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Izzy

  • Joined May 2009
  • Stirlingshire
trailer security
« on: February 14, 2015, 06:47:25 pm »
I've just had a close shave when I thought my key had bent in the padlock securing my trailer to my van. The spare key (miraculously in the first place I looked) is such a poor copy that it won't work. I have managed to persuade the bent key into shape with 2 pliers but the metal is weak and I can't rely on it.
 
The padlock is a long shank one which fits thru' a hole in the body and handle of the towbar. The trouble with a long shank padlock is that it is a bit vulnerable to a hacksaw.
 
So this whole incident has made me think I should beef up trailer security. My choice is between one of those devices that inserts into the ball coupling (15ish) and a wheel clamp (30ish). I am tempted to go for the latter as it also works when you leave your vehicle and trailer together.
 
Do any TASers have views on these devices?

farmvet

  • Joined Feb 2014
Re: trailer security
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2015, 10:12:24 pm »
It's probably worth checking what your insurance company recommend. Even the good wheel clamps can usually be removed if you just deflate the tyre...

Izzy

  • Joined May 2009
  • Stirlingshire
Re: trailer security
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2015, 07:35:09 am »
Tks farmvet I hadn't thought about that

Buttermilk

  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: trailer security
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2015, 09:51:11 am »
Bulldog hitch lock  http://www.bulldog-security-products.co.uk/browse/trailer-plant-equip/hitchlock/28 and wheel clamp http://www.bulldog-security-products.co.uk/browse/equestrian/wheel-clamp/73?r=2  not cheap but very secure.  If someone wants your tailer they will take it whatever you use but this deters most and slows down the rest.

hughesy

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Anglesey
Re: trailer security
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2015, 11:14:03 am »
A point worth mentioning. Don't just think about security for when your trailer is parked. A few weeks ago I came out of starbucks on the way home from the abattoir to find a couple of pikeys checking out my trailer. They had a van with a towbar sitting a few spaces away and could have been away up the dual carriageway and miles away in no time at all. Big chain, big padlock everywhere I go now. We've had a livestock trailer stolen before and the hassle caused was massive.

Izzy

  • Joined May 2009
  • Stirlingshire
Re: trailer security
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2015, 06:36:03 pm »
Yes I am v aware of security when the trailer is attached to my van.. This is because I sometimes take my trailer to work at an industrial estate where I leave it parked on the street for 8-9 hours. After work I take the trailer to the nearby dump. So the wee padlock is a deterent, along with the contents of the trailer.
 
BTW the pikeys may have been admiring your trailer in a non criminal way. I look at vans/trailers the way other drivers look at sports cars etc!

hughesy

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Anglesey
Re: trailer security
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2015, 10:05:51 pm »
BTW the pikeys may have been admiring your trailer in a non criminal way. I look at vans/trailers the way other drivers look at sports cars etc!
One having a fairly close look at the hitch area and the other sat in the van with the engine running. And you should have seen his face when I appeared and said "Oi!, What the f*** do you think you're doing?"

 

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