Security From Theft
Posted On May 29, 2019
There are several different ways to look at this issue of Security from theft. One is when the trailer is in storage and the second is when you are travelling/camping.
Realize that 95% of all trailer theft is pre-planned. That means that the perpetrator has cased out the trailer at the location where it is being kept. That doesn’t mean that it can’t happen as an opportunity of circumstance – thus the 5%.
The assumption here is that you store your trailer in a “secure gated third-party location” (not in a locked garage). Locked gates only add a false sense of security (even if video surveillance is available) because the trailer itself has not been secured. To be anti-theft you must immobilize your trailer. I have seen YouTube surveillance videos of trailer theft that took less that 60 seconds!
By-the-way, parking your trailer in your driveway at home is NOT a secure place (even though you may think it is), you need to take the same precautions as parking in a third party storage facility.
When travelling it is not unusual to park the trailer at a campsite and leave it unattended for short periods of time to go exploring, go grocery shopping etc. Often, trailer security doesn’t even enter one’s mind. I have also seen in our “safe” Canada people leave their campsites with all their camping equipment lying about (chairs, BBQ, stoves, portable solar panels etc.) with no thought that these present opportunities of circumstance.
What We Do
While I’m not paranoid about theft, owning an Airstream is an investment worth simple precautions to protect. While nothing is impossible, the harder you make it to steal, the less likely it will be taken. We have adopted the following precautions:
1. Emergency break-away chains are connected with quick connect links so that they can be removed. Theft has occurred by simply rapping these chains to tow hook on the back of a truck. Removing the chains helps prevent this.
2. Coupler Vault such as: a) MegaHitch Lock Coupler Vault Pro, b) Proven Industries Coupler Lock, c) BRHL Steel Ball and Ring Hitch Lock. There are many different coupler locks out there to choose from, some are cheap. Rule of thumb, “you get what you pay for”. A quality Coupler Vault makes it impossible to hitch the trailer – period.
3. Trailer Coupler Padlock is nice added security with the Coupler Vault.
4. Trimax Wheel Locking Chocks. If it can’t roll it can’t move.
While we are not all that concerned when camping at Provincial Parks in British Columbia, we do chain our portable Solar Panel and Champion Generator so they don’t grow legs. I always think about how I can assist honest people to remain honest by removing temptation 😇.
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