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How to Secure a Rental Truck Door?

February 9th, 2007 at 11:18 am

Does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to secure the back door of a rental truck? Is there some sort of portable alarm we could buy that would go off if someone tried to open it?

I'm concerned that someone may break in to our truck while it is parked in a hotel parking lot, and I'd feel much better if we had an alarm. Of course we'll have a standard lock, but I know that those can be cut.

I was going to look in to this a bit later (we aren't leaving until end of Sept), but after seeing Jeffrey's post about a $15 rebate from Paypal on purchases over $30, I'm thinking I may go ahead and buy something now.

Thanks very much for any help!

4 Responses to “How to Secure a Rental Truck Door?”

  1. debtfreeme Says:

    One thing you can try: a baby monitor. If you can back up the truck close enough and plug the cord portion of the baby monitor into the plug in your room the walkie talkie piece could be placed in the back of your truck and you would hear in your room if anyone broke in. good luck!

  2. threebeansalad Says:

    I don't have any advice, but worst case scenario-- you can make sure whatever hotel you stay at has a security cam on the parking lot.

  3. fairy74 Says:

    I would also suggest parking at a hotel where you can watch the vehicle from your room...

  4. baselle Says:

    When we moved around, we did the lo-tech, cheap solution. We packed the valuables deeply in the truck (small ones in a suitcase that we took in the room), then parked so that the lock on the back of the truck was very close to a wall or barbed wire or my hotel room door (always like the ground floor) ... something so that stealing was unappealing and tactically very difficult. If you have to move a couch to get into anything, you've got to set up a ramp. And its very hard to set up a ramp with a 1-2 ft clearance. Works especially nicely if you park right in front of your hotel room. Big Grin

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