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Old 06-14-2014, 03:55 PM   #1
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Truck Security... Is it Really Safe?

I was wondering just how some of you secure your trucks.. It seems about everyone loves these older trucks... even auto thief's
A number of years ago my work van,, a 84 GMC 3500 with a 12' box on it just drove off my driveway... $35,000.00 worth of tools and equipment just drove away.. not to mention the Van..
Most of these older Trucks can be very easy to hop in and drive off,, more so if you can get under the hood and have a set of alligator clips.

So I'd really like to hear what you do to make sure your Truck,, Stays Yours!

What do you do to keep the hood down?
Have you looked at a key less entry's to your engine compartment?
How about the old hidden kill switch? has anyone used a kill switch but used a coded dip switch instead?
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Old 06-14-2014, 04:06 PM   #2
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Re: Truck Security... Is it Really Safe?

there are some good threads buried in here about running a pull cable for a release for the hood. Some other folks have set it up so they can literally lock it with a pad lock... or a permanent lock that has a key.

some more about various kill switch setups... basically the discussion is where to wire it in and where to hide it.

As far as getting into the cab, a screwdriver to pop the vent window latch is all you need.

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Old 06-14-2014, 04:09 PM   #3
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Re: Truck Security... Is it Really Safe?

Here's a couple short threads started awhile back:
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Old 06-14-2014, 04:14 PM   #4
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Re: Truck Security... Is it Really Safe?

I just use a gun padlock to hold the hood shut....tuck it up in and no one knows its there. Tool can is bolted to the PS inner fenderwell so as long as the hood is shut/locked, tools are secure.

As for drive off security....just lock the doors and windows and don't leave nothing in the bed and have good insurance. Ain't much more ya can do cept refrain from parking in the Sh*ttygritty hellshalfacre parts of town anyways.
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Old 06-14-2014, 04:47 PM   #5
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Re: Truck Security... Is it Really Safe?

Pull the coil wire and put it in your pocket when leaving the truck parked in strange areas. Won't stop a roll back, but it will prevent a joy ride.
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Old 06-15-2014, 08:30 AM   #6
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Re: Truck Security... Is it Really Safe?

The PO installed a kill switch under the hood. It is hooked to the battery and if I don't turn it to the off position the battery drains within 4 hours. Its good and bad.
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Old 06-15-2014, 11:37 AM   #7
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I use a small chain and padlock on the hood, but I like the previous idea submitted about a gun lock, and tucking it out of the way hidden like.
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Old 06-15-2014, 01:14 PM   #8
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Re: Truck Security... Is it Really Safe?

Hidden kill switch. Can't tell you where or it won't be a secret anymore (here's a hint though - it includes the lighter).
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Old 06-15-2014, 01:17 PM   #9
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Re: Truck Security... Is it Really Safe?

I have a poly coated rope chain and a hardened lock that I put on the hood if I'm staying overnight at a show or something. I can also disconnect my ecm and remove it in 5 seconds, so hotwiring is out.

That being said, you can force-open or bump key the door locks in about 15 seconds or less.
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Old 06-15-2014, 01:26 PM   #10
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That's what full coverage insurance is for.
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Old 06-16-2014, 12:51 AM   #11
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That's what full coverage insurance is for.
OK, just hand over your keys right now. Thats modern-car mentality
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Old 06-16-2014, 05:26 AM   #12
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If somebody is at the door sayin that, try draw and aim. They will likely seek another vehicle to boost.
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Old 06-16-2014, 06:21 AM   #13
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Re: Truck Security... Is it Really Safe?

3-on-the-tree is the best security system around.

That said, a kill switch and a gas line shut-off work good too.
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Old 06-16-2014, 07:06 AM   #14
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Re: Truck Security... Is it Really Safe?

Later model steering column in ours with key on column and shifter lock built it. Not theft proof, but slows them down a bit. Also have inside hood release., and remote turn off for ecm. I saw BR3W City's posted before about that and thought was a great idea!

Already have great insurance, but stupidity isn't covered, extra precautions are. Sure the insurance will help with a small part of replacement, but I like THIS one and want to keep it.
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E.C.M. ???

What the heck is that? lol
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What the heck is that? lol
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What the heck is that? lol
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Old 06-16-2014, 01:47 PM   #18
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Re: Truck Security... Is it Really Safe?

If you're putting in a kill switch, think about putting it in the wire for the coil rather than the wire for the starter.
If it is wired into the starter and they try to hotwire it, the fact it isn't cranking will make a thief suspicious and they will likely go looking for a kill switch.
however, if it is wired into the coil the engine will crank but not turn over. This way a)they are more likely to think it just has a problem starting and b)there is a chance you will here the truck cranking and be able to catch the bastard.
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If you're putting in a kill switch, think about putting it in the wire for the coil rather than the wire for the starter.
If it is wired into the starter and they try to hotwire it, the fact it isn't cranking will make a thief suspicious and they will likely go looking for a kill switch.
however, if it is wired into the coil the engine will crank but not turn over. This way a)they are more likely to think it just has a problem starting and b)there is a chance you will here the truck cranking and be able to catch the bastard.
Your thieves troubleshoot? heheh you might end up with a better running car after they try to steal it!
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If you're putting in a kill switch, think about putting it in the wire for the coil rather than the wire for the starter.
If it is wired into the starter and they try to hotwire it, the fact it isn't cranking will make a thief suspicious and they will likely go looking for a kill switch.
however, if it is wired into the coil the engine will crank but not turn over. This way a)they are more likely to think it just has a problem starting and b)there is a chance you will here the truck cranking and be able to catch the bastard.
^This is exactly what I do. Itís super easy and very effective. A thief would need a tow truck to steal this thing.
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Almost every kill switch it wired to the coil.
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Re: Truck Security... Is it Really Safe?

I have several kill switches in different vehicles. I have the hidden one attached to the coil which is what foiled them from stealing my truck after they tore up the column lock. For added insurance I added one like this to the battery: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgrefu...&h=1200&w=1200 you unscrew it at night or remove it completely and their the ones who are screwed.
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I just found a pretty cool app called Alfred:
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Take an old Android or Apple phone and point it at the drivers door.
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