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The automobile safe


September 16, 2006

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September 17, 2006 The automobile is not the safest place to leave valuables – opportunistic smash-and-grab theft typically most theft occurs when valuables are left in full view of the thief, however, the smallest sign of valuables within, such as a satellite navigation or PDA cradle can get you windows smashed regardless. As it’s not always possible to safely store your valuables when on the move, this might be the answer.

We weren’t aware of a solution until we saw the autosafe mentioned by the Red Ferret. There are different versions of the autosafe available that can hold a bunch of smaller items (sunnies, PDA, satnav etc) in a lightweight 1.6 kg 185 x 150 x 97 mm UKP50 (US100) box through to a 492 x 395 x 210 mm UKP150 (US$300) jumbo-size big enough for a laptop bag. The boxes are secured using a wire-rope cable to a chassis mounted seat base, seat hinges or baby seat fixing points so there’s no drilling required.

About the Author
Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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