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Unread 07-17-2012, 04:09 PM   #1
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We're moving in a few weeks and have a uhaul trailer reserved. It is covered and we are getting it a few days before we move. We'd like to be sure it doesn't get stolen if we load items and have to leave it over night. Is there a good way to secure a trailer like this? We were thinking of ordering one of these:
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That's fine in a pinch, but if you really value your trailer you will get a length of grade 70 transport chain and use a solid object like a lamp pole to secure it using a high security padlock.

If a thief wants it bad enough they will get it. They can torch or grind any chain or lock, or they will just break into the trailer.

That wheel lock can be broken off with a long bar, or the wheel can be removed/replaced to move the trailer.
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That's fine in a pinch, but if you really value your trailer you will get a length of grade 70 transport chain and use a solid object like a lamp pole to secure it using a high security padlock.

If a thief wants it bad enough they will get it. They can torch or grind any chain or lock, or they will just break into the trailer.

That wheel lock can be broken off with a long bar, or the wheel can be removed/replaced to move the trailer.
Gotcha. I know that if people really want to get in/steal the trailer then they will. We have the insurance on the trailer from uhaul and won't leave any valuables in there overnight either. We also don't want to spend too much as this will be for a total of 3-4 days. I was also considering putting our security camera aiming towards it in the parking lot (we're on the 3rd floor).

What makes a padlock 'high security'?

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Well it is subjective, most lock companies will "say" high security because it sounds good.

The lock should be stout, not having a long shackle. A long and open shackle allows a pry bar to break it. The shackle should be at least 3/8" and made of case hardened steel.

These are examples of good padlocks

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