Frequency of Boating Theft
High value boats continue to be a target for would-be thieves. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) a total of 5,051 watercraft were reported stolen between January 1 and December 31 2015.
“On average, there were approximately 14 watercraft thefts per day, 97 per week, or 421 per month in 2015. Most thefts occurred during the spring and summer months with July recording the highest number with 612. February recorded the fewest with 251.” – National Insurance Crime Bureau
How Can You Protect Your Boat?
Boat Safe recommends 7 tips for securing your boat.
- Mark it – Permanently mark your boat, trailer, or other equipment with a unique to you identification number, such as a Hull Identification Number or Driver’s License Number.
- Record it – Make a complete inventory of your boat, trailer, and equipment.
- Photograph it – Take pictures, videotape your boat, trailer and equipment from all angles.
- Arm it – Consider an alarm system. Self-contained systems are inexpensive and are specifically designed for boating use.
- Secure it – Boats should be covered and secured as completely as possible.
- Store it – Remove all equipment from your boat and store it in a secure area
- Insure it – Insurance is an important part of any theft protection plan.
- Report it – Immediately report your loss to your local law enforcement agency.
Locks and alarms are a great way to keep people honest by deterring would be thieves with elaborate locks, hitches, or alarms. Despite this, thefts continue to rise, what else can be done to protect oneself?
Additional Security Measures
A GPS tracking system is a great way to keep tabs on your boat while you are away. A carefully hidden tracker will keep you in the know by telling you where your boat is, if it is moving, and how far it has traveled. These notifications are sent directly to you by email or SMS text message to be accessed on your mobile device.
Boat Found and Recovered With the Help of AtlasTrax
AtlasTrax provided a live tracking link for law enforcement to access with times, headings, speeds, latitude and longitudes – every 10 minutes. This was tantamount in assisting in the recovery of a stolen vessel, which had been reported at 8 am by its owner, located in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas.
The owner had been awoken by a series of notifications indicating that his boat was moving. With the help of the US Coast Guard and Bahamian Defense, the vessel was recovered undamaged after 13 hours and 100 miles of travel.