Sunday, March 29, 2015

How to Prevent Your Trail Camera from Theft

Trail cameras are growing in popularity all over the world and becoming a necessary piece of tackle to a hunters gear.  If you have owned a trail camera in the past five years chances are you have been a victim of a theft or you know somebody who has. The manufacturers have been well aware of this problem and have developed some security devices that will help prevent theft of your trail cams.   

Cable Locks

Often people use bungee cords as a quick easy accessory to strapping their trail cam to a tree. Bungee cords work well; however, they will not keep someone from taking your trail camera.  Cable locks are a great alternative to bungee cords. Chances are if someone finds your trail camera strapped to a tree they will not have the proper equipment required to cut the cable and take your camera. Cable locks range from around $7.00 to $19.00.

Master Lock  Python Adjustable Locking Cable, 6-Foot     $7.99

Master Lock Python Adjustable Locking Cable, Braided Steel, Yellow /Black  6-Feet x 5/16-Inch $15.12

Master Lock Python Adjustable  Cable, Braided Steel, Camo, 6-Feet x 5/16-Inch   $16.07

 Security box

Security boxes are another accessory that will help you keep your trail camera from theft but also avoids damage from wildlife like bears and other curious creatures. Most trail cameras have security boxes that were specifically made for your trail camera model. Depending on the trail camera that you have; security boxes can cost around $30.00.

Bushnell Trophy Cam Security Boxes for 2011, 2010, and 2009 Models $30.00 

Security Box to Fit Moultrie M80 Game Camera $30.49

Security Box to Fit Moultrie M100 Game Camera $30.49

Tree mount

The reason for tree stands is to be above the ground because animals rarely look up…same concept is true with people. When hikers are in the area it is likely that they will walk right past the tree that has your trail camera mounted up high like a tree stand. Even if by some small chance they do see your trail camera in a tree they would have to climb that tree to get to the trail camera…Tree mounts are an excellent strategy to using your trail camera. If you are in plot stalker mode you can cover a lot of area with your trail camera. If you hunt in a tree stand you can have a realistic view of the deer’s patterns from a tree stand view.

Moultrie Camera Tree Mount Deluxe $24.99

Stealth Cam EPIC Tree Screw Mount $17.99

Tree Bracket Trophy Cam Black Deluxe $16.46

 Cable locks, security boxes, and tree mounts are great deterrents in keeping your trail camera safe. Another accessory for many trail cameras is the ability to send pictures instantly to your email and phone which will help you at least have a description of the person that may want to take your camera.  Many trail cameras today also have password protection options to avoid the use of your trail camera after it has been taken.  Today’s trail cameras have become so much smaller that it can be hard enough already for the person to find his or her own camera let alone a tempted hiker passing by.

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