Originally Posted by Mr Lynn
Our Casita is in a side yard, not visible from the road. I just have the brass hitch lock on it, which I assume came with the trailer originally (it's an unusual lock that uses the key to turn a hasp screw), but nothing else.
I wonder, though, about leaving the trailer for a day in a campsite, while going off playing tourist. I assume the dangers of theft in most campgrounds are minimal, but should I assume that? I do worry about computers and cameras (though mine are both old), and might make a point of carrying them in my TV for the day. Not that cars and trucks are that secure, either. . .
I read an article on campground / trailer thefts and it said only 2 out of 1,000,000 nights camping is the number of thefts recorded in campgrounds. Break-ins are higher, small thefts of things left outside and unattended or overnight higher yet, of course, but only twice out of 1 million camping nights/days were the whole trailers stolen. So the odds aren't huge.
MOST trailer thefts occur in long-term storage lots.
In-between are those taken from next to houses.
We have ours in the driveway, which is bad because everyone can see when we're gone. Also there has been a certain amount of teenagers' hooliganism and malarkey in our driveway, but after they stole a hummingbird feeder from our front yard, we put up a camera thingy, motion-activated lights
, and plenty of signs. End of the malarkey (so far, and it's been long enough the signs are fading badly--time to renew them, I realize).
Paul has a hitch lock / padlock on the tongue...still, every morning I check and feel good Peanut is still there.
Peanut is well-insured for total loss...smaller losses like minimal thefts / damages we'll cover ourselves.
We keep nothing of much value or interest to youth in the trailer. Maybe my puff pillow or the porta-potty with the fitted cover. Hmmmm. NOT.
The idea about taking off a wheel is actually super good--we have better support/stabilizer jacks now and I believe they could support that side of the trailer. Someone with initiative could still take it, a flatbed could do it, but gosh, that'd be a rassle.
They (those in the know) say make the theft hard; you don't have to make it impossible. Most thieves won't go to great lengths unless the target is of great and easily resalable value. (Like drugs, maybe.) NOT a huge or easy market in no-title vintage trailers, perhaps.
This is an important topic and great coments, all, thanks.