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Old 04-23-2011, 12:11 PM   #1
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Question Theft-of-Whole-Trailer Prevention ?

Hello, all!

I'd appreciate input from the group on what if any measures folks take to secure their trailers when parked, whether at home or (especially) while camping.
I mostly camp in undeveloped areas, and sometimes leave the trailer unattended; my husband thinks I'm a bit paranoid on the subject of potential thievery, especially since the trailer's insured.
Like THAT would replace-in-kind a trailer made 40 years ago!

What think you all?

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Old 04-23-2011, 12:33 PM   #2
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Anti theft devices only slow the thief down. If they really want it, they can get it, no matter what you do.
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Old 04-23-2011, 12:59 PM   #3
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I have a thing that fits in place of the ball, with a U shaped bar that goes overtop the coupler and snaps down into the lower piece, and it takes a key to remove it. Or a hacksaw, or a torch...

If paranoid, one probably could get a nice long 4000-lb.-test chain and wrap it through both wheels and around the axle and bumper, then to a nearby tree, with the toughest padlock one can find. Nothing like a hundred pounds of thick chain to deter theft.
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Old 04-23-2011, 12:59 PM   #4
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We always lock the door when we're away from the campground for any length of time. When the trailer is parked off season I lock the hitch with a cheap padlock so it can't be hitched up too easy and without noise.

All types of trailer theft is still active in the lower mainland of BC as described below.



March 31, 2011
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General

Bait fleet expands to bust trailer thieves

VANCOUVER – Trailer thieves in B.C. might want to hit the trail now that they are being targeted by police. The Bait Trailer was unveiled today by Solicitor General Shirley Bond to kick off Auto Crime Enforcement Month.

“This is the latest weapon in the highly successful Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT) arsenal, which puts thieves behind bars on a regular basis,” said Bond. “In fact, the province has seen an unprecedented seven-consecutive-year drop in car thefts since 2003. This is a 65 per cent decrease from 26,000 incidents in 2003 to 9,000 in 2010.“

Last year auto theft in the province was down 22 per cent compared to 2009, and thefts from inside vehicles were down 15 per cent compared to the year before – a 61 per cent drop since 2003. Despite the decrease over seven years, trailer theft has remained constant, with about 500 trailers stolen every year in B.C. The new bait trailers can range from recreational and camping-type trailers, to mobile cargo and utility units.

If you are purchasing what appears to be a manufactured trailer, it is required to have a VIN (vehicle identification number),” said IMPACT’s Sergeant Gord Elias. “We want you to check the VIN on the trailer to ensure that it matches the VIN on the registration. If you suspect the trailer is stolen, do not confront the seller, but instead contact the police.”

Police attribute the successive reductions in auto theft to the work of IMPACT and the bait car project that was launched in 2002 in the Lower Mainland. Bait cars and other bait vehicles including motorcycles, ATV’s, boats, snowmobiles and now trailers are waiting to be stolen in nearly all corners of the province.

Bond and members of Lower Mainland police forces also announced the top ten most wanted vehicle thieves, and released video of the first bait-trailer theft and arrest which was captured on video by Air 1 and the bait-truck that was attached to the trailer.

For more information on the Bait Car program and to view a video of the first bait trailer apprehension, visit: www.baitcar.com

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Old 04-23-2011, 01:14 PM   #5
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Hello, all!

I'd appreciate input from the group on what if any measures folks take to secure their trailers when parked, whether at home or (especially) while camping.
I mostly camp in undeveloped areas, and sometimes leave the trailer unattended; my husband thinks I'm a bit paranoid on the subject of potential thievery, especially since the trailer's insured.
Like THAT would replace-in-kind a trailer made 40 years ago!

What think you all?

Thanks!

Francesca
If you have electric brakes with a breakaway switch, and on board battery, you can remove the breakaway pin to activate the brakes. If they're savvy they can figure that out but probably not before making a lot of noise and drawing attention. As noted about... if a thief wants it, like anything else, it will be gone.
I just try to make my trailer obviously more difficult to take than another.
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Old 04-23-2011, 01:23 PM   #6
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If they want it they'll get it no matter what you do.
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Old 04-23-2011, 02:10 PM   #7
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While it's true if a thief really wants YOUR trailer he/she will take it, making it take more time and/or require more noise does help. Things that are easy to take sprout feet faster as a lot of thievery is a result of opportunity. Removing the breakaway pin is a great idea as most thieves are not all that bright (the majority of prisoners are functionally illiterate). You can also post Security System stickers in your windows (with pictures, not just words). The postings usually do more than the system itself, and if there really is no system who would know? If you do get a security system, you might get a discount from insurance company that matches the cost making it a net outlay of zero. I have a padlock on the coupler (even when locked in shed) and a deadbolt on the camper door in addition to lockable handle (thank you PO!). Outdoor items are locked inside. In camprgounds, as at home, it's good to get to know your neighbors a bit (we just wave, say hello and be good neighbors)-- if they see someone other than you messing with your camper they're more likely to take some sort of action. Go ahead and be "paranoid", the little effort now could save a lot of hassle (and money) later.
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My Son the Comedian suggested that I simply take along a gallon jar of my favorite condiment: KIMCHI
He says the smell alone will quickly deter any would-be thieves, if not kill them outright.

I'm grateful, as I'm sure my potential camping neighbors will be, for all of your less-lethal suggestions...

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my brother thinks the boler is a anti theft deterrent all on it's own. It is that reason alone that I was given the boler and not him.
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While this idea is an "after the fact" one, a name or number(s) on the roof, visible only from above, might prove useful in the recovery.
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my brother thinks the boler is a anti theft deterrent all on it's own. It is that reason alone that I was given the boler and not him.
What?
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If you have electric brakes with a breakaway switch, and on board battery, you can remove the breakaway pin to activate the brakes. If they're savvy they can figure that out but probably not before making a lot of noise and drawing attention. As noted about... if a thief wants it, like anything else, it will be gone.
I just try to make my trailer obviously more difficult to take than another.
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Would that wear the battery down since the brakes would be energized continuously?
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Would that wear the battery down since the brakes would be energized continuously?
If you planned this for anti theft purposes you could put a solar panel in the window to charge the battery. It would depend on how long your leaving it unattended.
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