Securing roof rack gear

Submitted: Monday, May 16, 2016 at 09:54
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I have a number of cargo boxes and some chairs I store on our roof rack and was wondering how people make them secure from theft. We have never had gear stolen in years of travel but have heard of some horror stories especially in caravan parks. Does anyone use locks or have other ideas? Thanks johno
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Reply By: Malcom M - Monday, May 16, 2016 at 10:24

Monday, May 16, 2016 at 10:24
Not a whole lot you can do but we use coil type bicycle locks. No idea if this put anyone off but haven't lost anything so far.

Stuffing everything in a Rack Sack also helps a bit as thieves cannot see the contents for an opportunistic 'grab & run'
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Reply By: LAZYLUX16 - Monday, May 16, 2016 at 10:26

Monday, May 16, 2016 at 10:26
Wow bad luck...I secured my spare wheel with bike cable and padlock.I know if people desperate they could cut cable if have cutters ..
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Reply By: Hoyks - Monday, May 16, 2016 at 11:36

Monday, May 16, 2016 at 11:36
I just have crappy gear that no one would want.
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Reply By: TomH - Monday, May 16, 2016 at 19:58

Monday, May 16, 2016 at 19:58
I didnt have a roof rack due to being overweight. Tinted all the windows so prying eyes couldnt see what was worth pinching. Worked for me.
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Reply By: gbc - Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 07:47

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 07:47
I got a dozen bike combination locks from the dollar shop. If any thief looks closely enough they'll see the combination tags still on them - but I don't rate most of them as that intelligent and I haven't been proven wrong yet.
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Reply By: Member - Peter H1 (NSW) - Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 16:19

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 16:19
I have a "Lock Alarm" cost $48.30 from [I cannot remember].
Look up www.lockalarm.com it is a 15' [4.6m] ultra hard steel cable [plastic coated] you wind it around and through whatever and key locks on, 9v battery required.
If tampered with or tried to be cut it screams [120 decibel siren] that can be heard from a long distance away.

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Follow Up By: Member - brucek - Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 23:30

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 23:30
Peter, an extra strategy might be that when you go to a place you "accidentally" set off the alarm, thus giving the message to all those nearby that they shouldn't try any tampering.
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