Stop theft using this!

Discussion in 'Stolen Equipment' started by Chilehead, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
    Messages: 1,968

    Reading through the Stolen Equipment forum this morning whilst drinking my coffee, I had an idea that could prevent equipment theft. It appears that most theft incidents occur when a padlock and/or hasp get cut with bolt cutters/power tools and a once secured ramp gate is breached.
    Consider the following: the locking security on any trailer/truck can only be compromised because it is accessible to the tools required to compromise them. What if the locking security was not accessible to these tools? This would definitely change the game. I propose the idea of doing away with the padlock/hasp system and installing a deadbolt mechanism akin to those on entry doors to a structure. Imagine that you are facing the rear of your trailer/truck with the ramp closed. Along either side of the ramp (about 2" from the sidewall) you would have several deadbolts recessed/mounted into the ramp, with the locking bolt secured into the sidewall. Only the keyhole would be accessible. This could only be compromised by drilling out the lock. Solution? There isn't one indefinitely, but another layer of prevention could be added: Mount a hardened steel plate over the recessed deadbolts. This would serve as a "security hasp" for the keyholes. One would mount it with a hardened steel hinge at the top, and an eyelet at the bottom. Secure the plate with a puck-style lock in the eyelet.
    This is not a fool-proof plan, but one where a thief would need multiple tools including a noisy drill, and extra time to pull off a score. You may even want to install one of those battery-operated door alarms on your gate. When closed, two magnets are close to each other. If opened, the broken magnetic field triggers the alarm. Some models come with a "hush button" controller for your keychain. :drinkup:
  2. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,646

    There are ways to make things very difficult to break into and steal. you mentioned the puck locks. those are around 40 bucks at Lowes that come with very heavy weldable plates for trailers or carriage bolts to through bolt boxvans or enclosed trailer doors. to keep folks from stealing your car or truck, for around 200 bucks one could buy "boots" that police and universities use for vehicles that do not pay their parking tickets. the "fuggetaboutit" bike lock from kryponite cannot be cut even with 48" bolt cutters. you could secure small equipment in open trailers with these if folks wanted to jump the sides and grab and go.

    on our front gate to our shop we use a kryponite lock with 3/4" ship anchor chain I got on ebay. sure, it could be cut by someone with an angle grinder or acetylene torch. but those make sparks and take time.

    The problem is employees. They know when you are gone, they know where the keys are and can make copies easily. The only thing that saves you there is cameras and offsite video feed. but they usually know where the cameras are.
  3. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,944

    Sounds like a good idea, make it harder for them; down here though, they'll just cut a hole in the trailer.. yep you heard it right, and not just at night in the yard, in the day too when the crews are scattered across a property.

    A buddy of mine just had his trailer broken into out in broad daylight. the community security camara showed the men driving up (wearing hoodies... imagine that) put a battery powered saw around the side door and cut the whole thing out. They stole all his reserve handhelds, blowers, chainsaws and hedge trimmers in less than 5 minutes.

    We put some screaming sensor alarms in the trailers and mounted faux internet camaras. But if they are motivated, it doesn't matter.

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