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Old 09-05-2014, 11:41 PM   #61
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Here are the locks that we use:

1. Hitch Receiver Lock - Let's Go Aero 5/8" Class III Silent Hitch Pin - locks ball mount to the receiver

2. Coupler Lock - Reese Towpower Universal Coupler Lock - locks the coupler

3. Coupler latch lock - Master Lock 2847DAT Stainless Steel Adjustable Coupler Latch Lock - locks the latch on the coupler

We park our trailer in our back yard with fence and gate.

All of these will slow down but not prevent a determined thief.
I like the layered strategy Brian. The idea is to make it harder for the thief, and more than one security measure does that. But, I hope you don't ever depend solely on the Reese lock. They can be hacked off or pried off in less than a minute.
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Old 09-06-2014, 12:27 AM   #62
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The idea is to discourage thieves from trying. If there are other trailers with no locks that are just as appealing, they will go on to them. If they are determined to get your particular trailer for some reason, then only making it nearly impossible will do. It also depends a great deal on where the trailer is sitting and whether or not a thief might be observed. There is no question that making it a hassle has deterred thieves countless times. A lock or multiple locks certainly does that.
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Old 09-06-2014, 02:04 AM   #63
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You're right, if they have their pick, they'll pick the easier target. But as a former cop who investigated numerous burglaries and thefts, I can tell you that the time involved to defeat a security measure is a big factor. Many thieves will try to defeat a lock for example, but if it holds up, many will also give up and move on.
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Old 09-06-2014, 07:15 AM   #64
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I find the coupler vault interesting. He surrendered on that one. Hundred bucks on Amazon. May order one. Will give some more thought.

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Old 09-06-2014, 09:08 AM   #65
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Did you notice he did not slip the pry bar in the top front hole and pry down to bend the top plate up so it could slip past the hitch..... Nor did he hit top forward edge with a sledge to pop it past the top of the hitch..

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Old 09-06-2014, 10:24 AM   #66
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He didn't make much effort at all when he got to the product he's trying to sell you.
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Old 09-06-2014, 10:41 AM   #67
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the most interesting thing to note is that in the stolen "Boler in Winnipeg case" the thieves just lifted the trailer away with a large pole. Locks, wheel boots etc. wouldn't have helped in this case.
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Any thoughts on this device?

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Old 09-06-2014, 11:49 AM   #69
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The way the thieves in Winnipeg stole the Bole Travel Trailer convinces me that no amount of prevention will stop a determined thief.
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Old 09-06-2014, 12:42 PM   #70
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The video I saw the guy just used the trailer hitch chains attached those to his truck hitch and towed it that way - hitch lock still on. Took a couple min even plugged in the lights. But I'm thinking about buying a hitch lock and /or a wheel lock . Just to irritate the thief. Maybe putting something on the roof to help identify my trailer. Their are alarms that email you if the trailer is moved and track your trailer sounds interesting.
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