Laptop in car and camper van security

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 08:53
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Yippee! I've finally been given the nod by SWMBO to get a laptop for our round Australia trip in 5 weeks. BUT she has given me one last challenge to overcome
'will the laptop be safe' in the car or van when we are enjoying this great land by foot??

HELP in formulating a reply is required. Apart from the obvious, keep it out of sight and lock car or van, are there any other ideas from the ingenious exploroz users, or flawless reply's I can respond with.

PS - Thanks must also go to Johnny Howard for providing the finance through the one-ff child endowment (vote grabbing) payment. I'm sure the kids will believe I have spent the money wisely LOL.

Thanks
Andrew
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Reply By: Puddin & Gumnut (Sydney) - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 09:05

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 09:05
You can buy security cables from most computer stores to lock them up.
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Reply By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 09:09

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 09:09
Did you read about the Tax stuff yesterday - makes me want to buy a notebook - is great if you have your own business.

http://theage.com.au/articles/2004/06/21/1087669906031.html

Of course, it is used only for business
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Follow Up By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 09:16

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 09:16
I actually have it under my car seat and have made up a metal plate and padlock that makes it hard to get out. It is hard for me to get it out too and drives me bonkers so I hardly use it!
Andrew

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Follow Up By: Muddy 'doe (SA) - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 22:10

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 22:10
Andrew,

Yes, the tax benefits of salary sacrifice can be fantastic. Without it the Prado may only have been a RAV4 in which case I would have gone for a Subaru Forester or something else.

In terms of the computer, if SS is available through your employer (mine introduced it ast year as part of the last EBA) then you should be able to sacrifice per tax salary to get a notebook (not desktop). There is no FBT on notebooks and there is no business use requirement. You are allowed one per year and the effect is to make it completely tax deductible. If you are on the top tax rate then this makes it nearly 1/2 price.

Best of luck if you want to upgrade.

Steven
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Reply By: africa - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 10:43

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 10:43
Hi,

Our company imports a product called PortaSafe, which is the only portable alarmed safe available. The PortaSafe can take the newer slimline portable computers, and has a cable that loops around a fixed point like your seat mounts, and is then locked back into the safe. If somebody tries to cut the cable, or tries to force open the lid, the 120db alarm will sound.

You can look at it at www.anglyn.com.au and press on the tab in the left column with the PortaSafe logo.

You can contact me on 0438 646 981. The price is $ 80.00ea including delivery.

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Anthony Taylor
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Follow Up By: Michelle from ExplorOz - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 11:25

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 11:25
Hi Anthony, as an advertiser your business logo (linked to your advert in the Business Search) should appear in the footer of your post - provided you are logged on using your Customer logon details. In this instance it appears you have logged on using your Visitor profile with your Africa screen name. Just click LogOff, and then click LogOn and enter the Customer Number and Password you have been asigned.

If you're going to use the Forum then it is in your best interest to do this, as many our loyal readers may think that you are poaching otherwise.

So folks yes - he is a current advertiser and the product sounds very good in fact, we might even discuss distribution....
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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 16:41

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 16:41
I have a number of Anthony's lockable devices including the "PortaSafe" and they are excellent. I travel almost entirely on my own and have always been concerned about leaving gear in the vehicle (and rest assurred I have lots of goodies :-)) The portasafe is ideal for storing my digital camera and laptop when I am away from vehicle.
Thoroughly recommend it
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Follow Up By: Puddin & Gumnut (Sydney) - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 18:20

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 18:20
Hi Kiwi, You been away or just lurking, havn't read you for ages. As to porta-safe, doe's is fit an slr type digi camera or just the slim type?
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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 18:35

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 18:35
Hi Guys...both actually :-)...lurking and have been up in Malaysia and then Perth...and the rest of the time I have been preparing for my 6 weeks 'up North' which starts as at Friday 2nd July....Syd, Melb, Adelaide, Port Augusta, Coober Peedy, Alice, Tanami, Hall's creek, Katherine, Darwin, Kurumba, Cape and back to Syd....getting just a tad excited :-)))...WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
But I am getting ahead of myself...to reply to your questions:
Havent got slr digital (am looking at one though) but have a fuji finepix 6800zoom which I keep together with all the cables and spare batteries, mem cards etc, in a carry bag...that fits in...also put in my laptop...wallet..all sorts of stuff....this is my camera (http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/fuji/finepix6800-review/) and this is the webpage showing portasafe (http://www.anglyn.com.au/lock_safe.htm) look at the pics to get a size comparison.
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Follow Up By: Puddin & Gumnut (Sydney) - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 18:42

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 18:42
Thanks Mate , it's about the same size as Lex's Canon EOS 300D so I might get 1
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Follow Up By: Puddin & Gumnut (Sydney) - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 18:44

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 18:44
P.s , about trip I'm totally envious. Have a great time you lucky bugger.
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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 18:51

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 18:51
The Canon will definitely fit in....I have been 'lusting' after the EOS 10D for a while and having seen one know that it would fit EASILY...and still have room for other 'stuff'
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Follow Up By: Puddin & Gumnut (Sydney) - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 18:55

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 18:55
Thanks Kiwi. Look at the 300D it's heaps cheaper & an excelent camera
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Reply By: Member - Peter (York) - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 13:51

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 13:51
Get a big book (atlas or the like)and cut the guts out of it like in the old spy movies and keep the laptop inside no one is going to break into a car to steel a book
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Reply By: Davoe - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 14:49

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 14:49
I have one of those tin lock boxes bolted under the bed in my campervan I use when carrying my guns around
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 17:23

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 17:23
Just buy an IBM.......... Apples are the only ones worth pinching!

Nah, seriously, I reckon that the safe from the chap a few posts above is the go, might even get one myself, and I'm a sheetmetal worker......

Cheers

Wolfie
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Reply By: Groove - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 18:49

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 18:49
My laptop lives under the drivers seat. It is connected to a 7.5 inch in dash touch screen.

I made a slide for the laptop, sort of like a fridge slide to get the laptop in and out. It all works a treat.

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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew K (WA) - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 14:44

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 14:44
Great idea groove, I've been trying to work out how I can position the laptop so all 4 kids in the back can view. Thats a great idea and as Strathfield have 6 and 7 inch tft rooftop screens from $300-$400 it looks the go

Also SWMBO has given OK to getting rooftop tft and in car DVD. I'll gain some points back if I don't need the DVD player.
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