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Which Enclosed Hitch Cargo Carrier is Most Secure from Theft

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I would like to know between the Rola, Thule, and GearDeck enclosed carriers, which would be considered the most secure against theft? That is, which would be the hardest to pry or cut open, which has the best locking mechanism, etc. We travel cross-country a couple times a year and leave the car unattended when stopping for meals, staying overnight at hotels in small towns, etc. And would your recommended option work on a 2009 CRV and still allow the liftgate to open?

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Between the three you mentioned we can eliminate the Rola cargo carrier part # 59109 right off the bat as it has by far the weakest lock system. The locks are similar to what you'd see on a briefcase and the lid is position in such a way that it would be the easiest to pry off. The winner in my opinion is the GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier # H00604 when used with a padlock part # ACC3250 because not only is the pad lock more secure than the Thule Combi # TH665C lock the way the carrier opens is also difficult to get a pry bar into.

A determined thief with enough time could probably get into any of them but the GearDeck will give them the most trouble.

The Geardeck also slides out too which would most likely allow the CR-V rear gate to open. See picture.

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