How To Keep My Trail Camera From Being Stolen? | The Definitive Guide |
We all want to know how to keep our cameras more secure. Trail Cameras cost us hundreds of dollars to buy and more importantly are valuable tools that help us kill that buck of lifetime. When our trail cameras are stolen we not only are out the money but we are out all those pictures of target bucks. Without those pictures, we are left to wonder when Mr. Big is checking that scrape or if he is still in the area at all.
We all know trail camera theft is an issue. Below is the definitive guide to protect your trail camera from being stolen.
- Use a TrailCam SHIELD on all your Game Cameras.
Science tells us that one of #1 ways to deter theft is by increasing the perception of being caught. We have integrated a well known scientific concept called Deterrence Theory into trail cam protection.
The Deterrence theory tell us 3 facts:
- The certainty of being caught is a vastly more powerful deterrent than the punishment.
- You can deter crime by increasing the perception that criminals will be caught and punished
- Fear of social embarrassment is a power dissuader in crime.
TrailCam SHIELD integrates the those three facts into a powerful deterrence system. TrailCam SHIELD deters thieves through a durable, camo caution decal that warns about the dangers of stealing the game camera. TrailCam SHIELD introduces the possibility that they could be caught and go to jail if they steal the camera. Nothing on the market does that!
- Place your trail cameras high in the tree.
If you are serious about preventing trail cam theft them putting the camera out of reach of would-be thieves is must. We recommend taking a screw in step or two with you into the woods, screwing some steps into the tree and placing your camera around 10ft off the ground facing down towards the wildlife. If you are on public ground, you could take a strap on ladder off of one of your trees stands to get to your desired height.
Unless thieves are walking around with screw-in steps or a ladder on their back they will have no way of getting to your cam. More likely, they will never even see the cam as it is not in the normal position where thieves could find it.
- Don't use an attractant in front of your cameras
Most cameras nowadays blend in pretty well in the woods and with tree bark but if a protein block or a pile a corn is out in the middle of nowhere thieves will be sure to look around to see if anything is over looking it. We suggest if you are trying to avoid trail cam theft that you place your cameras over natural trails or scrapes so nothing attracts people to your cam and the possibility of theft is minimized.
- Always wrap your extra strap length tightly around the tree.
This may seem like a simple concept but all too often we have found that straps blowing in the wind can attract an unwanted passerby who may think about stealing your cams. We suggest wrapping all excess strap tightly around the tree and tucking it into itself.
This way no unnatural strap will blowing in the wind and allow your camera to stay as hidden as possible.
- Use lock boxes and locking cables.
This is probably the most common way to protect trail cameras. They can be very effective but also come with certain inherent down falls. If you are on public land, most states don't allow anything to be screwed into trees so a lockbox is usually only good as the cables that are securing it.
Make sure you get a high quality locking cable that can't be easily cut through with pruners or a knife. Another potential downside of the locking cables is that you have to remember the keys! I don't know how many times I have gone out to check and move my cams only to forget the key and have my plans ruined for the day.
We recommend a combination of all 5 suggestions to ensure your trail cameras doesn't get stolen. Combining the TrailCam SHIELD decals, with lockboxes and cables, and common sense approach to trail cam setups can dramatically reduce your risk of having your trail cam stolen.
If you are on a budget and can't afford lockboxes for each of your cams we recommend the TrailCam SHIELD. It is the most affordable and effective way to protect all your cams!
Bottom line: We are tired of sportsman not respecting other sportsman. It is ruining the sport and costing fellow hunters hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in lost gear due to theft.
Here at SPORTSMAN'S SHIELD we want you to HUNT MORE, WORRY LESS. We hope this guide help you protect your cameras this year.