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Locking cable or chains?

Discussion in 'Stolen Equipment' started by LawnMowerMan2003, Jun 28, 2014.

  1. Deererunner

    Deererunner LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 319

    Check out master locks for trucks, they have a security solutions for pick up beds.
     
  2. Pierre2013

    Pierre2013 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,056

    What man can make, man can break.

    Your best bet would be to use TWO of whatever you decide to use with two independent locking mechanisms. Therefore, it will take thieves twice as long to steal and they might give up after finding out that defeating one protection wasn't enough.

    The best protection is layered levels of protection. Putting all your eggs in one basket isn't good enough.
     
  3. LawnMowerMan2003

    LawnMowerMan2003 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 768

    I thought about using 2 cables for the reason mentioned above. Because I am a little paranoid. Lol
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  4. Pierre2013

    Pierre2013 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,056

    It has nothing to do with paranoia.

    Two independent systems of protection is twice as efficient as a single system of protection.

    The goal of any security system is to delay thieves. Absolutely NO system is 100% efficient at preventing theft. The idea is to make it as difficult, as unpleasant and as time-consuming as possible.

    What you do is put the odds in your favor.

    Ideally, using two different systems of protection would be superior to using the same one twice. And keep in mind that your protection is only as good as the weakest link in your setup.
     
  5. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,308



    I simply use locking racks when out in route mowing and have never had an issue. Now for the house :laugh: I have a sophisticated layer of protection. It may not be fool proof, but it's dummy proof.

    On the garage door (inside kitchen garage door) I have two double sided key dead-bolts. You have to have a key for both dead-bolts to open the door from either side. One lock at the upper area one in the lower area. The garage door? I don't trust locking garage doors. I simply installed to slide locks that slide from the inside, the only way that garage door is coming open is if it's unlocked from the inside or ran through with a car. Security cameras with wireless phone access watch over my drive-way and back gate along with driveway sensors that beep if someone walks into the drive-way. On top of all this, my truck and trailer get backed up all the way to the garage door within inches of the garage door so the mowers won't fit out of there without stealing the truck. Wives car gets parked in front of mine backed up. So to get in the garage, you have to go past the sensors, past the cameras, (steal) or move the car, then (steal) or move the truck and trailer. Then you have to defeat the garage door bolted from the inside. After it's all said and done you have to get past the German Shepards that await and are not friendly of strangers coming in momma and daddy's home. :laugh:
     
  6. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,308

    If your still set on cable and chains in the truck, look into something like a Grade 80 square link chain. I've seen square link chains that are thick enough small bolt cutters aren't going to cut through them and big bolt cutters won't fit through the links. They have some tough chains out there, while they might not be thieve proof, if it slows them down and prevents a grab and go, chances are you'll be okay. All thieves have wireless grinders now days. Tie some rope in crazy knot's. Thieves carry angle grinders, but their usually not prepared with a knife I would say. ;
     
  7. chefcam864

    chefcam864 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 194

    I use Trinity Iron locking trimmer racks, and a Greentouch Xtreme blower rack. They're both fairly secure, and offer me quick access to my equipment. You could buy them both for a bit less than the cost of a commercial trimmer. I used to cable everything to the trailer, but that got to be inconvenient.
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    I didn't read to where you said you didn't have a trailer. Sorry for the useless post. I should've read to the bottom. However , Greentouch does offer an adapter to mount the blower rack to your pickup.
     
  8. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
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    My trimmer racks are mounted on my truck. I started out with a cable, but as you mentioned it was so much more of an inconvenience. I can pop a lock, let the clasp fall, and grab my trimmer much faster then I could put the tail-gate down, deal with a cable all the time, and so forth. Not to mention, I feel much more organized.

    Now that I got a bigger trailer I'm about to put racks on the trailer. I also like the Trinity Iron racks. They seem WELL built, not to mention their built here in Texas. :laugh: My question for you is what is that black piece at the bottom of your trimmer racks? Did you put an extension and weld something? I thought they bolted all the way down directly to the rail of the trailer or the bottom of the trailer depending on which you got? I think I'm going to go with the 52" EXD, it's only $4.00 more and bolts down to the bed of the trailer and also to the rail and mid-ways so I feel it will be more "secure."
     
  9. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,087

    If a grinder can cut through metal, do you think it really won't slice a rope?

    Lol
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  10. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,063

    2 are more effective, I agree...when denied, they damage your gear out of spite. I just don't want anyone walking away easily with my stuff.
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