If you are a boat owner, it’s important that you take the security of your boat as seriously as you would the security of your home. Boats are more at risk than homes since a thief can just tow your boat away. There are several things that can be done to reduce the risk of vessel theft.
- Security devices installed on boats should be resistant to water, salt and humidity.
- Locks - Marine dealers carry special exterior hatch locks. When fastened with a quality padlock, one of these improves security.
- Windows - To enhance window security, locksmiths carry a variety of special, small locks and fasteners, which can be used to increase the security of other types of windows. For sliding windows, place a length of doweling in the track to prevent the window from being forced open.
- If your boat is kept in the water, use a marina with full time security and/or good lighting.
- If you are leaving your boat for long periods of time, ensure that someone else is able to check your boat on a regular basis.
- Boat and trailer are the most frequent targets of marine theft.
- Stealing a boat is much easier if a thieve can hitch up to your boat
and trailer and drive away.
- Store trailer in a locked garage, secured boat storage facility or
- If the trailer is stored at home, put it in the back or side yard out of sight.
- Store it with the trailer tongue not easily accessible.
- If storing in an open driveway or car port, park another vehicle or other large object in front of the trailer. Consider removing one trailer wheel.
- Secure the trailer to an anchored object with a good quality chain
- Purchase a good quality trailer hitch lock and use it – even if stored inside.