After waiting all winter, it’s finally warming up and boating season is right around the corner. If you’re a boater, it’s probably your favorite time of year. So, the last thing you need to deal with is boat theft. Just like with your car, boat theft is often a crime of opportunity. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can deter the theft of your boat. Below are a few tips to get you started.
Trailer security: While at a boat ramp, keep your trailer and hitch locked to your tow vehicle. For even more security, you can attach the trailer to a sturdy object with a heavy chain. Thieves look for targets that are quick and easy, so anything you do to slow the process of stealing your property acts as a deterrent. To that note, always face the tongue of the trailer toward a building or fence while in storage.
Marina security: Boats stored in water are more vulnerable than boats in dry storage. Choosing a secure marina can help lower this risk. Look for a marina that is gated and equipped with security cameras. Security guards are an added bonus. Remember, never leave valuables in plain sight while away from your boat. In fact, it’s best to take them with you.
Alarm: You can buy a self-contained boat alarm at any marine store and install it for extra protection. Place a sticker on a window advertising the alarm system to ward off thieves.
GPS tracker: If your boat is stolen, a GPS tracker allows the police to locate the vessel and recovery is often possible. Additionally, some GPS systems will sound an alarm if the boat leaves a predetermined area as yet another theft deterrent.
Kill switch: For the mechanically inclined boaters, you can install a hidden kill switch or fuel shutoff to prevent thieves from getting away with your boat. Some people prefer to remove a critical (yet easily replaced) part of the ignition system while away from the water.
Even with the highest security standards, boats can still be stolen or vandalized. Make sure your boat insurance is up-to-date before hitting the water so you can enjoy the sunshine knowing that you’re protected.
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