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How NOT to fit a Deadlock

How NOT to fit a Deadlock

We recently had a customer pop in to ask us to rectify a lock that had been fitted very poorly by another company. The customer had paid the company to fit a Deadlock to his van, but the engineer obviously didn’t know what he was doing and the install went very wrong!

Where did it go wrong?

This is how the lock looked after the install (please note we were NOT the company to fit this lock):

Image 1) The hole for this lock has been cut far too big and therefore there are gaps around the lock.

Image 2) The installer was too lazy to even clean the hole (by filing it down) before fitting the lock. This is a simple process that helps to make the lock watertight (wax oil or paint should also be used to prevent rusting).

Image 3) The silicone use by this engineer was brown and did not match the vehicle colour. This makes the lock look unprofessional. The silicone was also added AFTER the lock was fitted but it should have been put on the lock before fitting to ensure a watertight and secure installation.

Image 4) The key barrel, as seen in the picture, is at the wrong angle because the internal lock mechanism was fitted too far away (see image 6). You can also see the brown silicone around the lock, which shouldn’t be the case.

Image 5) The edges of the lock are sharp and there are gaps around the lock meaning it is not watertight. You can also see in this image that the hole underneath has been cut too big and filled with brown silicone to try and hide this.

Image 6) The lock has been fitted too far away. In this image, you can see the lock has been fitted in the incorrect place. The engineer obviously did not measure correctly.

Image 7) The silicone is not only the wrong colour but has been put on after the lock and has not even been put on around the whole lock (as seen in this image). This means the lock is not watertight and will rust.

Image 8) The engineer that fitted this lock also managed to damage the van. You can see some scratches in this image where the engineer was not careful. In the rear door, there are also dents in the door. The dents were likely to be caused by the fact the engineer did not drill a “pilot hole”, but instead used a drill that was too big, thus causing the metal of the door to dent.

What is a Deadlock and how does it work?

A Deadlock is a mechanical device fitted to a vehicle door. It operates by throwing a bolt into a receiver fitted to the opposing body section when operated by an external key.
Deadlocks are designed and installed to deter thieves, whilst still being aesthetically pleasing. As Deadlocks are under the control of the driver, they are generally recommended for applications where the driver can be relied upon to operate the lock.

If a Deadlock is fitted correctly it can be of great value in helping to prevent a vehicle from getting broken into – it would take a fully qualified engineer roughly 1 hour to fit a Deadlock. If the lock is fitted incorrectly it can be very unsightly and can cause a lot of damage to a vehicle, as was the case for this customer.

How can this be rectified?

One of our expert engineers attended site to see how this Deadlock could be rectified. The conclusion he came to is that the rear door will need to be replaced and made watertight. The dent will also need to be repaired by an expert. The main concern he has was that the side door showed really poor workmanship, and therefore he recommended taking the lockout completely and restarting. It is likely a plate would have to be fitted behind the lock; as the hole that has been cut to fit the lock is much too large.

The Deadlock in the image below has been fitted correctly by a Vehicle Accessories Ltd engineer. The lock has been made watertight with wax oil (thus it won’t rust) and the lock is aesthetically pleasing. The mechanism also works perfectly on this lock as the engineer measured everything before fitting to ensure a perfect fit.

When purchasing such security systems for your vehicle, make sure you know who is fitting the product. More importantly, make sure the engineer is experienced and qualified. At Vehicle Accessories Ltd all of our engineers have undergone expert training and have years of experience. We can supply and fit locks for vans Nationwide. Find out more by visiting yg0jcb.vehicle-accessories.net/lock-security .

Paul Randall
Paul Randall
2024-03-14
First Class! Dave and the team are fantastic. The fit on our first Mobile Bike Service and Repair Van could not be any better. From the very beginning, through the design process, all the way to completion I cannot fault a single thing. As I write this, our second van is being fitted to exactly the same specification and the third van is on the way. Long may this partnership continue!
Tim Lees
Tim Lees
2024-02-20
Very helpful and patient with an older guy who was a bit nervous ordering from a company I didn't know. The product I wanted wasn't on their website but I thought it worth asking and they had it at a good price. It came the next day and worked perfectly.
Richard Shepherd
Richard Shepherd
2024-01-17
I highly recommend Lee, Dave and the Team at Vehicle Accessories after they did a fantastic job for a one off bespoke van fit for my business. I approached them with a rather radical high concept idea, Dave did a great job taking notes from my extensive brief. He made a great effort to listen and take notes along the way making sure he understood and made suggestions for materials which really led to a much better end product. A particular highlight was a suggestion for them to fabricate a wall mounted Steal Mesh cage system for my equipment which far exceeded my expectations of quality and engineering. During the planning stage and construction suggestions were made to change materials and systems for what they thought would work better for the project as it developed. The end product was perfect and done to a very high standard, it really turned out better than I ever hoped for. Communication throughout was excellent with regular updates, fast responses and easy dialogue when confirming details or discussing changes. Changes were managed quickly and efficiently throughout the build with a great deal of flexibility and professionalism. Even though I was just having just one bespoke build being done for myself I felt highly valued as a customer and treated with the same level of respect and attentiveness as someone ordering a fleet. The quality of work and customer service will certainly mean I’ll be coming back for my next van project.
Philip Taylor Ashby
Philip Taylor Ashby
2023-12-26
Lee and his helpful staff sorted my lock problem that made it easy to break in or steal and at there Christmas closing time🙏, friendly helpful and reasonable thank you all.
Mark Elliott
Mark Elliott
2023-05-23
Great choice of equipment to fit and all done efficiently. They have designed and fitted racking to 75 vehicle for us in the last year.
Ross Thomson
Ross Thomson
2023-05-20
I can’t recommend Lee and his team of wizards enough. They fitted the gas with all the safety requirements and modified / adapted several parts of the electrics. They went above and beyond my expectations - I won’t hesitate to use them again.
Andrew Young
Andrew Young
2023-04-13
What can say.... the order process was simple, prices competitive and when it was realised that I had ordered 2 incompatible parts I got a call to check and recify the order. Collection was easy and the install team did a quick, neat job. Job done....until next time thank you
Annie Meadows
Annie Meadows
2023-02-28
Dave, Lee and the team at VA moved crates from my old van to a new one. Easy to communicate with, quick turn around, met all my requests, made good suggestions (such as putting in a waterproof floor) and did an excellent job. Highly recommend.
miles leech
miles leech
2022-12-22
Big thanks to Dave and the rest of the Vehicle Accessories team. They've done a great job fitting security locks and a floor in my new van. They also moved over my racking and interior lights from my previous van while going out of there way to make it all fit. Excellent service, very efficient and professional. Highly recommended and nice people to deal with. Thanks Miles Ashton Gas


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