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Old 01-07-2019, 02:03 PM   #1
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Security from Theft

Helo everyone, just a little reminder of security. A friend of mine just arrived a couple of days ago in a campground in Ft. Meyers. He hauls his car on a trailer. The first night his trailer was stolen! He had to store it in a storage area across the street from the campground. He said he had it locked up but evidently not good enough. They only had liability insurance on this brand new flatbed. By the way, he traveled from Massachusetts. If it is not recovered his Wife will have to follow his rig in the car. Yea, there are some bums out there.
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Old 01-07-2019, 02:11 PM   #2
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If it's not one of these locks, then it's not really locked. Pretty much have to spend hundreds on a lock and then hundreds on a legitimate chain to have any shot at deterring theft. If "master lock" is in your vocabulary (yes, I use them), then you're not really locking anything up.
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Old 01-07-2019, 02:58 PM   #3
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Trailers are a tough item to really secure to begin with. Personally, I do everything I can to discourage theft of mine, or even when I rent one. I use a ball hitch lock, ball latch locking pin, motion sensor siren (115 db), and wheel/tire boot. All of which can be defeated, but by using many different ones will make it more obvious when someone tries to steal it, and hopefully the attention will get the Police notified to thwart the robbery.


I watch one guy actually deflate all 4 of his trailer tires after locking it to try keep would be thief's at bay.
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Old 01-07-2019, 03:08 PM   #4
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I think about the only way you can stop a thief would be to take the tires off. Locks can be cut off or have good insurance
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:45 PM   #5
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I put ďTilesĒ on everything I own that can be stolen. They donít stop the thieves, but if you put them where they canít be seen, you can track down the item. They cost about $25 each, but are worth ever penny.
I put a Tile inside the running light lens of my jet ski trailer and it can not be seen or detected. You have to replace them about every 14 months, but itís cheap insurance.
A lock and heavy cable through the wheel and around the frame also will slow up a thief especially if they donít see it. It has been my personal experience that it is much harder to cut a thick cable than a bolt cutter on chain. Chain snaps into where they will have to naw at a cable. Try it and you will see.
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:28 PM   #6
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I use three cables and locks when ever I store it or stop over night, I don't trust anyone. I also use a lock on the tongue and the hitch latch, I run one cable between the rim and trailer frame on each side of the trailer, if the trailer is still attached to the 5th wheel I run one thru the frame of the trailer and the bumper of the 5th wheel along with pin lock on the receiver. Several years ago we were in a campground near Sturgis, they said we could put the trailer in the field adjacent to the camping area, I said no thank you and left it attached to the camper for the week we were there, sure enough an enclosed trailer was stolen out of the lot, per the owners of the campground that was the first time that ever happened. One day I may even remove the tires and still lock it up. and even all this will not stop someone if they really wants it. Have you ever seen the youtube videos of someone stealing a trailer.
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you can't really lock a trailer, you can only contain it within a fenced area.
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Old 01-11-2019, 04:25 PM   #8
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QUOTE: you can't really lock a trailer, you can only contain it within a fenced area.

And that will not even stop the pukes, you can only make it harder for them and maybe they will go down the road to an easier target.
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QUOTE: you can't really lock a trailer, you can only contain it within a fenced area.

And that will not even stop the pukes, you can only make it harder for them and maybe they will go down the road to an easier target.
The point of ANY security system is not to stop thieves (it won't), but to make theft difficult enough that they will go looking for an easier target.
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Trailers are a tough item to really secure to begin with. Personally, I do everything I can to discourage theft of mine, or even when I rent one. I use a ball hitch lock, ball latch locking pin, motion sensor siren (115 db), and wheel/tire boot. All of which can be defeated, but by using many different ones will make it more obvious when someone tries to steal it, and hopefully the attention will get the Police notified to thwart the robbery.


I watch one guy actually deflate all 4 of his trailer tires after locking it to try keep would be thief's at bay.
Hey, please provide the brand and some pics of the type of ball hitch lock, ball latch locking pin, motion sensor siren (115 db), and wheel/tire boot you use.

I like the motion sensor siren, is that on regular batteries or TT batteries?

Thanks
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