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Old 05-08-2015, 08:48 AM   #1
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Generator SECURITY!

Anyone have any recommendations for how to keep a generator that is stored in the back of a truck secure? I have a lockable tonneau cover. for when it is not in use. I am more concerned about when the truck bed is down and the generator is in use. Is a simple chain adequate? How thick should it be to avoid theft?
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Old 05-08-2015, 09:08 AM   #2
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Anyone have any recommendations for how to keep a generator that is stored in the back of a truck secure? I have a lockable tonneau cover. for when it is not in use. I am more concerned about when the truck bed is down and the generator is in use. Is a simple chain adequate? How thick should it be to avoid theft?
I have a heavy cable bike lock for this purpose. If they want it badly enough, they'll get it one way or another, all I can do is slow them down enough to want to look for an easier target.
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Old 05-08-2015, 09:20 AM   #3
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As said, if they want it bad enough...and they have enough time...they will get your genset, especially with a chain/lock setup. There is a company that I have read about here on the Forum that builds a lockable hardened steel security framework that can be bolted onto some Airstream tongues behind the propane tanks (and probably into the bed of your TV too). A good theft insurance policy is probably your best solution. Generator thieves are a crafty bunch of buggers.
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Old 05-08-2015, 09:23 AM   #4
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Depending on the generator you have there are many options already available. Security handle, weather proof security box, etc.

Just serach google, for example, "Honda generator security", gives me EBAY:
HONDA EU 2000i 1000i GENERATOR SECURITY LOCKABLE CAGE BOX | eBay

I have 2-Honda EU2000I gens. I used the steal security handles and a braided cable and master lock.

As stated. If they want it, they will get it. I just want mine to be more difficult to get. Maybe they will look for an easier target.

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Old 05-08-2015, 09:34 AM   #5
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I have a heavy cable bike lock for this purpose. If they want it badly enough, they'll get it one way or another, all I can do is slow them down enough to want to look for an easier target.
So true!

Check out the Kryptonite Lock website. They make all kinds of locks for motorcycles, ATV, Bikes etc. and test them and rate them for anti-theft protection. A a hardened steel shackle would probably be your best bet, but you need something very close to the generator to lock it to.

http://www.kryptonitelock.com/en/home.html


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We have a EU2000i and use a LowPro LockDown, they are available for other gen sets.

Nothing will stop determined thieves but I like the convenience of rapid removal for using off the MH, refilling etc.
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In addition to chaining/locking it, mark it boldly with "Marked for identification by POLICE" and engrave some sort of meaningful information in an obvious area. That's a strong deterrent as pawn shops typically don't want marked goods.

I'm always hesitant to put my name and address on it as it makes it obvious we are not home if someone is reading the info in a campground...
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So true!

Check out the Kryptonite Lock website. They make all kinds of locks for motorcycles, ATV, Bikes etc. and test them and rate them for anti-theft protection. A a hardened steel shackle would probably be your best bet, but you need something very close to the generator to lock it to.

http://www.kryptonitelock.com/en/home.html


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I got a cable long enough that I should be able to lock it to the A frame of the camper. I probably should test that hypothesis sometime.

What someone should do is make a black cover for the popular generators that can be used while in operation so they don't draw as much attention. The Hondas and Yamahas are so quiet that you'd never notice them from any distance if they weren't bright colors (especially the Hondas).
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What someone should do is make a black cover for the popular generators that can be used while in operation so they don't draw as much attention. The Hondas and Yamahas are so quiet that you'd never notice them from any distance if they weren't bright colors (especially the Hondas).
The red generator is a target for thieves. Generator theft (among other items) has been happening a lot at the State Parks all around Coastal California where I live, so much so they give you a written warning about it when you check in. These thefts have been ones that were secured by chains and cable locks. I use a 3/4" braided Kryptonite cable with a barrel lock now, which basically has to be cut with a saw, but thinking of some other solutions too.

It used to be I could go camping and leave my stuff out for weeks and nobody would bother it. Now I have to lock up everything. Times have sure changed...sad.
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I have a lockable tonneau lid, a Honda eu2000i, a steel handle, and a locking cable. I've also worked on construction sites. As previous posters said, if you leave it alone long enough and the thief really wants it, it doesn't matter how thick your locking device is... unless there's another red gennie nearby that's easier to steal. The simple rule is DON'T leave it outside if you're leaving your site, even for just a few minutes. This is why I bought the red suitcase and a tonneau - it's light enough to put away each time I'm done with it and the lid is easy enough to open and shut. I keep my laptop and gennie with me wherever I go and out of sight.

Of course it helps if you have the campground all to yourselves.
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We use a good bicycle lock cable and usually keep the generator in the back of our truck, which has a locked cap (canopy, topper) on the back. We lock it to the AS at our campsite, then either put it back in the truck, or else make sure it's covered with lawn chairs, &c. when we're away from the site.
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They can start gen. plug in then with angle grinder can cut almost every thing, then bye bye gen. As other posts if they want it badly enough it's gone. I use mine at nascar races and place I stay at some go to party not see races, there very honest watch for thefts. Only boon dock on farm and timber that belongs to me. I can dry camp not dependent on electric. I use braided cable krypton lock run cable thru stabilizer jack web. Also if don't need ac or heavy elect. have 800 watt from harbor frt. will run small micro. toaster etc. put in cross bed tool box lock lid.
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I engrave "Stolen from Terry if found call 444-222-3333" on anything like that. Obviously with my full name and real phone number.
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A lock and cable is a deterrent...thieves can saw trough the plastic handle and slip off the cable. Placing a plastic garbage bag over it when not in use makes it look like garbage from a distance.
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