Offers Security Advice To Boat Owners

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After reading reports of several recent boat thefts, offers advice on securing boats and trailers from potential theft.

Recently, boat theft has loomed large in the marine industry news. A luxury yacht was stolen in California, two small boats were pilfered in Egg Harbor Township, and Florida saw several thefts in the past week. knows how expensive a boat can be; they released a short list of security advice to aid boat owners.

A boat on a trailer can be a tempting target for prospective thieves, as well as being difficult to properly secure. Ideally, for the lowest risk of theft, the trailer should be rendered immovable. This is best accomplished by removing the tires and having the trailer resting on jack stands or similar equipment. Whatever you have the trailer sitting on, make certain it will hold the combined weight of the trailer and the boat.

A less-complicated option, for those with a home air-compressor, is just letting the air out of the tires before storing the used boat trailer. This will make it more difficult for thieves to make off with the trailer, and a lot noisier when they try.

Security-minded owners should avoid paying so much attention to the trailer that they overlook the boat itself. If the watercraft is small and light enough for several people to carry, it’s important to secure it to the trailer itself. Padlocks can be fitted over the clasp of most securing straps, making them unable to open unless the lock is removed first. Straps can be cut, however. In addition to straps, recommends using several common bike chains, fitted to certain difficult-to-reach locations.

After a recent bout of boat thefts caught the attention of the media, the staff at put together a simple list of security techniques. They hope to help boat owners avoid the potentially-devastating loss of property.

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