On nicer days, sailing on the water is a refreshing and relaxing activity. However, a burglary might force you to stay at the dock.
Boat theft should be understood in the broadest sense of the word: it includes the theft of certain parts of the boat, such as the engine, as well as the complete disappearance of the boat.
Here are some simple methods to dissuade thieves:
- When your boat is on a trailer, install an anti-theft lock (sometimes called a "lock") made of ductile iron and stainless steel, materials that are difficult to alter. The use of locks may be required by some insurers, without which theft will not be covered.
- For speedboats, add an anti-theft device to the motor.
- Whenever possible, park your boat in a safe, locked area and park another vehicle in front of it.
- Theft of removable items, such as flotation jackets, is common. Place them in a safe place, such as in a car, leaving nothing in plain sight.
- When your boat is in a marina or during a stopover (at a gas station for example), it is more vulnerable to theft. Focus on prevention!
- As with your car, mark your boat and all its parts. Discover more about this technique.
- Finally, use a tracking system to locate your boat if necessary.
With these few precautions, you should be able to protect yourself against theft of your boat and its accessories.