Soft covers - theft a problem?

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RebelReaper

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I have a soft cover, I don't regularly leave extremely valuable items in there, but I have before. At least overnight.

Most, not all, but most people stealing things are stealing something they know is there, having your truck bed covered and items not visible deters most criminals because the more damage they do the greater the chance of getting caught.

Bottom line for me is I could get in most hard covers with a hammer, if somebody wants in they are going to get in whether it's a hard or soft cover. Just my opinion and not saying anybody else is wrong. I like the convenience and easy removal of my soft cover.

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IMO if they want in, they are gonna get in. Hard or soft. They will destroy either one in no time if someone really wants to.
As a retired police officer, I agree with this statement 100%!

My one experience with a soft cover was on my 2016 Ram. I was at a hotel in El Paso by the airport and when I came out to my truck the next morning the soft top was literally pried lose from the bed! The idiot(s) that broke in didn't even have enough sense to just cut the top to gain access, they pried it up on both sides and the back. My insurance covered the soft cover and and all 3 bed rail covers which were torn up. There was nothing in the bed at the time.

I don't use any kind of bed cover now on my 2022 Ram 3500. I have an auxiliary fuel tank in the front of the bed and a bed cover won't fit over it.
 

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It’s not always about security. I live in Wisconsin and for me it’s about snow load. I’ve had them sagging badly under a wet, heavy snow and some of them got a little stretched and saggy.

My last three trucks have had aluminum roll up tonneau covers. These can take up a bit of the bed space especially when wanting to load something up against the front of the bed. But for me it’s a trade-off.

Good luck with your tonneau hunt!
 

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Yep, they will get it no matter hard or soft. I
IMO if they want in, they are gonna get in. Hard or soft. They will destroy either one in no time if someone really wants to.
have been using soft on my two trucks for over 8:years now. Never a theft of any kind in all sorts of locations.
 

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Have had a soft cover (Low Pro from Tuxedo) on my 3500 diesel for 5 years with no problems. Like everyone said if they want it they’re going to get it. But it’s definitely easier with a soft cover. Maybe it’s better to let you know likes and dislikes.
Likes:
1. I like the smoothness of the look. Mine does not flap in the wind.
2. I like the very small profile when you roll it up.
3. Does not leak at all when I wash it or in heavy rain storms.
4. Very low profile inside the bed with nothing sticking out or overhang in the bed.

Dislike:
1. It does cross my mind of putting anything of real value for a long period of time. I don’t have to really worry about that cause I’ve never had cause to leave anything of value in the bed for a long period of time.
2. The big one for me is rolling it up and down in the heat. The cover gets so soft it is difficult to roll. Mine is still in fantastic shape but that could be a deal breaker if I ever have to buy a new one.

hope this helps in your decision.
 

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I go with soft covers. why? I had a hard cover on a previous GMC 1500 i had. My impression 9f it was that it would take a thief about 10 seconds with a crowbar or maybe 30 seconds with a screw driver to get past it. With a soft cover, they would just take a knife to it wich would avoid other damage to the truck. That's based on my sample size of one hard cover I owned. Maybe others are better? I got it mostly because I liked the look of it.
 

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I have covers on all my trucks . I feel the hard cover is very secure compared to the other two trucks they are vinyl covers. I have even thought about selling the hard cover . Personally in 30 plus yrs I have only had one problem and that is when a tree limb went thru the cover. I like vinyl covers and have found that even when they say they cover it for lifetime warranty they do NOT back their words up. That cover has threadscoming apart and seals coming off.
 
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I don't have any experience with newer hard covers but 10 years ago it didn't take much force with a flat head screw driver to rotate the entire lock core and open them. My current truck (ram 1500 with RT badges) has a snap on bed cover, and I've parked in some high crime cities and not had any issues. I'll probably get a hard cover when this one wears out because the snaps are a pain in the ass, but I'm also thinking about a roll up one because of how I keep the cover off for most of the summer and don't want to have to find a storage spot for a hard cover.
 

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I looked at both soft tops,tri fold hard tops and those tonneau covers and went with a tonneau cover at first but didn't like the accessibility of it the more you moved to the front of the box. So I gave that away and ended up with a soft top as I saw a few with the tri fold covers when open they were either sticking up half way up the rear window or covering a small portion of the box which isn't really a big deal but not what I liked. The soft top I have has velcro on each side and i like the fact you roll it up and doesn't obscure anything. When its closed you can't open it until you open the tailgate. Mines on a 2016 Ram sport. No issues with anyone trying to get into it but like someone mentioned if they did want to there wouldn't be much damage other than the cover.
 

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I have used Tri-Fold soft cover for yrs. Over 10 to be exact. First what expensive "valuables" does the average person carry in a pick up bed? Second is a hard cover really all that much secure? I mean think about it..Truck cabs are broke into every day!!! Surely a $1500-$2000+ hard cover can be broke into!! If someone knew you had valuables under the that hard cover it is still more accessible than your cab! And third, occasionally I like to remove my soft tri-fold cover for ease of loading the bed uncovered. I guarantee it's much easier to remove my trip-fold soft than a big heavy cumbersome hard cover. Durability? I can buy 3 Soft covers for the price of one hard cover. Remember , none are 100% water tight.....JMHO, kind of like the hundreds of 3/4 T and 1T diesel owners out there that tow 5000 trailers 3 times a yr!!!! Makes them feel good! LOL. to each their own.
 
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