Weekend on the river – don’t let a stolen boat make waves...
Beautiful weekend, folks – if a little chilly. And if you’re out and about in your boat this weekend - whether you’re on the Hawkesbury River or some other stretch of local water (or even if your boat is parked up somewhere) - remember it’s more likely to be stolen than someone breaking into your home.
Yes, we know, it’s not what you want to hear on such a nice fresh day out there, but the fact is, a thief can just tow your boat away, so now’s a good time to have a think about how you can stop that happening.
There are several things that can be done to reduce the risk of vessel theft. Here’s a useful list from our friends at Hawkesbury Police which you can read while waiting for the fish to bite.
Security devices installed on boats should be resistant to water, salt and humidity.
Locks - marine dealers carry special exterior hatch locks. When fastened with a quality padlock, these improve security.
Windows - locksmiths carry a variety of special, small locks and fasteners, which can be used to increase the security of all types of windows. For sliding windows, place a length of doweling in the track to prevent the window from being forced open.
If your boat is kept in the water, use a marina with fulltime security and/or good lighting.
If you are leaving your boat for long periods of time, ensure someone else is able to check your boat regularly.
Boat and trailer is the most frequent target of marine theft.
Stealing a boat is much easier if a thief can hitch up to your boat and trailer and drive away.
Store your trailer in a locked garage, secured boat storage facility, or mini‑storage stall.
If the trailer is stored at home, put it in the back or side yard out of sight.
Store it with the trailer tongue not easily accessible.
If storing in an open driveway or carport, park another vehicle or place another large object in front of the trailer. Consider removing one trailer wheel.
Secure the trailer to an anchored object with a good quality chain and lock.
Purchase a good quality trailer hitch lock and use it – even if stored inside.
And finally, enjoy your weekend on the water, and if you get any great pics out there, send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pop them up on the website and give you a picture credit.