Great science fiction but doesn't solve any problems that actually exist in real life.
There is a common pattern to trailer thefts.
- The trailer is parked in a commercial/industrial area, or an extremely rural area, where people are not present at night.
- The theft is planned in advance and is not a crime of opportunity.
- Thefts take place late at night/early in the morning on weekdays when police presence and traffic are minimal.
- Thieves come equipped with jacks, heavy cutting tools, and towing equipment.
- The trailer is jacked and secured to the tow vehicle with chains, or a tow truck with a hoist is used to move it.
- The trailer is moved to a nearby indoor location (within several miles). Car wash, body shop, etc
- At this location the perpetrators can remove any locking devices and "anonymize" the trailer (remove or cover decals, change identification numbers, etc) at their leisure.
- In the next few hours the trailer is usually taken over the border or moved to a permanent parking site (someone's lake place or hunting lodge, e.g.). In either case registration is a non-issue and the chances of anyone identifying the trailer as stolen are basically zero.
By the time your phone beeps and you wake up, realize what's going on, and call the cops, the perps already have it inside somewhere. Even if you know the location, the cops won't (can't) go in without a warrant. By the time they get one, the trailer is gone. Police interest in recovering stolen property is basically zero and they're not going to follow up unless there has been a pattern of similar thefts over time.
I use a security chain and heavy padlock between the wheels. Cutting that or changing out the tires or putting that side on a dolly will add several minutes and a bunch of noise and activity. It may help if there are people around to see. It improves my chances but it isn't going to "prevent."
I store my trailer in a shed back behind a house where a retired ex-army guy lives. He likes dogs and guns. I figure the chances of anyone stealing my trailer from storage are basically zero.
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