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Trailer thieves are out in force - July 13, 2013, 03:40 PM

Just a heads up for you all that own trailers. Today I went to where I keep my trailer to pick it up and bring it home for a wash before the upcoming weekend to find that the coupler lock had been smashed off and the trailer had been moved. The thin sliding ball lock was bent and seemed to be what sent the thieves off. They had hooked it up to a truck and couldn't get the ball to seat all the way with the lock in the way, do they left the trailer in it's spot, although moved about 6 feet diagonally sideways in the spot. They also got hung up on the wheel chocks I use to make sure the trailer doesn't roll forward on me while hooking up. Made some calls to a friend that owns a business where I keep my trailer and he said that there have been 2 trailers stolen on that property in the last 3 months. He wasn't as worried (like I wasn't) as I park mine right outside his front door and they work long hours and sometimes on the weekends.

The sad part is; I don't keep bikes, pit gear, tools or parts in my trailer. Those are all in a storage spot. The thieves would have gotten an empty trailer with a GPS tracking device for all of their effort.

That being said, as I'm looking for new locks for the trailer, there are only really shitty reviews for most anything available to replace what I had on there before. Anyone have any experience with anything bombproof or anything that will at least SLOW THE THIEVES DOWN while they try to make off with a nice shiny expensive trailer? I can't imagine they were stealing it to sell it on the "underground used trailer market" with all of the VIN numbers, logos and custom upgrades that have been done but I'd like to make it as unattractive a mark as possible.

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July 13, 2013, 05:25 PM

The solution, of course, is to wire up Claymore mines to pressure sensitive sensors on the wheels

Trailer moves, boom!!


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I was considering one of these.... now I am definitely getting one...

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Just went and looked at mine and my hitch lock has been tampered with too....


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July 13, 2013, 07:57 PM

Hollywood, terrible news.

An old HS friend who owns a landscaping business back on Long Island said the industry had a major problem with immigrant thieves breaking into and outright stealing trailers. They didn't care about the trailer, it was thousands of dollars of valuable landscaping equipment and fuel they wanted.

He said he bought a Denver Boot type of lock and attached it to wheel each night. If the trailer was going to be stored long term during the off season or while on vacation, he let the air out of the opposite side wheel and added a locking (keyed) wheel nut to one of the wheels so they could not replace it with a spare if they managed to defeat the boot - which someone did try on one occasion.

He also said another guy used the old school, zero cost method. He loosened the wheel nuts when the trailer was going to sit for long periods. They were tight enough to say reposition the trailer, or move it under low speed but if it were taken up to speed <BOOM> the wheels would fall off and the trailer hit the ground.

Of course this is dangerous for you if you forget to retighten the nuts before you depart. Leave yourself a note somewhere.



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The solution, of course, is to wire up Claymore mines to pressure sensitive sensors on the wheels

Trailer moves, boom!!
I'd rather have a few minutes with the would be thieves in the back of my trailer.

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Hollywood, terrible news.

An old HS friend who owns a landscaping business back on Long Island said the industry had a major problem with immigrant thieves breaking into and outright stealing trailers. They didn't care about the trailer, it was thousands of dollars of valuable landscaping equipment and fuel they wanted.

He said he bought a Denver Boot type of lock and attached it to wheel each night. If the trailer was going to be stored long term during the off season or while on vacation, he let the air out of the opposite side wheel and added a locking (keyed) wheel nut to one of the wheels so they could not replace it with a spare if they managed to defeat the boot - which someone did try on one occasion.

He also said another guy used the old school, zero cost method. He loosened the wheel nuts when the trailer was going to sit for long periods. They were tight enough to say reposition the trailer, or move it under low speed but if it were taken up to speed <BOOM> the wheels would fall off and the trailer hit the ground.

Of course this is dangerous for you if you forget to retighten the nuts before you depart. Leave yourself a note somewhere.
I'm taking a few steps to immobilize the trailer now. I like the no lugnut idea, but I would want to get my property back without any innocent motorist getting killed by the thieves and their ill-attempted get away with wild loose wheels being hurtled at them. I'm hoping that after they get to whatever field they are going to park it in and after they find out that there is NOTHING of any real value inside of it that they walk away from it. Hopefully not until the GPS tracking vehicle finds it though.


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I was going to say get a Kryptonite New York noose and thread that through the wheels, but the boots will be better. You could also put motion sensing lights on the top. Thieves don't like that exposed feeling of being lit up. Wire them to deep cycle batteries inside the trailer and have a solar panel on the roof to keep it all charged. You could also use that same set up to power LED lights inside so you have light inside when not hooked up to a shore line or a running truck.
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July 16, 2013, 12:17 PM

a few quick things you can do... to keep the draw bar/ball assy from being stolen and to prevent vibration, get one of these anti-rattle locks:
Tow Ready Anti-Rattle with Lock Review Video | etrailer.com

If you have a small trailer, remove the stock the ball socket (2", probably) and replace it with a 1 7/8" one. Most people don't have a 1 7/8" ball, so they won't be able take your trailer on the first try.

For the bigger trailers, cable locks and Denver boots.

For all trailers, a tamper-proof movement sensor rigged to a loud alarm will make the trailer less appealing to thieves.

Bottom line is trailers are by their nature easy to steal.
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July 16, 2013, 12:25 PM

Also, those of you that don't, insure your trailers. It's cheap and worth it.


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July 16, 2013, 01:39 PM

I need to go look at my trailer. Been a while since I checked up on it. Of course it is locked (Gorilla Lock on the hitch, American Standard everywhere else including the chains, in a locked enclosure, and in a limited access facility patrolled by the police. So off hours it's actually pretty difficult to even get near. Makes thievery a bit more difficult.


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July 16, 2013, 02:02 PM

neighbors had 3 trailers in fairfax at their house. One had a real nice r1 and the other two just had landscaping and construction equipment. Trailers were broken into a couple of times. They never touched the bike they only took the landscaping and construction equipment.
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And yet these fuckers never take a bike when you want them to....lol


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Get a couple alarm decals too. Even if you don't have an alarm in it. Put one on the coupler, side and rear doors.


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