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Old 06-10-2014, 09:19 PM   #1
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Preventing trailer theft

The dreadful theft of the Escape 19' of forum member SimonHayes' parents (under discussion here), has got us wondering about the best ways to prevent trailer theft.

What practices, precautions, and products do experienced Escape owners use to decrease the risk of trailer theft and, while we're at it, theft from their trailers?

Presumably in campgrounds neighbours could look out for neighbours who are away in their tow vehicle exploring the area. Likewise, neighbours at home could do the same for owners who store their Escapes on their property.

Not to dwell on negative possibilities, but perhaps it would be worth asking campground staff at check-in time if there have been any problems and, if so, what precautions a camper could take to prevent another one.

Please recommend specific hitch locks, wheel locks, and other security devices, and any other precautions that campers might take.

Thanks for any thoughts on this.

Brent and Cheryl.
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:29 PM   #2
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The Solar Traffic Info Trailers I see on Highways etc., here in British Columbia, always have one wheel removed and on a set of levelers/jacks.
If someone wants your trailer, they'll haul it away by the chains.
Insurance, insurance, insurance.

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Old 06-10-2014, 09:31 PM   #3
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I'm with JMac, do the very BEST you can. And have good insurance, this whole topic still makes me ill...
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:34 PM   #4
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I was thinking about LoJack on an Escape. It could then be tracked down after a theft and the thieves promptly hung. I keep my Escape locked behind an 8' fence at home with a locked vehicle in front of that.
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:42 PM   #5
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Hi: All... Saw a sign on a gate post that read "We don't call 911". Sorry about the theft, but the horse has bolted!!! Alf
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Old 06-10-2014, 11:56 PM   #6
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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.

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Old 06-11-2014, 06:53 AM   #7
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What about a wheel locking device such as this: Trailer Lock by Trailer Keeper.
You could also pay for a tracking service like this: SPOT Trace Services. Or, you could place a sign SAYING you have such a device hidden on the trailer, thus creating an additional theft deterrence. The SPOT device probably wouldn't work as it may need a clear view of the sky and thus be easily found and removed if you posted warnings of it's existence.

This is of concern to us as we will on occasion, park our trailer at a remote trailhead and head into a back country hut or campsite for 3 to as much as 7 days.
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:19 AM   #8
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I keep mine in a fenced in yard with security by Newfoundland.

I try to make it harder to steal mine than someone else's and over-insure it.
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:25 AM   #9
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I probably should do more, but can't seem to be bothered. I think I will start using a bit of a deterrent though. Heck, I wintered my trailer beside a storage garage I rent, which has alley access, and never locked it up. Never even thought to.

Like others though, I do carry good insurance.
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:57 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by sturski View Post
I keep mine in a fenced in yard with security by Newfoundland.
LOL.. Yup Mr. & Mrs. Newfoundland, Shepherd, and their relatives achieve fantastic results especially when there's a fence to focus their already strong sense of perimeter defence. You never seem to hear about a lot of thefts from junk yards

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