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Old 09-06-2014, 12:44 PM   #71
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They say if you park you trailer with hitch forward it's harder to steal but hard to get it into the driveway like that need one of those moving things.
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Old 09-06-2014, 01:12 PM   #72
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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.
If a thief truly wants something, they will take it. SCUM! My goal is to make it as hard as reasonably possible for them ...

A difficult to defeat coupler lock is my best option at this point. I also thought of a tracking device.

I also like the idea of something on the roof (painted or decal) as an identifier if it is stolen ...

Lots of good ideas here.
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Old 09-06-2014, 01:49 PM   #73
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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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Second on that, what a phony attempt. I kept waiting for him to put the pry bar in the hole on top and elongate the top. Wondered why, didn't realize till it ended that he was selling that product

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Old 09-06-2014, 02:37 PM   #74
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The Escape 19 that was stolen a couple of months go... http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f3...rrey-3988.html, it sounds like they loaded the trailer onto a flat bed and made their get-away.

I was just over showing Ten Forward to a couple of interested folks, while there I noticed this sticker on the door of the trailer parked next to mine. Food for thought?
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Old 09-06-2014, 02:40 PM   #75
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The Escape 19 that was stolen a couple of months go... http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f3...rrey-3988.html, it sounds like they loaded the trailer onto a flat bed and made their get-away.
Do you know if that one was ever recovered?
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Old 09-06-2014, 02:41 PM   #76
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Leon, we haven't heard so it's probably doubtful.
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Old 09-06-2014, 02:57 PM   #77
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... while there I noticed this sticker on the door of the trailer parked next to mine. Food for thought?
If you looked in a window of this trailer, was any electronic equipment visible? If so, that would confirm that is a meaningless sticker... but of course it might have been legitimate.

The Edmonton Police Service and the Alberta Motor Association cooperate on a program in which they encourage people to not leave anything in their cars, and to display an All Valuables Removed sign to discourage thieves. I'm not questioning that this is a good idea, but I wonder how many people have trunks, glove compartments, and console boxes full of valuable stuff... and the placard in the window in hope that the thieves won't break in and look. It would be interesting to hear what the thieves think of the placards.
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Old 09-06-2014, 02:59 PM   #78
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No Brian, this is in a storage area. Everyone keeps their blinds/curtains closed to protect fabrics from UV damage. So the only way to know if there's any electronics is to break in...
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Old 09-06-2014, 03:30 PM   #79
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Assuming something like the Master lock might work. How would we secure the chains to they can't be used to tow the thing away? Can they be removed easly?
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The chains could be hooked back on the frame and locked there, adding one or two more locks for the thief to overcome (or ignore)... and adding more work for the owner every time the trailer is locked up or towed.

Safety chains are not usually readily removable, but they could be arranged that way... and then a thief could just use their own chain.

The biggest challenge seems to be finding a compromise between making it inconvenient for a thief to steal and not making it too inconvenient for the owner to tow.
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