August 23, 2017 1:53 pm
This week we are celebrating one million views on our YouTube channel! It took me seven and a half years to reach my first half a million views on my YouTube channel, but only ten months to get my second half a million views!Since I started the Sussex Installations YouTube channel in 2009, I have found that it has been a really useful tool to explain the products and services t... [click here to read the full story]
Jeffrey Scott @ April 6, 2017 12:35 pm
Van break ins and tool theft is definitely on the rise in general, but also higher level of destruction attacks are on the rise to.Something that most of us know is that pretty much all make and model vans are really easy for thieves to break in quickly and easily without much noise being created. Some seem to be more prone to attack than others as their particular achilles hee... [click here to read the full story]
Jeffrey Scott @ April 6, 2017 11:43 am
Van break ins and tool theft seem to have been on the rise since the start of the recession of 2008, but something seemed to happen in 2016 that sent reports of van tool theft through the roof. One person's attention in particular became focussed on this problem and that is 'Band of Builders' Addam Smith, he and the Band of Builders want to make a real change and put a stop to ... [click here to read the full story]
Jeffrey Scott @ March 29, 2017 12:15 pm
When BBC journalist Colin Campbell became a victim of someone breaking into his van, he embarked on a mission to warn other Ford van owners just how vulnerable their vans are to be broken into using lock picking keys; which are easily available on the internet.Colin's online research had led him to find us here at Sussex Installations and he contacted me (Jeff) to see if I'd be... [click here to read the full story]
Jeffrey Scott @ October 1, 2016 1:55 pm
This video shows an installation to a Ford Transit Custom Van where we implemented Multiple security strategies on a realistic budget, we did the following;*Beefed up factory locking system? - To help prevent the original Ford Locking being circumvented and to help prevent the factory alarm being switched off by a lock picking key.*Fit extra security locks - so that t... [click here to read the full story]
Jeffrey Scott @ October 1, 2016 1:34 pm
Beachy head is another really beautiful place and the lighthouse is the focal point of at the base of the cliffs. Here is some drone footage that I shot a short while ago of this truly beautiful and amazing spot.
Jeffrey Scott @ October 1, 2016 1:25 pm
Sussex really is a beautiful place and those of us who live here are very lucky to do so (IMO!), here is a short video from a Thursday evening after work bike ride with a few of my friends. I hope that you enjoy it.
Jeffrey Scott @ October 1, 2016 12:46 pm
YouTube has been very important to the progression on my business, it helps people searching YouTube or Google for the products or services that I offer to find me and that for any business owner is priceless. But being found is not the limit of what it offers as it does so much more than that! The fact that I can take a video of the different types of products that I fit and t... [click here to read the full story]
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