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Old 01-20-2020, 03:04 AM
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Protect everything in your cargo racks from theft

I found something really neat online (I have no commercial interest in this product, but it saved my "ahem"). A company, Boegger Industrial Limited makes the Anti-theft Backpack Protector, a high tensile strength braided stainless steel anti-theft net that doesn't rust, is really hard to cut, can't be hacksawed, locks and can contain anything that you have in a cargo rack.

It comes in various sizes to fit almost types of backpacks, bags, soft-sided wheeled luggage and duffel bags, etc. Ours is 2ft x 4ft x 6ft. We put our Sea Eagle 16' inflatable fishing boat, boat seats, Honda 5hp outboard and Mann-Kota trolling motor in it on our roof cargo rack to keep them safe from theft when we leave the Jeep. We can leave it anywhere with peace of mind. Very hard to defeat. Our insurance likes it too.

It has a flexible structure and its smooth surface make it soft to touch without hurting your hands or your equipment and it's light in weight but very high in strength and load capacity. Rolled up, ours is only 16in x 5in x 5 in.
We are also going to buy a small one for our medical kit as well.

Maybe this will help some of you who also have stuff worth robbing in the cargo rack and have to leave it unattended at trail heads or when returning to civilization.

Their URL is: https://www.cable-mesh.com/cablemesh...protector.html.

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Pair of bolt cutters would take care of that
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Pair of bolt cutters would take care of that
Not as easy as you might guess. You can get it in various braid thicknesses and different steels. We tried getting it off the car with all kinds of attacks and there is little doubt that it can't be done without looking exactly like you are steeling it and having to work at it. Ours is 1/8in braid. We thread 1/4 inch stainless steel wire rope around the roof rack edge, through the bag weave and over and around through rack frame. Maybe you view is true if at a desolate trail head, but at boat ramps, parking lots and trailer parks, I doubt if we will be disappointed. We have had stuff taken before this in minutes. So far so good.
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A chain is only as strong as its weakest link ie a vault door in a 2x6 wall with screwed on metal siding is only as secure as the siding

How many screws or bolts to remove the rack with the net

And for what it is worth stainless does rust but is rust resistant compared to regular steel
Try leaving your stainless pistol out in elements and you will see what happens

Typically stainless hardware is softer then other bolts so typical stainless is very cut-able with harbor freight quality bolt cutters


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A chain is only as strong as its weakest link ie a vault door in a 2x6 wall with screwed on metal siding is only as secure as the siding

How many screws or bolts to remove the rack with the net

And for what it is worth stainless does rust but is rust resistant compared to regular steel
Try leaving your stainless pistol out in elements and you will see what happens

Typically stainless hardware is softer then other bolts so typical stainless is very cut-able with harbor freight quality bolt cutters


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I think that, maybe, there is a disconnect in thinking here. I absolutely agree, after a huge amount of my lifetime being devoted to security, that a determined and equipped attack will always succeed given enough time. By similar argument, no amount of home security or weaponization will stop a determined and equipped attack upon your home, for example. So what is the point to even trying to protect stuff, for example putting it inside the Jeep when Jeeps are the simplest dismantle targets of all time.

The point is that most thieves are opportunists, seek uncomplicated targets that they can strike and leave quickly. Every second you slow them down equals a huge deterrent. If you can add a minute or two, you may well eliminate 90% of the threat... Since the average roof rack has simple cargo straps that can be defeated by the simplest of hidden tools - the very sharp knife or EMS scissors - the average theft that we have seen among our trail types occurs within a minute to three.

Since stopping opportunistic threats eliminates about 90% of all threats, its is very worthwhile for the limited effort required. Now I completely agree that the knobs and bolts on the rack have to be replaced with the type used in public lavatories. Having blue water ocean sailed all my life, I am well aware of stainless "rust". One of the strengths these guys offer is a choice of alloys and they have some that won't "rust" appreciably in its use lifetime.

For $300 dollars of protection covering $5,000 of gear, that can now be insured because it is carried in a protective system. It is well worth it for those of us who are not going to post a 24 hour armed guard. BTW, my SIG P226 sits by my pillow... and we use a motion sensor on the Jeep
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Hey if it makes you sleep better at night that's all that matters
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Hey if it makes you sleep better at night that's all that matters
ROFL... Not really a sleep issue... We have had medical equipment, oxygen concentrators, and camping stuff, worth thousands stolen in minutes from our cars and trucks over the last few years. Insurance refuses to pay if there you don't have an anti-theft device. Thule car rack boxes cost two to three times more, have a limited carry volume and shape and really do allow simple attacks to succeed.

I posted this for those it might help. Sleep is another matter... lol

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