Recently I purchased hitch bike rack. This is my second bike rack. My first one was stolen when I left it installed on car (car parked on street).

The one which got stolen was a THULE bike rack. The new one I bought is Yakima. But I think they use same kind of locking mechanism, Details here. I do not trust these locks much. Previous one has a similar lock but got stolen.

Is there a way I can make it difficult to steal? Right now only this lock is a deterrent (and rack weight, its 50 pounds).

I could not find any product as such which addresses this problem.

I am fine with any solution(like securing the rack with car's frame with a strong metal chain), as long as it makes a strong deterrent for a professional thief.

Please suggest a solution. Too see the product visit here https://yakima.com/products/fullswing .

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    The easiest and cheapest option is just take the rack the off when it’s nots being used. I have a tow bar mounted rack that just sits in the boot when it’s not being used.
    – Dan K
    Sep 3, 2020 at 6:43
  • @Dan K - I argue its not the easiest, but it is certainly cheapest and most secure method
    – mattnz
    Sep 3, 2020 at 10:05

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As suggested in the comments, removing the rack is by far the most secure option.

The hitch rack pin can be replaced with a locking pin. Alternately if the end of the hitch is accessible and sticks out past the end of the hitch socket, a padlock can be installed.

A chain from the rack to a fitting on the car that prevents it from being removed is possible. This may require having a suitible securing point mounted on the car.

All these help protect the rack, but a determined thief will defeat them all. My hitch is bolted to the car with just 6 bolts. 10 minutes with the right size socket and/or spanner will easily have the whole thing off the car and on its way to a new home.

  • After a week of research, I realized that your advise is only practical option I have. Thanks for your answer.
    – vikrant
    Sep 8, 2020 at 4:41

You can purchase a locking pin to replace the pin that retains the rack in the hitch "receiver". Or you can padlock, via cable or chain, the hitch to one of the chain loops on both sides of the receiver.

  • Cables are easy to snip so a chain seems the better choice.
    – Armand
    Sep 4, 2020 at 2:59
  • @Armand - Depends on the size of the cable, vs the size of the chain. Sep 4, 2020 at 11:36

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