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Does anyone own/have any experience of the Alko premium hitch lock (the black lock)?

https://ukshop.alko-tech.com/uk/security-device-aks-2004-3004.html

 

Thinking of upgrading ours from the 'regular' red Alko hitch lock

Thoughts?

TIA

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It might take a minute or two longer to get off - but it does appear that it would be easier to attack both on the top and sides with an angle grinder. Just chop off the sides and its off

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I suspect that anyone willing and capable of stealing a van with the standard Alko lock will not be deterred by the few extra minutes to deal with one of these. Particularly when, with the right piece of kit, they can steal it first and remove the lock elsewhere!

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Unless you use the hitchlock  to secure the van to a post, none of them will stop a thief, all  they need is a bit of rope. They are handy to stop opportunists if you’re leaving the van hitched to the car somewhere though. 
 

Save your money. 

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Thanks people - thought as much

 

The advent of cordless angle grinders for just over £60 doesn't help all our security measures

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/21V-115mm-Cordless-Angle-Grinder-Sander-w-30-0A-Battery-2-Grinding-Disc-Spanner/313025701340?hash=item48e1c925dc:g:y3AAAOSwqkxeae~j

 

Just got to make it a s difficult as possible for the ********

Oh & having new for old insurance eases my mind, a little lol

 

Paranoid? Me? :lol:

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I looked at the black one and could not see any great advantages over the red version, so have carried on with the red one.

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Frankly I cannot see it being worth the money. Hitchlocks have very little security value as thieves will come equipped with chains, or even a prefabricated A frame to bypass it.  If your insurance requires one fit one, but to me the only real use is where it will lock the caravan to the car and they can be used when you stop for a rest.

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There is NOTHING that will thwart a determined thief, all you can do is deter or delay them, or make the caravan next to it look less time consuming to steal. 

 

Andy

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I have one and it's a real solid brute.

With an angle grinder you would have to cut through both sides to get it off, and that would take more than a couple of minutes. The longer it takes, the more chance of getting caught.

The only problem is that the Alko hitch cover won't fit over it.

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On 06/06/2020 at 17:29, Mr Plodd said:

There is NOTHING that will thwart a determined thief, all you can do is deter or delay them, or make the caravan next to it look less time consuming to steal. 

 

Andy

My thoughts exactly, with years of experience to prove it!

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We have one, it came with the van.  It's quite a bit heavier, but I wouldn't say it's anymore secure

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But considerably better than no hitch lock! With the added advantage that, even with the right tools, it’s a time consuming and noisy operation to remove it. 

 

Andy

 

 

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I  bought one to replace the red one and yes it is a much heavier and more robust beast than the original.

 

Yes doubtless a determined thief would be able to remove it but I don't regret buying it if only for the reason that if it is a little harder to remove than the red one the thief may move on.

 

No regrets here.

 

Ian

 

 

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Paranoia got the better of me & I bought 'the black one' lol

 

First impressions -

The black one is one heavy mutha. The fit is a lot better than the red one which I always thought was just not quite a tight enough fit.

 

Yes yes I know it can be cut off just like any other hitch lock but this one will take some time IMHO

Those extra few minutes may be just enough, who knows

Like Ian, no regrets

 

A little research on the Alko website is showing the red one weighing in at 1.5kg versus the black one which weighs 4.9kg!

 

Before and after pic's lol

 

 

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2 minutes ago, AndersG said:

Can you use the premium lock while towing?

Yes

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