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HadEnough

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Posted: 09/30/19 05:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think it is the storage facility that needs to upgrade it’s security. I would suggest moving to a different one.

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Posted: 09/30/19 05:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

there is no safe storage any where. if a crook wants in he,ll get in.

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Posted: 09/30/19 06:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In your situation changing lock would not have made any difference. The thief broke your door. No block could have prevented actual damage to the the work. People who have CH751 keys all know that those keys will fit any outside storage on any trailer. And I think most people who have CH751 keys are campers themself and are respectful of other campers. There are exceptions but as a general rule we've never had any problems at all ever if any campground with our storage compartments. Considering yours was at a storage facility I would say think theft knows nothing about campers especially the CH751 key. If you try to reinforce the door a thief will just create more damage to get through the door. Keep it the way it is and check with your storage facility security.

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Posted: 09/30/19 06:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You might also consider an alarm system with the loudest most obnoxious siren you can possibly locate blaring right there in the compartment. A car alarm or even most home alarm systems operate off of 12V. It wouldn't prevent damage to the RV, but it might prevent them from sticking around to rummage through whatever is in the compartment.


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Grit dog wrote:

But whether they get in or not, at least they'll beat the sht out of your camper trying.


There is some truth here. Our HTT was broken into while in storage. I had only looked the lock, I didn't lock the deadbolt and they easily broke in. I then locked the deadbolt. Before I had a chance to find a new lock for the door, they tried to break in again. Since they could not get in, then ended up breaking the window in the door and then even tore the door just below the window trying to get in.

The deadbolt worked, but as a result of using it, they did a lot more damage trying to get in. Even breaking the window is an easy replacement, but since they tore the metal of the door, we had to replace the entire door. Just out of spite, they also cut the tether that connects the fresh water fill's cap and they cut the coupler lock.

The police thought they were probably just looking for a place to sleep. The first time they broke in, they didn't steal anything or even disturb anything.

Using an extra piece of steel to beef up the lock probably won't help much. If the thieves have a crowbar, all they have to do is bend the door opening out of the way. If it were me, I'd empty the compartment and leave it unlocked.

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Posted: 09/30/19 07:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Maybe a fence charger would be helpful. Place it on the roof out of sight and connect to doors.





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I like that idea. And maybe a few well placed mouse traps.


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midnightsadie wrote:

there is no safe storage any where. if a crook wants in he,ll get in.


You have to be willing to travel. Or to pay for on-site security. The RV may not be an hour away from your house. It might be two hours. But by changing locations, you can definitely increase security. Especially if you are in an area that is high crime. Full of crackheads. That type of thing.

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I like the electric fence, except I would forget it is on.

Again, moving is not an option, since I have a good rate and storage is hard to come by (I am in the LA area) and all storage yards experience this type of thing no matter where. I find it fascinating that there would be a suggestion to move the trailer 2 hours away to avoid this situation. That strikes me as quite unrealistic and I'd be suprised if anyone actually does that?

I plan to harden the storage in some nominal way, because my assessment is that the losers that are stealing are unmotivated (why did they not crowbar their way into the trailer itself this time?) and so they will be easily defeated by even the slightest upgrade in security. It will be they who shrug their shoulders and accept defeat, not me.

PS I will most likely end up keeping my griddle at home from now on, or in my more secure compartment. That is a better plan than driving 2 hours each way just to grab my trailer for a weekend run that itself is 2 hours away.

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The problem is that just beefing the lock does no real good and potentially invites more damage as the crook tries to get through. In order to be effective the beefed up security has to be visible to persuade the perpetrator to move 20 feet over to the next RV. So the L channel won't really deter a thief because they are not aware it is even there. And once the attempt is made the guys sense of pride might take over and he's going to get in.

So think along the lines of maybe changing the existing lock to a barrel lock. It visually shows that attention has been paid to the security.
Barrel lock

Next use a security plate externally under the barrel lock that stretches across the bottom of the door for a few inches. The link below is just to illustrate what I'm referring to. In all actuality you might have to build your own plate.

Security lock guard plate

Then use the internal L channel to beef up the door frame.

The door is still weak, but the appearance is that the door is beefed up and hard to thwart. Hopefully the crook sees the extra security when walking up and decides to just move on to the next RV.


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