I installed my hasp with the screws showing andmused the wood block because I thought it looked good, and did so base on my philosophy on hasps and thieves. I wanted the system to deter someone without a screw driver, wrench (for the hinge pins), or wood saw, or crow bar. But if a thief has those tools, I’d much rather they use a screw driver, take my pots and pans, and leave my wood camper basically undamaged.  There’s no point in building a metal fortress when you’ve got a wood structure.

All that said, I love cpleper’s solution, and may well do that later.  For now I located my hasp catch such that it pulls the spring back (which I have as well) out of the rear of the hatch center.