Tips for preventing boat theft

To prevent boat theft, make sure your vessel is equipped with a tracking device.

Your boat is one of your most prized possessions, which means that you're probably perpetually concerned about it getting stolen. Unfortunately, boats are hot commodities with thieves, but the good news is that you're not powerless to prevent these thefts. By following these tips for securing your boat, you'll make it much less likely that someone will steal it, and if they do you'll have a much easier time tracking them down and getting it back.

  • Install a GPS tracking device in your vessel. There are a number of solutions that allow you to follow the movements of your boat so that you can inform law enforcement of its location, as well as its historical route, speed and the duration of stops.
  • Keep a copy of your boat registration, title, license numbers and any other information that can be used to identify your vessel. Share this information with police in the event that it is stolen.
  • Take many photographs of your vessel and any unique identifying markers.
  • Unhook your fuel lines so that your engine can't be started. You may have done this already anyway, as it's a common way of winterizing boats.

If you're concerned about your boat's safety and security, the best thing you can do is make sure it is equipped with high quality marine GPS and electronic components that can send you messages when the vessel has been operated without authorization. At ePal, we carry a wide selection of security accessories that are easy to operate and effective at preventing theft.

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