Sussex Installations bring you the finest products on the market with our T Series Deadlocks. If your van's standard locking system is breached then our T Series Deadlocks will give you an extra mechanical layer of security stopping the thieves from simply entering your van. The lock also serves as a visual deterrent; so with easier pickings along the road your van will be safer. The key is a security/ dimple type and manufactured from solid nickel silver with a large easily gripped bow.
What are hook locks?
When we say hook lock (or hooklock), we are referring to the lock case and not to the lock barrel. With a hook lock the bolt (which secures your deadlock to the bracket) has a hook and rotates as you turn the key and the hook part of the bolt locates behind the bracket that we fit. This will make it harder for someone to lever the bolt from the bracket in the case of an attack.
Are hook locks available for my van?
For most of the current model vans we have a hook lock option for the side load doors and the rear barn doors. We will always fit a hook type deadlock if it is available for your model van. Cab doors are typically standard lock cases and not hook lock cases. Sometimes we can offer higher and/ or lower positions for deadlocks on load area doors; it's sometimes possible that one position is a hook type lock and the other is a standard lock case (sometimes both are hook type and sometimes neither are hook type). Non current production model vans or less popular model vans are more likely to be non hook type lock cases. If you specifically want hook locks, then it's best to check if we have them available for your model van and which doors on your van they are available for.
High or low position?
We may have high or low deadlock positions for the side load door and rear barn doors of your van, so the position of your locks may vary from those in our pictures. We make every effort to show pictures (or videos) of the different lock positions on each specific make/ model and year variant van, but we can't always show every option and positions can change over time as we respond to attack methods and as things evolve. If you have a specific preference of where your lock will go, then please check with us at that the position you want for your van is available before you order as all kits are made specifically to order and parts for the low down position will not work for the high position and vice versa.
Do you have any windows in the rear of your van?
Please also let us know if you have any windows (glass) in the side or rear doors as the high position locks are often not compatible when there is a window in the panel.
So what's the difference in the key? S series and T series Deadlocks?
T Series: The T Series key is a security dimple type key with different depth holes drilled into the flat surface of the key, the T Series key is more resistant to lock picking and is stronger. In short, our T Series locks are the better deadlocks and typically we only sell the better locks (be careful if you are price matching from us to another supplier who might just be offering the basic locks).
S Series: The S Series key is more like your traditional Yale type key with the key cuts on the edge of the key, although it is a controlled blank and not one that is available over the counter in this country. We can sell these locks to you if you prefer and you can save some money by having them, but it is our opinion that you might as well buy the better (T Series) locks from us.
To Sum up, having either lock on your van will give you an extra layer of security, most van break in's are probably done in seconds rather than minutes by taking advantage of a manufacturers weak point. That weak point varies from one model van to another. It might be a thief using a skeleton key on your factory lock, twisting your factory lock with grips, putting a hole through the thin metal of your bodywork or as simple as tricking your van into unlocking itself by pulling the bottom of the door open! the point is that if a van thief knows that they can break into a particular model van in 15 seconds with out making any real noise then they know that they can do it to every one of those thousands of vans up and down the country, this makes it easy for them to pop it open just to look and see if there are any tools or anything of value in your van. Don't make it easy for them, instead make it harder for them with our deadlocks or one of our van security packages; then they are likely to carry on and pop open the one parked down the road from your van (as harsh as that sounds for them).
Thatcham Approval/ Thatcham Accredited?
As of the 1st January 2019, no aftermarket van locks have Thatcham approval; as Thatcham removed the category in which these van deadlocks used to be categorised in. They are still the same great locks that had Thatcham accreditation, but unfortunately they and no other van deadlocks have Thatcham approval now. Nothing has changed, you should still only purchase quality products from a trusted van security business; in the same way that you should always have done so! The message simply is to take advise on your van security from an expert business, purchase your van security products from an expert business and only have your van security products fitted by an expert business!
We don't consider deadlocks to be a DIY fit product; as appropriate tools, skill and experience in cutting metal and working on motor vehicles is required. But if you have the skill and tools to complete the task then we can supply you with a full fitting kit and fitting instructions that are specifically made for your vehicle.
Sussex Installations offer a professional installation service by our experienced installers. We will take great care of your van with quality workmanship, our unique clean down process and application of rust prevention solution to any drilled metals. We are the van security specialists and have the knowledge, skills, experience and tools to carry out the installation to the highest standard.