Great Lakes Angler Blog

Thieves Want YOUR Boat

Monday, October 31, 2016
Share |

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Is your boat shorter than 26 feet? Does it have an outboard motor and rest on a trailer? If you said yes, beware,   you’re a big target for theft. A newly released study that looked at five years of BoatUS Marine Insurance claims files shows that 75 percent of all boats stolen matched this description. With the long winter lay-up period nearing, BoatUS has five tips to make your boat harder to steal.

1. Just one lock? Try another, and another. You simply can’t have enough. The goal is to make your boat a huge hassle to steal. The more locks a thief sees—on the trailer tongue, outboard engine, or used with chain around the trailer wheels—the more likely that he’ll move on.

2. Don’t leave the key on a stored boat. Never assume your key’s hiding place is so good that thieves won’t find it. Remember, that’s what these dirtbags do for a living.

3. Make the trailer impossible to move. Removable tongue hitches are terrific theft deterrents Better yet, remove the trailer tires if the boat’s going into long-term storage. Without tires, your rig is a 1-ton dead weight. The little things can help, too: Don't park your boat in the driveway with the hitch facing the street. Use removable trailer lights—thieves working the nightshift want to avoid attracting attention, and an unlit trailer can attract plenty.

4. Don’t stick out. You may want to think twice about hanging a “for sale” sign on the side of your boat. Use a full winter cover to hide attention-getting, splashy graphics. Store all valuables, electronics and paperwork at home during the off-season.

5. Check out new anti-theft technologies. Devices that send alerts to your cell phone, take photos/video, provide tracking, or kill the motor if your boat moves from its virtual boundary can stop a theft in its tracks.\

The prevention is worth the time and effort. Once a boat is gone, the BoatUS study finds that only one in 10 vessels are ever recovered.

To see a series of boat theft topics including the BoatUS Marine Insurance Theft Study, more on theft prevention, and a look at the newest boat theft-prevention systems, go to BoatUS.com/Boat-Thefts.





