[Ansteorra] Gulf Wars Trailers
Kahn at West-Point.org
Sun Mar 27 14:46:09 PDT 2011
Richard Threlkeld wrote:
>I believe the trailer was stolen on the first Saturday as the owner was early-on. There was no security person on the back gate at that time or so I heard.
>I would suggest we use locks on the tongues and perhaps cables locked to other things.
In addition to the "usual" hitch locks, prehaps a little "overkill"
might be in order. Consider using not only the type of lock that
prevents you from opening the latch, but add two other locks as well.
The first would be something like this:
It appears to fill the hitch ball receptacle.
Then add something like this:
The second link for the Brinks J-Lock shows how it's used.
Iff you want to add more visible security, buy a simple, metal wheel
chock (painted bright yellow or red) and one of those cut-resistant
bicycle cable locks. Put the chock in place, then use the cable lock to
fasten it to the trailer tire.
Even if you choose to skip the latter and just go with the other three,
you'll be spending less than $100. Unless something about your trailer
makes it particularly attractive, a thief is likely to decide your
trailer isn't worth the effort.
I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the thieves do a daylight
reconnaisance and then return much later - probably after the rear gate
is no longer manned - to steal one of the trailers they picked out.
Even if the back gate were more secure, it wouldn't deter theft because
the locks that are usually used on gates aren't difficult to defeat, and
I doubt we could convince the owner to undertake the expense of
installing such a secure gate, even if it's something we want. I'm not
sure we do. I overheard at least one person speak of day-tripping
friends who remained on-site a little later than planned and were able
to bypass the gate and leave.
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