There have been a large number of trailer thefts in the Low Country lately. Here are several common risk factors and prevention measures for owners to consider.
Often the thieves are simply stealing them and selling them to pawnshops. Some are sold unwittingly to law-abiding citizens; others are sold directly to unscrupulous lawn/construction businesses, often with tolls still on them. There are many more avenues including using them for mobile meth-labs and use by terrorists, but most are simpler crimes.
The most common risk factor is that these trailers are almost always plain white or black, usually completely unmarked. Most commonly taken are the small enclosed utility trailers, sometimes flat bed or open car trailers, less often full size enclosed car trailers, possibly due to the registration/tag requirements.
The stolen trailers are usually unattended at a jobsite or on business premises after hours.
There are several theft prevention measures available from tongue locks to chaining wheels, even a wheel lock available from makers of The CLUB (~$42), but a major deterrent would be marking the trailer in an obvious manner.
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