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Old 06-29-2013, 01:09 PM   #1
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Battery Theft Deterrent.... (return of the $5 Mod Squad)

The following photos document a solution I came up with to create a theft deterrent for my battery and take care of some annoying problems with my battery box....(i.e....filling up with water)

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Old 06-29-2013, 09:30 PM   #2
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Smart, easy, CHEAP.... nice!
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:40 PM   #3
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:07 PM   #4
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Thanks for the comments - I hope it inspires more CHEAP creativity.

I had an afterthought to add a metal escutcheon around the bottom slot. I'll post a picture....
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Old 06-30-2013, 07:29 AM   #5
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When the thieves show up with just these two tools it is hard to prevent thief... Just ask yourself "HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO CUT THROUGH THE STRAPS"...


Sometimes the best you can do is discourage them with something like this and hope they will move on to an easier target.

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Old 07-01-2013, 04:20 AM   #6
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If they want It bad enough they will get it. A deterrent like this will help keep the casual thief looking for a easier target.
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:36 AM   #7
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es·cutch·eon [ə skúchən]

1.heraldic shield: a shield, especially one used in heraldry to display a coat of arms
2.protective shield: a plate or shield fixed around something such as a light switch or keyhole, as an ornament or to protect the surrounding surface
3.nameplate on vessel: a panel on the stern of a vessel on which the vessel's name is shown

Going for definition #2, this was my thought for a little re-inforcement.....made from 1/16" Stainless steel scrap 2"W x 8"L

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I'm sure it will do what you want. Just be sure to inspect the bracket periodically for chafing of anything it comes in contact with. Like the cables drapped over the top. In fact the battery will float around inside the battery box during transport. The screws securing the battery box to the rails should not protude up into the batteries base at all. I'm and automobile mechanic and have been for most of my adult life (30 years +-). I've replaced many automobile batteries and associated wiring due to battery tray failure.

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Shugrue;

Thanks for the good advice. The picture doesn't show it well, but the battery box mounting screws are recessed in (4) wells molded into the bottom of the box and the screw heads have no contact with the bottom of the battery. The ground wire is stiff and I formed it to have over 1/2" clearance from the strap (the battery vent caps hold the strap off the top of the battery). The escutcheon I installed is spring loaded and puts holding tension on the battery so the effects of chafing and bouncing should be eliminated. Don't know if it's noticeable, but I took extra care to wrap the hot wires in cable wrap.
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I took a little different route, My battery got up and walked away a few months ago, so I strapped the new one down.
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Big pair of pliers and it can break out of its box, im just hopen it wont think it worth the effort for its freedom.
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