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Old 01-03-2012, 05:25 PM
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They are just concrete and the pin is in them. Cant get to the lock with cutters
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Old 01-16-2012, 07:20 PM
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put up fake cameras in trees and signs stating "this area under 24hr surveillance" that might help curb the thieves.
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Old 01-16-2012, 07:50 PM
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put up fake cameras in trees and signs stating "this area under 24hr surveillance" that might help curb the thieves.
not always the best idea. This shows that the baskets are valuable and worth protecting.
like the guy who tried to give a way a trampoline. For 3 weeks he had a sign that said free. After 3 weeks he put a sign on it that said $100.00 OBO and the trampoline was stolen the next night.
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Old 01-16-2012, 08:06 PM
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Drop a piece of rebar down into your pole too...this will make it much more difficult to just hack the thing down. Unfortunately, they will do damage figuring that out, but at least the basket will still be there.
That's a really good idea.
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Old 01-23-2012, 01:52 PM
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Before you pour the concrete for the sleeves, pound 6-12" pieces of rebar in the bottom of the hole at an angle so some of the rebar is in the ground, and the other part will be in the concrete. This will make the basket nearly impossible to dig up. Think of it as adding "roots" to the basket.
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Old 01-23-2012, 02:53 PM
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yeah i was trying to figure a way to use one of those big van door padlocks and have the iron come all the way up from the concrete bottom.....and lock them that way....but would make moving the baskets a pain in the arse but maybe for permanent locations
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Old 01-23-2012, 03:07 PM
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A lock is only good enough to keep an honest man honest. Really you don't need to make them vandal proof you just have to make it too much effort for people to easily steal. So just a good lock on the Gateway baskets should work. I would stamp or etch the metal with distinguished markings as well.
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:57 PM
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Thanks for the feedback! These will be Gateway baskets, which we selected entirely because they seem to be the heaviest duty (and hopefully vandalism resistant)


I checked out the photo online, what are those boxes? I've seen similar sprinkler boxes before that completely protect the locks. Is that a sprinkler box?
Yea thats a valve cover box. They are great they the crap out of you extra pins. And makes it harder to get bolt cutters on the lock.
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:11 PM
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Thank you everyone for the suggestions. We've decided on what we're doing to protect the baskets, so I wanted to share. These are Gateway Titan baskets and the sleeves attach through the pole, very different from the baskets I'm used to.

1 = welding the nuts/bolts that attach the basket to the pole
2 = filling the entire pole with concrete. We'll assemble the baskets, cap the top, the sit them upside down and pour concrete into the pole right up to the hole where the sleeve attaches
3 = drilling out the holes through the sleeve/pole to 5/8" and using 5/8" diameter trailer hitch locks
4 = using rebar into the ground and extra concrete when setting the sleeves

These should be incredibly secure. And the Gateway baskets are extra beefy, I've got one assembled and it weighs 70 lbs vs 56 for my Chainstar ... that is pre-concrete-in-pole weight
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We just had our second basket stolen this year. No cut lock, just cut through the pole.
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