Typically, thieves looking to snag anything let alone a trailer, are very lazy.
Whether it is a dump, cargo, utility, atv or any other kind of trailer, you’ll want to protect your investment and ensure you have the best possible protection against thieves.
The very best ways to secure a trailer from theft is to use multiple security systems including: a trailer wheel boot lock, a hitch and coupler lock and locking lug nuts. To go a step further, install GPS tracking.
Peace of mind is priceless when it comes to your major assets. The investment in some preventative tools definitely out-weighs the cost and inconvenience of dealing with a theft!
We will point out that there is no 100% effective anti-theft solution. However, thieves are lazy and the more preventative tools you use will discourage would-be thieves – this will very likely make you less of a target and they will move on.
However, it boils down to return on investment and risk.
Here is a list of our top picks for trailer theft prevention:
Trailer Boot Lock – use a trailer boot lock. These are very similar to those used by law enforcement and render the trailer wheel unable to move, preventing a thief from hooking up to your trailer and driving away.
We carry the Axiom Universal Boot Lock. This unit is easy to install, powder coated to withstand tough weather, covers lug nuts for added protection and safely immobilizes your trailer.
Coupler Lock – For the best security possible, the coupler needs to be welded to the frame. However, some couplers are bolted, and the bolts can be removed easily. At that point, another coupler can be attached and the thief is off with your trailer.
Keep in mind too that securing the chains is very important. Some locks are not capable of securing the chains, and some thieves will simply hook the chains to their vehicle and steal the trailer without even using the coupler.
We have the Fortress Coupler Lock in stock. It is the toughest coupler lock available, made from the highest corrosion resistant material and fits virtually every coupler style. The Fortress Coupler Lock makes it nearly impossible for a thief to hook up your trailer to their vehicle.
Trailer Hitch Guard – A hitch guard is meant to protect the ball hitch.A good ball hitch lock will prevent anyone from being able to easily attach your trailer to the hitch on their vehicle.
Hitch Receiver Lock – by using a receiver lock, you can easily add an extra layer of security to your trailer.
These receiver locks are usually inexpensive and serve to prevent anyone from removing the hitch ball mount.
Locking Lug Nuts – can offer another layer of protection to your wheels. They are not completely impossible to remove, but they will definitely slow down any thief.
Theft is not just about the trailer. A thief may decide that if they cannot steal the trailer, that the wheels would make a good score. So having locking lug nuts installed is essential to prevent your wheels from being a target. Important note: keep your key handy in case of a flat tire! It may be useful to have a spare key in an alternate location also.
- Lock your trailer up to a secure, solid, stationary object. A simple heavy-duty padlock and chains may be all that is necessary to cause a thief to pass on by. Use a high-quality chain and run it through the wheels and the axle. As a second layer of security, you can have another set of chains running through the wheels and through a stationary object like a tree or a fence post.
- A GPS tracker is ultimately the best in theft prevention. A really good GPS will help you pinpoint your trailer’s location in the event that it is stolen.
- If at all possible, do not leave your trailer out in the open. Ensure that you have a well lit, safe and out of sight location to store your trailer.
- A good idea is to back your trailer against a wall or behind your vehicle to make it extra inconvenient for opportunistic thieves.
- If it’s feasible, removing a wheel or two from your trailer will also make it super inconvenient for a thief to make off with it.
- Ensure you have clear and easily identifiable markings on your trailer and gear. Take photos (of all angles) and keep them in a safe place in case they are needed for a police statement. Ensure you take at least one photo of the title and serial number.
- If you won’t be using your trailer for a while, you may also want to consider removing the plates. This alone could attract the attention of police if someone is driving around with your trailer.