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Trail Cam Lock Suggestions

KYHunter

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Invested in some cell cams this year and want to protect my investment. I know about the python locks but I wanted to check here to see if anybody has any other methods of securing trail cameras that works for them?
 

Thetrueredneck

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Pythons by far the best I have for all my cams. I also saw a YouTube not to long ago talking about swapping the straps for para cord I did that and hang them 10-12’ high.
 

GreginPA

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Agree. I use pythons and hang them high on public. I use master lock pythons just because I got a good deal on them and I could get they keyed alike. However, one time last year I had trouble taking one lock off because the metal end cap was stuck. A few tries and extra cussing got it loose though. Once I got it home I hammered the metal end cap a bit which seemed to help and it hasn't gotten stuck again.
 

Jordan121787

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Invested in some cell cams this year and want to protect my investment. I know about the python locks but I wanted to check here to see if anybody has any other methods of securing trail cameras that works for them?
So what I do is:
1) CAMLOCKbox
2) lag bolts that CAMLOCKbox sells (at least 2 of them)
3) python lock
4) good pad lock
5) hang 10ft+ up

Now, I know you’re not supposed to bolt anything on the tree with public land, but I risk it so no one steals my expensive camera. So, they’d have to cut through two locks to get it.
 

Apex7

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I had a camera in a lock box lagged to the tree and a python lock on it at ground level. Box and camera was gone python lock was laying at the bottom of the tree. Funny thing is the camera had a pass code so I know they couldn't use it.
 
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Jordan121787

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I had a camera in a lock box lagged to the tree and a python lock on it at ground level. Box and camera was gone python lock was laying at the bottom of the tree. Funny thing is the camera had a pass code so I no they couldn't use it.
Ain’t that a b*^%#. It’s so pointless stealing cameras. I wish they all came with gps.
 

LoadedLimbs

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Small diameter steel cable with small eye on each end and a good quality padlock - placed out of reach from the ground, 10-12 feet up in a tree. You can buy the crimp collars and bulk cable at a home improvement or hardware store and make the eyes yourself after snaking through the camera.


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Thetrueredneck

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This is the python I use i get a good discount at work for them. I like the 5/16” cable and the way it hold very tight to the tree.22E38F1A-11C5-41C4-BCF6-78AF443B77C6.jpeg
 

Dewey

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Hang em up high. Steel security box and Python lock to the tree. That will deter all but the most committed thieves. If it’s too much work they move onto something easier.
 

boyne bowhunter

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I actually lag bolt a steel security box to the tree about 10-15 feet up. Bolt heads are in the inside so they'd need to destroy the box to get at the camera. By then the camera won't be any good anymore anyway, they can have it then. :smirkcat:

EDIT: By lag bolting the box directly to the tree you eliminate the tell tale horizontal lines created by straps and cables so it also makes the camera setup easier to camouflage. Granted, It's a crappy picture but no straps and a sponge paint job on the security box and it blends right in.

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LoadedLimbs

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Heck, I have a hard time opening mine with the keys sometimes.
Me too - now you have a “cheat” to get your python cable lock open when it’s being difficult!


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ChasingDinner

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Some of my cameras have the holes where a cable lock can be threaded through in order to lock it to the tree. The problem is that most cable locks do not fit through the hole.

One solution I have found to this is taking the gun locks that you might get with a new handgun purchase, similar to this:

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I run this through the holes on the camera and then run the cable lock or log chain through the gun lock.

This is a clear case of smoke'um if ya got'um. Purchasing the extra lock may be cost prohibitive in some cases, but if you already have a lock laying around it does the job. I am sure a good set of bolt cutters would make short work of this setup, but i'm of the opinion that you will not stop a properly motivated thief.
 
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