1. We tinted the windows on the van
-This not only made it difficult to look into the van, it also provided necessary shade from the glaring sun. We had it done at Speedy Auto Glass in North Vancouver, at a cost of $395.
-We went with a "ST-12D Drawer Safe" from West Coast Mobile Locksmiths in Vancouver. It cost $256 installed (under the back bench seat) and was big enough to hold our passports, spare cash and credit cards, key paperwork, cameras and I-Pods.
3. We used a Club on the steering wheel
-A good visual deterrent, if nothing else.
4. We installed a flashing fake alarm light
-Another good visual deterrent and costs less than $20 bucks.
5. We brought Adrienne
-Being a female, she made sure we made smart decisions about where we parked the van and where we camped for the night.
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