May 28th 2020
Real Trailer Security Is More Than A Good Lock—Tips From Lyle Clark, Founder Of Trailer Alarms
Lyle Clark had a friend whose trailer was broken into twice. Clark began looking for a way he could help prevent these kinds of occurrences, and the result is his company, Trailer Alarms (Trailer-Alarms.com), which offers superior security to customers who want the most theft prevention possible for their trailer.
Supplying state-of-the-art security for everything from race team trailers to video production trailers, Clark offers cutting-edge solutions in design, products, and support to facilitate top notch theft prevention.
Supporting the racing industry is of particular importance to Clark. He had a childhood passion for racing, which led to his racing days in almost every class of kart, in which he won championships. When he stopped racing, he opened his own computer company, and used its success to transition to creating security systems, because he simply doesn’t like thieves. At all.
Today, he creates custom security packages for his clients, as well as reaching out to educate others about the importance of trailer security.
Clark describes the level of crimes being committed on race car trailers as extremely common. The lure of the trailer itself can be just as strong as the vehicles inside it. “The thief is not totally always after the contents of the trailer. He may be after the trailer itself. Some places don’t even require licensing of a trailer, so it’s all too easy to steal one and then not be able to track it,” he relates. “Going across state lines or even within a state, if there are no licenses on it, that means it is very easy to take.”
Clark has written several different articles to help people bring their attention to a trailer if it is stolen, and recommends ways to go about tracking a trailer if necessary. “For example, you should put your information on the roof of your trailer, so you can rent an airplane and go look for it. From street level, they all look the same, but not if you paint the roof,” he suggests.
“Thieves use them for everything from portable meth labs to burying them underground to turn them into bunkers. They use them for all kinds of different things, things that are outside of the value of the automotive units inside.”
He explains that thieves will spend time changing the appearance of a trailer, but usually don’t think to alter the roof, which is more difficult. “They’ll spend thirty minutes to paint your plain white trailer red, for example, so the description that you give to the police is wrong. The stolen vehicle is now red, and the police are looking for your white trailer.”
He passionately believes that the best way to stop thieves in their tracks is to provide insurmountable security that they simply cannot overcome. And that means a lot more than just having a good solid lock on the back door of the trailer. Security needs to be upgraded much more highly than that, according to Clark.
“Thieves can either cut the hasp that secures a lock, and bypass the lock altogether, or they will just leave it there, and drag your trailer down the road by the safety chains; and not mess with the lock at all until they get into what they feel is a secure environment for them.”
The kind of security system Clark provides eliminates that possibility. “Once its activated, we’ve built in an accelerometer on the system. The lights on the trailer will flash, a 120-decibel siren will go off, and the electric brakes will lock up, preventing the trailer theft and alerting the owner of the trailer about it, if they’ve made that option available and installed that system,” he explains.
His best tips to keep a race car trailer secure, besides employing his system, are these: “Keep your trailer parked in a well-lit area. Make any type of security you do have on the trailer more visible, so the thieves will see it and bypass your trailer for that of the next guy’s.” He adds that a safer positioning of the trailer, along with painting a unique logo or name on the roof, are both good ideas to deter theft.
As far as his own products go, Clark says “Our products are a built-in system that is designed to be more secure. Ours are hardwired into the wiring of the trailer, and it is purpose-built. And, it’s a trailer alarm system that’s built specifically for trailers. There are many other systems out there that just use modified car alarms.”
Besides being a system uniquely designed for trailers, Clark’s system is, he says, the “only system out there” with a five-year warranty on the equipment.
Additionally, he notes that among his trailer security products, his top-of-the-line system has GPS built into it. “If they are somehow able to still steal your trailer by hauling it up on a tow rig or something like that, you will be able to track it because of the GPS in it.”
The success of his security equipment and its state-of-the-art capabilities won two awards at the most recent PRI Show.
Overall, Clark says what he most wants readers to know about trailer security is this: “Whether you use our product or anyone else’s, doing something is better than nothing,” he says.
By Genie Davis