Police: Unsecured trailers are an easy target for thieves

Burns Smith who owns Custom Trucks recommends security devices for your trailer.

Posted: Nov 15, 2017 7:27 PM
Updated: Nov 15, 2017 8:25 PM

It doesn't take a thief long to steal a trailer, especially if it isn't secured. According to police, many of them are never recovered.

"They are popular to buy and sell in a hurry. I think people can steal and sell them pretty quickly without a high chance of being caught and tracking it back," said Burns Smith who owns Custom Trucks in Huntsville.

Protecting your trailer could save you money in the long run.

"Trailers have gone up recently. [The price of] steel has gone up. The insurance to cover these things aren't cheap," Smith said.

"The least expensive are going to coupler locks that keeps people from attaching the trailer to the truck if they take it," Smith said.

Huntsville police say trailers are an easy target if a thief sees it in your driveway unsecured.

Some of them don't have to be registered with state authorities.

"But you do have to have a tag. For utility trailers, I believe over 12 feet, you have to have them registered. There's a tag required. They can be traced through a tag," Smith said.

Many stolen trailers have a VIN, but most owners don't keep record of it.

Smith also suggests you get a GPS tracker your trailer, but it can be very expensive.

"It's just buying a used car at a finance lot. They put GPS trackers on those cars," Smith said.

Huntsville police are working to get WAAY 31 the numbers just trailers have been stolen in the area.

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