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Old 07-09-2018, 06:09 PM   #1
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Question Portable Generator theft prevention

Iam going to camp on a lakeside where known theft of generators is common. My friend had his chained up sitting away from his trailer and got it stolen, apparently by cutting a link, while he was out fishing in his boat.



Wondering what others have done to discourage this type of theft when camping. Would consider doing a truck bed securing system if necessary.



I generally use plastic coated steel cables and locks, but don't think that will cut it at this camp spot.


Any and all experiences and advice welcome.


Will be using a Honda 2K and a Honda 3K, both portable. Just need to keep the AC running during the day, at 99F outside.
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After painting my red Honda 2000 Black, I used an engraver to put my name in big letters on mine. Which makes it easy to spot in an flee market cause most are red. Also makes it harder to see at night, and I still lock it up with a log chain. Thieves don't like to work very hard.
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Put a fake contractor generator cage around it ;-)
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Old 07-09-2018, 06:48 PM   #4
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I've heard thieves just cut the handle on the Honda 2000i units to get around the chain method of security (my security method).

I've seen these "security handles" but don't own one.

https://www.amazon.com/Honda-63230-Z...ecurity+handle
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Disguise it as a dump tote.
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Or disguise it as beehive;-)
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Chain it down in the pickup truck bed, and park where everyone can see if someone is trying to steal it.
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I use thick bicycle cable lock. Chain is easy to cut, cable on the other hand is difficult. Lock it using 2-3 different methods. It doesn’t need to be impossible to steal, just a bit harder than your neighbors.
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I've heard thieves just cut the handle on the Honda 2000i units to get around the chain method of security (my security method).

I've seen these "security handles" but don't own one.

https://www.amazon.com/Honda-63230-Z...ecurity+handle

The chain goes tightly around the body, not the handle. And is kept tight with a pad lock.
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I lock mine in the bed of the truck with a heavy cable and heavy padlock. If someone wants it they're going to have to earn it. Not impossible to steal, but not easy either.
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Bolt it to the bed of your truck. Likely they won't have wrenches, just bolt cutters. Hard to get at bolts and nuts if it takes 2 people to install it.
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While in use and we are AT the site I don't do anything but keep an eye on it, but when I am done it immediately gets put back in the Trailblazer. It is never left unattended.
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While in use and we are AT the site I don't do anything but keep an eye on it, but when I am done it immediately gets put back in the Trailblazer. It is never left unattended.
That's what I do as well. I don't leave it unattended. When its not being used it goes back into the truck.
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I don't camp where it's sketchy if that matters. If I use our gen then it's just sitting where I put it unchained. When done it's left next to the rear steps chained up if we take off for a few hours. At night I put it back in the front cargo hold of the 5th wheel and chain it to one of the front landing gear posts.
A thief could easily get a common 751 key and open my front cargo hold, but then they'd have to have bolt cutters as well. In a popular CG that would look rather suspicious IMO.
I'm banking on the outta sight outta mind theory.
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