Biff, you're a rockstar! Thanks for all the info.
Put the can in the garage or shed for a few days
Unfortunately I don't have either so there's no safe place for me to store gas at home. The little patio area is partially closed and too small to put the gas cans anywhere that's not near water or a possible ignition source. So these would be strictly for on-the-go use.
P3. NATO fuel can holders, bolted to the rack. They're lockable.The Jerry can holder. A padlock keeps the can from being opened or stolen.
Love those lockable, boltable can holders. thanks for the tip.
After reading some of the accounts of hurricane evacuees and hearing the scary incidents of threats and theft en route, concealment and avoiding theft have become important concerns for me.
If, after that, you're still uncomfortable with the idea of storing the fuel in the vehicle, your best option, IMHO, is:
What you've outlined with the roof rack is pretty much what I was thinking would be ideal. Storing on the roof means it's out of easy reach for theft and out of a collision area while driving. Right now I have a plastic clamshell that straps on (looks like a Big Mac container, has seatbelt-like straps that fit around the roof and inside the doors). That'll do for the present because it was free and only needs some minor repairs. But eventually I'd like to get a proper installed rack and basket as you've shown, for reasons I mentioned earlier in reply to raptor.
This type of trailer-hitch-mounted cargo basket is generally known as a back porch. ...it is a poor place to store fuel because, as Y.T. already observed, it puts the fuel can at the same height as the bumper of the vehicle rear-ending you.
I wouldn't put fuel there, particularly because Golfs are very low riding vehicles (I scrape those concrete space dividers in parking lots). But there are many times it would be helpful to have some extra space for large gear, or to be able to fit another passenger and gear. If I were using it for bugging I'd want to secure the contents in some way from theft and the elements. Mostly I just think it's hysterical to put it on the front of my car, with like big steer horns and metal skulls and stuff.
I doubt it would work on the front of my car, but the idea tickles me.
Aside from reducing your departure angle to naught
I feel really dense for asking this, but what does that mean?