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Security of roof boxes

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
My son and I are doing a week long trip this season and we may be carrying 4 pairs of skis. I have a 2009 Outback and while we can put them in the car we might prefer not to do that so whoever isn't driving can put the passenger seat down and take a nap. So my question is how secure are these things at night? Do people who have them leave skis and poles in them at night or are they just not secure enough for that.
post #2 of 11

I have a Yakima Skybox 16, and I've left my skis in a rooftop box overnight many times at a hotel, ski cabin or condo.  I wouldn't do so in a "sketchy" environment.  YMMV, as to what is sketchy.

 

IMO, the lock is easily jimmied or the lip/part of box with the lock can be broken off. 

post #3 of 11

Items are more safe and secure in a box where they can't be seen than they are inside a vehicle where they can be seen.  More importantly, someone isn't going to smash your windows to get something that is tucked away out if sight.  Could a thief use a crowbar to tear the box open or rip it off the roof?  Yes, but that will only happen if they are certain there is something inside they REALLY want.  At a motel, parked in the dark, far away from the door or window of your room I'd probably bring the skis inside just to be safe.  But they'd probably be OK in a locked ski box.  I'd not consider leaving them on a rack or inside the car anywhere for an extended period of time.

post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

My son and I are doing a week long trip this season and we may be carrying 4 pairs of skis. I have a 2009 Outback and while we can put them in the car we might prefer not to do that so whoever isn't driving can put the passenger seat down and take a nap. So my question is how secure are these things at night? Do people who have them leave skis and poles in them at night or are they just not secure enough for that.

They are just deterrents.  The locks aren't particularly fancy... leaving them inside a car, can cause a person to do a smash & grab.

 

If you need them to be more secure, bring them inside the hotel room or rental accomodations.

post #5 of 11

Stronger than your car window. 

post #6 of 11

I've had friends that have had their boxes stolen right off the car. Don't leave stuff in them overnight unattended.

post #7 of 11
I am so glad I live in a backwater. (Of course now it will happen to me tomorrow.)
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies.  I suspected that the locks aren't all that great.  Considering the cost of one these things, I think we'll just use the old ski rack.

post #9 of 11
The locks are fine, and the Yakima has a slide bar that goes through three attachment points. You'd have to destroy the box to get inside or cut the mounts and take the whole thing. It's probably the most secure place on the vehicle.
post #10 of 11

Yep, pretty much all locked ski boxes are more secure than any ski rack.  First, less likely to attract thieves because they can't see the target.  Beyond that just like a rack it is easier to bust the entire box off the car and toss it in the back of a pick up than it is to remove the skis from the box or rack without a key.

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post
 

I've had friends that have had their boxes stolen right off the car. Don't leave stuff in them overnight unattended.


A friend of mine had his wallet stolen from his back pocket so I removed all my back pockets. :)  OP. Get a box and chill. Worth the money for utility and security. Keep and enjoy or sell it after your trip. Enjoy your trip.

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