Following a recent break-in nearby I decided to add some security features to the boat and trailer I use for fishing at Round Valley. It stinks that we even have to think about this sort of thing, but it seems that no matter where you are or where you live, there are people among us with low morals.
Boat Trailer security I’ve been doing:
- I park the boat in my driveway (no room in the garage).
- Bring all fishing gear and electronics inside.
- Lock the trailer tongue and turned the trailer away from the road.
Boat Trailer Security Devices that I looked into:
- Chip and Trace – hide a 10mm RFID chip anywhere on your boat or trailer.
- Pros: costs only ~$14
- Cons: does United States Law enforcement use their tracking device?
- Wheel Chock Lock – clamps through your wheels to prevent the trailer wheels from turning.
- Pros: costs ~$50 on amazon.com
- Cons: it doesn’t cover the lug nuts so if a thief really wanted to, they’d just remove your wheel and put on another.
- Wheel Lock Boot Clamp – Same as above except with a disc that covers you lug nuts.
- Pros: wheels can’t turn or be removed.
- Cons:~$260 to $160 depending on where you find it on the internet.
- Locking Trailer Wheel Lug Nuts – prevents thieves from removing your trailer wheels using ordinary tools.
- Pros: costs ~$18
- Cons: doesn’t prevent anything by itself.
Thing I’m now doing:
- I’m cheap so I bought the Wheel Chock Lock and a set of locking lug nuts from McGuard.
- I replaced the hardware holding the trailer license plate with wing-nuts so I can easily take the plate off when the trailer is parked. If I use my boat more often, this would probably be a pain to keep doing.
Is it enough to deter criminals? Who knows, but I feel a little better about leaving my boat out. What do you use for boat trailer security?