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I am looking for suggestions on brands or homebuilt lockboxes for inside the cab. Something I can bolt through the floor OR that can be bolted into the seat slide rails under the front seat. It can be a padlock type clasp. I never used to worry about "smash & grabs" but I will be spending more time on the road this year.

It doesn’t have to be very large, just enough for a few valuables.

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I bolted a harbor freight pistol safe under my back seat for my pistol. It has an electric lock and key lock.

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I bolted a harbor freight pistol safe under my back seat for my pistol. It has an electric lock and key lock.
Under the backseat sounds like a good location. I have seen rifle boxes that bolt under the length of the rear seat that would even hold tools and misc.

I looked at some pistol cases today but they are maybe 16-gauge steel and the lids or front panels on each of them could be easily popped open with a large screwdriver for leverage.

We were in Northern CA last year about this time and toured the Fishermans Wharf and took a ferry out to Alcatraz.

Well, anyway, the fine residents of that city decided vehicle break-in arrests unfairly targeted members of an oppressed class...drug addicts and gangs...and so a few years earlier, they decided to quit enforcing that particular law.

I kid you not.

Well we saw 10 vehicle break-ins in two days in only a 3x5 city block area.

I wound up sleeping most of the night in the truck as I got too worried up in the room.

***Here is a news article from the very time we were there:

“Hidden Cameras Reveal Rare View of 'Epidemic' as Car Break-Ins Hit Record High of Nearly 30,000 in San Francisco“

//www.nbcbayarea.com/investigations/Breaking-Point-475109113.html


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There are many styles marketed for Jeeps that will fit almost any vehicle with separate chairs. But if you have a bench, you're probably on your own. The common small pistol-style safes come with a lasso cable that's reasonably effective. There are a million knock-off brands of the NanoVault 100:


Probably the lowest price I've seen is $13, and other than the embossed logo, they seem to be identical.

But for my Bronco, I built one specifically to be permanently installed in a hidden location so there's no cable to cut & walk away. The door is 1/4" plate steel, so it can't be bent or pried off, or smashed with a hammer like those thin cases. I chose a cylindrical key because they're harder to pick. And it's designed so that drilling the lock won't open the door.


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I designed it myself & had a local fabrication shop CNC-plasma-cut the parts for me. Then I welded it together & installed it. It's as big as I could fit in the location I chose, so it'll hold a couple of laptops, purses, guns, cell phones, and other small valuables. So you could come up with your own design if you have the time. Or you could shop for something more generic.


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There are many styles marketed for Jeeps that will fit almost any vehicle with separate chairs. But if you have a bench, you're probably on your own. The common small pistol-style safes come with a lasso cable that's reasonably effective. There are a million knock-off brands of the NanoVault 100:


Probably the lowest price I've seen is $13, and other than the embossed logo, they seem to be identical.

But for my Bronco, I built one specifically to be permanently installed in a hidden location so there's no cable to cut & walk away. The door is 1/4" plate steel, so it can't be bent or pried off, or smashed with a hammer like those thin cases. I chose a cylindrical key because they're harder to pick. And it's designed so that drilling the lock won't open the door.


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I designed it myself & had a local fabrication shop CNC-plasma-cut the parts for me. Then I welded it together & installed it. It's as big as I could fit in the location I chose, so it'll hold a couple of laptops, purses, guns, cell phones, and other small valuables. So you could come up with your own design if you have the time. Or you could shop for something more generic.
@Steve83,

You are always good for a well-researched and thorough answer (with photos).

Yes every lockbox I have googled has come back for a Jeep. What the heck? How many of these boxes does the typical Jeep owner install in his vehicle?

I am inclined to go with your idea and build my own. I don’t really have a place to hide it in the cab except under the rear seat. So I will just need to build it bulletproof.

I like your idea of cylindrical locks.

The videos I have watched on break-ins in urban areas is they occur quickly without really digging around.

But the vehicle break-ins at trailheads to hiking trails can be a bit more thorough and thats what I want to build for.

Thanks for the suggestions.


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