Security of roof rack items.

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 11:23
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I was wondering if people have had trouble with items being pinched off roof racks such as spare wheels, jerrycans, shovels etc.
I was thinking of using some cable to tie it all up with a padlock. What do others do?

Thanks in advance for suggestions.
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Reply By: Alan S (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 11:49

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 11:49
My theory is if they want it they will take it, so i will make it as hard as possible to hopefuly deter theft.

When i put the spare up there it is bolted on, so two spanners are required to get it off.
For other items i have some lockable bike locks from bunnings that i thread through the items iif necessary.

Alan
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Follow Up By: Top End Az - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 11:57

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 11:57
Thanks Alan
Yes I agree. If they really want it they'll take it.
Thanks for the suggestions.
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Reply By: Krooznalong - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 13:08

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 13:08
Under some form of cover so they can't see what's available to pinch.
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 17:01

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 17:01
Since the advent of battery-operated angle grinders, almost nothing is safe from the light-fingered brigade. However a reasonable security restraint will at least eliminate the unprepared thief. Apart from the financial cost it is also the loss of some important thing such as a spare wheel or recovery item.

I have both my spare wheels locked as well as the MaxTrax and the box containing spares & recovery gear. The loss of other stuff such as LPG bottles, tarps etc would not be quite so inconvenient. From there I just cross my fingers.
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Reply By: Kris and Kev - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 17:11

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 17:11
The majority of low life criminals are lazy and opportunist, so any deterrent will help. I have a cable that I thread through our Maxtrax and roof ladder secured with a lock and a lock on our roof rack tool box. We have been on places where people have lost property off their roof racks and all had no security fitted and the low life/s were able to make very little noise. Kevin
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Reply By: Hoyks - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 18:27

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 18:27
We uses Master Lock cable locks at work to stop people messing with stuff they shouldn't.

They work well and won't scratch up the paint like a chain will. Again, they will stop the opportunist, if they really want it at least they will make a racket getting it.

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Follow Up By: Hoyks - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 18:28

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 18:28
I'll try again:

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Follow Up By: Top End Az - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 18:57

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 18:57
Hi Hoyks
Yes I'm looking now at something like this. The plastic coating is a good idea.
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Follow Up By: PeteS - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 19:01

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 19:01
Also these.
Cable Lock Alarm

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PeteS
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 21:55

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 21:55
To me thieves have a couple of common traits. Apart from being low life dirt bags.
They are lazy and opportunistic. Usually the average thief will target anything that is easy to take and sell. Anything unsecured is easy meat. Usually a simple cable lock or similar is enough to deter them and send them off looking elsewhere. Sure there are battery powered angle grinders but they will generate a fair bit of noise and most thieves like to keep their illegal activities as quiet and inconspicuous as possible. Another reason they mostly like to operate at night.
The professional thief is a quite different animal. They mostly steal to order in that their market is already established. Usually the target is much more expensive items. Even complete caravans, cars, boats and such. If the reward is great enough the lengths they will go to are also much greater and as has already been pointed out, if they want it bad enough, they will usually get it.

Cheers
Pop
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Follow Up By: AlanTH - Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 at 09:26

Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 at 09:26
This isn't much help if you're in the bush or caravan park but I've changed the globes in our security lights at the front of our house from white to red.
We've watched the reaction of several would be thieves when they come on, on our security system the next day. They have all very quickly departed.
Amazing how many yobs there are walking about at night trying car doors or checking out what's up top.
AlanH.
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Reply By: Top End Az - Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 at 22:25

Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 at 22:25
Thanks to all. I have purchased a 5 m long plastic coated cable with padlock from Home timber and Hardware. Good thickness and the plastic coating should help with protecting surfaces of the items they are securing. Thanks for all suggestions
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