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Old 03-06-2016, 12:19 AM   #1
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Newbie question about security

After having my A194HW stolen from my side yard in broad daylight, I'm taking several steps to see that the T21TBHW that I am picking up on the 21st doesn't disappear the same way. About the only 'security' I had on that one was that the jacks were all down. The thieves dug grooves with them as they crossed my driveway. I had no idea that trailer theft is a common problem.

So here's what I have so far: 1) a hitch lock with enough room to lock up the chains as well, 2) a wheel lock, 3) locking lug nuts - two per tire. I realize that this will only stop the less determined thieves, but I feel like it's a good start.

So here's my question: Would there be any advantage to pulling out the brake cable to lock the brakes as well? Is there an easy way for a thief to circumvent a missing brake cable?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!


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Old 03-06-2016, 12:28 AM   #2
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Easier than all that is to remove the tire(s) from one side of the unit and lock it (them) in your garage. Everything else you did is 5 minutes to a determined thief.

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Old 03-06-2016, 12:29 AM   #3
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Since the brakes are powered by the trailer battery, pulling the emergency brake pin, will drain the battery and probably damage the electric brakes.
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I think whatever you do is only a deterrent . I do these things to slow down a thief.. hitch pin lock, hitch ball lock, heavy duty cable with a heavy duty padlock. The cable goes around the frame, at the tongue and around the carport upright. In addition I have covers over the jack and the camper. I just want to slow them down as much as possible. If I am going to be away from home for very many days..... I park the spare vehicle in front of the camper. Most important: I have good insurance.
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Old 03-06-2016, 12:15 PM   #5
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Another inexpensive option to help foil would be thieves when parked at your home are the phony security cameras with the blinking red light( battery powered and available on Amazon. Use a PVC pole and it will hide the phony non- existant electrical.) I had one in use in the parking garage at an apartment building I owned in a crummy neighborhood. All the tenants thought it was real. It did the job & deferred theft. (My brother's idea to save money- he was the manager.)
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Park another vehicle in front of it
Locking wheel boot that also protects lugs or remove wheels
hide some kind of gps device inside the trailer
Find a nearby empty garage that will let you store it inside
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All you can do is slow them down. Years ago someone we know had a pop up stolen. They had a tongue lock on it, chains through the wheels to loops embedded in the concrete slab, inside a locked chain link fence. They also had a security camera on it. From the time the guys cut the gate lock to the time they rolled off was under 3 minutes.

I have to secure construction trailers, the absolute best method is to remove wheels if possible. We also use wheel boot similar to what the police departments use for unpaid parking fines. We haven't lost a booted or wheel removed trailer recently. We did loose one without the wheels a couple of years ago, they backed up to it with a rollback and winched it on board.

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Old 03-06-2016, 04:52 PM   #8
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I'm always amazed at the ingenuity of thieves, the lengths they will go to in order to get something for free. If the thieves put half of their bad efforts to an honest job they could do great things.
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I just pay my insurance premium and don't worry about a thing!
We leave ours at a seasonal site all year, no lock on my king pin or anything.
If they want to break camp and take it....they can have it. Doubt they will be there long before our landlord runs them off though!

My thought is a cable ran thru the wheels and thru the frame would be better than anything. We use to do that on our boat trailers.

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