Secure Vehicle Storage By Billy Boxes

Until we were sent the press release for Billy Boxes, I was only familiar with Tuffy Security Products for secure vehicle storage.  I’ve always been nervous about an external box as I think it screams “Hey, I’ve got stuff in me, please check”.  I suppose if it is anchored well enough it is just as secure as a trunk, and something inside the cabin of the vehicle would generally result in a busted window.

we’ve reimagined the truck bed toolbox with a host of thoughtfully designed features including LED lighting, audio, adjustable organization, firearm storage and more. Every box is made-to-order in one of 25 colors and handcrafted in Austin, Texas.


They are a bit pricey, starting at $2100, and there are a few configuration options (adding in things audio and D-Rings).

What do you readers think?  How do you secure valuables in your vehicle?  Does anyone have a Billy Box that would be willing to give as a heads up?

Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


  • MR

    Most of the truck bed tool boxes around here are stuffed with old jumper cables, partial jugs of oil, cheap rusty tools, and paper towels. Not generally worth anybody’s time to be checking out, especially up there in everybody’s line of sight.

    • El Duderino


      If you put a four figure box in a truck, people just might figure out you have something nice in there.

      I have a cheap aluminum box in the bed of my truck, but it’s the kind that stays below the edge of the bed, and it’s covered by a soft tonneau cover — no one knows it’s there. Concealment > protection in this case.

    • Tig

      How did you get a look inside my truck box Mister? Aside from your accuracy, there are still A-holes that will steal your cables and then dump the oil in the bottom of the box and stick your last roll of paper towels in it, just to piss you off! Then they’ll use one of those rusty wrenches to break out your back window and go through the inside too… I really like the earlier comment regarding the claymore =-)

      • MR

        You run that risk regardless of how you secure your property. Tweakers and other low-value individuals will bust out your windows just to dig through your stuff, even if you don’t have anything of value visible. Fortunately those incidents are rare around here, just gotta keep our stuff secure and locked, avoid parking in areas that offer them privacy, and hope for the best. Scum can strike anywhere, but they usually prefer easy targets.

  • FrenchKiss

    Meh. If I wanted the contents of a “Billy Box” and couldn’t open it, I’d steal the vehicle. Much easier. Then after I’m out of sight, cut open the box.

  • Zapp Brannigan

    It looks well thought out and well made but the high price (to me) seems like its biggest drawback.

  • jamezb

    I had a lovely truck box secured to the bed with 6 heavy bolts.
    The thieves stuck a couple jacks under it and ripped the bolts right out of the box.
    That was about a $2500 lesson in how much our fellow man sucks.

    • Dan

      Those are some determined thieves.

    • billyboxes

      That is ambitious. To prevent this type of attack, we include stainless steel backing plates and hardware (aluminum excels at corrosion resistance, but not strength in a situation like you describe).

      Obviously no storage solution, whether in a home or vehicle, is impenetrable for a criminal with enough time, skill or effort, but our goal is to make it challenging enough that a thief moves on to easier targets. Keeping hidden and difficult to access as others have suggested may certainly be the right solution for some, but our customers need a combination of convenient access to all their gear and good security.

  • b stidwell

    The price Oh My God !!!!!!!

  • RPK

    YES, a bit pricey.

    Anytime you work hard and have something nice, some criminal type is going to steal it.

    Needs a Claymore Mine trigger option for those pesky determined thieves.

  • AD_Rtr_OS

    CA law IIRC does not consider truck-bed boxes – no matter how well secured or locked – as the equivalent of a “trunk” when it comes to the requirement for secure-storage during transport in a “separately locked container”.

    • billyboxes

      While we certainly advise everyone to be fully informed on local firearm transport laws and to not carry ammunition or loaded firearms in a Billy Box, the locked container provision only relates to handguns and assault weapons. For handguns and assault weapons covered by the “locked container” provision, whether a truck bed toolbox is a prohibited “utility” compartment seems to be in dispute since a utility compartment isn’t specifically defined and is commonly understood to mean a console or similar since it’s listed with glove compartments.