It's that time of year where many have their boats and boating equipment out in readiness for summer.
Thieves are also interested in boats, boating equipment and trailers as they seize the opportunity deal in seasonal items.
If you're a boat owner, you must take the security of your boat, trailer and associated equipment as seriously as you would the security of your home or vehicle.
There are several things you can do to reduce the risk of vessel burglary and theft.
Security devices installed on boats should be resistant to water, salt and humidity.
Locks - marine dealers carry a special outboard motor and exterior hatch locks. When fastened with a quality padlock, they improve security considerably.
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 you are leaving your boat for long periods of time, ensure that someone else is able to check your boat on a regular basis.
Trailers - Boats on trailers and outboard motors are the most frequent targets of marine theft. Don't make it easy for thieves.
- If you can't park the boat out of sight, store it with the trailer tongue not easily accessible.
- Park another vehicle or other large object in front of the trailer.
- Secure the trailer to an anchored object with a good quality chain and lock.
- Purchase a good quality trailer lock and use it even if storing the boat in a garage.
- Trailer and tow bar locks, around $40, are available from car accessory and marine outlets.