How To Prevent Tree Stand Theft | The Definitive Guide
Looking for some tips, tricks, and hacks to help prevent tree stand theft? You came to the right place!
We all want to know how to keep our stands more secure. Tree stands cost hundreds of dollars to buy and more importantly are valuable tools that help us kill that buck of lifetime. When our tree stands are stolen we are not only out the money but may not be able to have success that year. Without those stands, we are left to wonder if I having the stand could have helped you close the deal on Mr. Big.
We all know tree stand theft is an issue. Below is the definitive guide to protect your tree stand from being stolen.
Tree Stand Theft Prevention Tip #1:
Use a TreeStand SHIELD on all your tree stands.
TreeStand SHIELD is a theft prevention decal for your tree stand that psychologically deters theft. Our SHIELDS give the perception that your tree stand has GPS tracking technology whether it does or not. It can be used as a stand alone deterrent or in conjunction with an actual GPS tracker. Science tells us that one of #1 way to deter theft is by increasing the perception of being caught. We have integrated a well known scientific concept called Deterrence Theory into a tree stand security product.
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 powerful dissuader in crime.
TreeStand SHIELD integrates the those three facts into a powerful deterrence system. TreeStand SHIELD deters thieves through a durable, outdoor decal / sticker that warns about the dangers of stealing the game stand. TreeStand SHIELD introduces the possibility that they could be caught and go to jail if they steal your gear. Nothing on the market does that!
Because many of our customers use our SHIELDs in conjunction with an actual GPS tracker, thieves will have no clue if your stand is being tracked or not. They will be forced to leave your stand alone because it's simply not worth the risk!
Tree Stand Theft Prevention Hack #2:
Put a Lock or Cable on Them
If a thief has to go back to his house to get bolt cutters in order to cut your cables then the odds of them stealing your stand greatly decreases. Cables will help stop an impulsive thief that just happened to walk by your stand. Obviously there is no guarantee but we've had great successes pairing a physical deterrent (cable/chain) with a psychological deterrent like TreeStand Shield.
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.
Tree Stand Theft Prevention Trick #3:
Use a climber stand when hunting a high risk area
The best way to make sure a stand isn’t stolen is to take it down each time you leave. That's not practical for most ladder or hang on stands but a climber would work perfectly.
Theft Proofing Tree Stand Tip #4:
Remove the bottom steps of your ladder or hang on stand
This is one of my favorite ways to stop theft. If they can't reach your stand they have no way to steal. Most thieves are impulsive so if you're able to negate their foolish impulse by making it hard to reach your stand you can increase the odds that they will move on without taking your stand.
Tree Stand Theft Prevention Hack #5:
Place a dummy camera nearby
Ever have a trail camera stop working? Don't throw it out, put it to use. Use it to deter tree stand theft by placing it facing the tree stand. Thieves may be tempted to take your camera so thats why you use a camera that doesn't work. It's not fool proof but it will definitely make a thief think twice before taking your camera
We recommend a combination of all 5 suggestions to ensure your tree cameras doesn't get stolen. Combining the TreeStand SHIELD decals, with lockboxes and cables, and common sense approach to tree stand setups can dramatically reduce your risk of having your tree stand stolen.
If you are on a budget and can't afford chains for each of your stands we recommend the TreeStand SHIELD. It is the most affordable and effective way to protect all your stands!
Bottom line: We are tired of sportsmen not respecting other sportsmen. 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 and stands this year.