Originally Posted by oz97tj
That looks cool but wouldn't that require the use of the key every time you want to open the door? Would be a pain if you couldn't leave it unlocked
I am not sure, but I believe you are right. It looks like it takes a key every time you want to open it. However, that wouldn't bother me, I keep all my hatches locked all the time when they are closed. Even if I am sitting in camp by the campfire 20 feet away. If I am not actively loading or unloading within site, I leave them locked.
An interesting axiom is that simple burglary is more often a result of opportunity. Sure, thieves are bad people and shouldn't steal, etc. and so forth. However, while it is not a absolute, it is still more often than not that when people who are victims of theft sit back and truly analyze the situation, they can find something they could have done to prevent the theft.
Where I learned this lesson: I was at home loading my old 5er to go on a weekend trip. I unlocked a storage door and loaded my nice Craftsman portable tool box and my old Makita cordless drill, reclosed the storage door, but did not lock it. The trailer was parked on the side of my house. I stepped into the garage (out of site of my trailer) to grab a couple others items and a small tent for the kids. I was away from the trailer 5 minutes or less. When I came back the tool box and the drill were gone. No one in sight (though, I thought I remembered a vehicle driving by, but never gave it a thought, while I was in the garage). Ever since then, I keep things locked. This is even while living in Alaska where it is common for people to leave doors unlocked and keys in the ignition, with out worries.