Recent Posts



Tags

Aquatic AV Delorme Rapala OHIO Size limits Boats Insect repellent Walleye Ryan Kleckner USO BoatUS Angler Coleman National Guard Bait Holder Frabill LCWCC Owners tournament Insurance Crankbait Net Shelter Global Spectrum Bass lure Hamlin Beckson Marine Deck Plate Shoremaster Invasive species Alabama Rig toilet Glacier Glove DuraSafe South Haven, Michigan Telescoping JIggler Long Rod CMP Global Bass spreader light boat rental Grady-White Honda great lakes Shurhold Marine Speakers Green Bay Deck Plate Bait Rigs Ranger VS1780 Oakley Sunglasses RedHead METS Ditty bag Lead Catfish WFN Air show Michigan DNR Swedish FireKnife Blue Collar Outdoors dock lines Northland Kindle book Onyx Whistler Spoon USCGA Yamaha High school bass fishing theft Mack's Lures ChartSelect Serious Shine LineGrabber Tip-Up Beckson Marine John E. Phillips Wind Power Fort Wayne, Indiana Costa Sunglasses Tools Homeport Marine Marketing Rippin' Lips Hobie Boat lifts Magnum Flow-Troll Earth Day Evolve Dave Genz Torpedo Divers Optima PFDs Dave Mull BASSMASTER CLASSIC Wounded Warriors Lake Michigan Ascend Tim Popfinger Kill switch Boating Iaconelli Church Tackle Martin-Flory Blue Heron Communications yachtpaint.com Berkley Vick MATE USA Todd Sokolow Macho Minnow Baitcast Fishing Pole BBQ Lighter Bethel University Pro Polish DSC Tides Reef Runner spoon Matt Straw Extended Warranty Safe boating Brian Brosdahl ATV spinning rod Rushton Gregory Indiana DNR Promise Keeper Video News Technology Steve Wood Smart Guide to Freshwater Fishing Okuma Bristol Bay Salmon Seakeeper gyro Trade Shows jigs KVD Speedbag Wormfile ASA Kayaks GPS for Lightning Connector tackle storage Power Kevin VanDam Rig'N Tails WileyX Mosquito repellent Tournaments Bro Brosdahl Coast Guard Ranger Traditions Media Multitools FLW Gear Line ONIX exotic species Corey Schmidt Ravenswood Media ODNR Bibs marlin Yamaha ATV treestand injury Angler LineSnubber Izaak Walton League Sharpeners Boat maintenance ABT Shock Wave Bristol Bay Weather Buoy Fishing Clubs sunglass Grunden's Scott Glorvigen Marcum Bait head Andrew Semprevivo News/Social Conservation Foul weather gear YUM Dinger On board ice fishing, Bro Show, Traditions Media Speakers Storage YUMphibian Boat US Cliff Pace Bob Schmidt Tyee BoatUS Wild River series Radio KVD Beckson Marine Stowaway Bag Plates and Kits Fishing Jeff Wenzel Alaskan Mazurek LakeMaster Western States Version Rippin Lips Rugged Shark STRATTEC CUSTOM JIGS 'N' SPINS cruzin Brite Wash Headgear Ultimate Flannel Shirts Clam Contaminants South Haven Personal Flotation Devices One-Handle-Does-It-All System eZSplice hardbaits MULL BLOG Marsh Madness Beckson Gene Larew Dan Egan Ethanol splice Green Bay, Wisconsin Water Buddies Mike Seymour Gunnison, CO PLB Topwater Lock inReach Muskie Lure Ditch MWC Aqualuma Chatterbait Walleye tournament Ice Features Chicago barrier Kevin Van Dam Minn Kota Endura thieves JBL Lights Legend Extreme Tight Lines Jewelry Angler 175T The Harry Lure Humminbird exotic invader Muscle Squared 65 Knife sharpening Hunting Cannon EZ Dock Z-Man Pop-Up LED Bowlights Salmon Fiberglass boat Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs BOLT Padlock Simrad Fish America Foundation MUSHING Gull Lake Marine Sunstream Boat Lifts Quantum KVD Speedbag Ryan Wilson Swanson-Russell Lake Assault Innovative Outdoors Marine Lighting Slender Spoon Home Port Marine Marketing Electronics Swim Whizz Wildlife Forever Dollohan Dunkirk, NY Rescue Legend Gold Whale Pumps Sportsman's rights Titan Chain Husky Jerk River Fishing Interlux Absolute Outdoor, Inc. Tournament CLASSIC Records Stabenow Mag Light Lake of the Woods Nautical bimini top SeaLife Cameras Lake Huron Scholarship Bass Pro Shops Gift Card Rough Weather Dogs binoculars Catch & Cook Bass Pro Fishouflage New York EVOLVE FISHING CO Barry Brown Marine Gravity Manistee Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo Faria InvisaSnap Ned Rig Balog 1675 Pro Guide jeffstackleshop.com SeaEra QC Aluminum Deep V Series SOG Downriggers Team Aqua-Vu Fish Hawk XD4 Jeff Gustafson Games Launch ramp F-Series Storm Gear Bug repellent St. Croix www.bigweeniebrand.com Fiberglass tiller Davis Instruments Slide Moor AKOYA Rovermax LR 100 University of Buffalo Brad's Autotether Traxstech Frigibar USCG Grab Rail Costa Del Mar Minnesota IGFA Hevi-Beads tree stand injury Monel Metal Accessories Mercury Marine Thermacell Knives Asian carp La Mar Odd'ball Fin Spin Tommy Skarlis weather Michigan City, Indiana Brown trout Aqua Vu Scott Martin Dollahon Full Throttle JVD New Zealand Boat names Dave Mull Blog Streams Footwear Tom Neustrom Jack Links award Big Bear Products Glorvigen Prosepec Electronics Spreads Side Thruster Gary Giudice U.S.S.A. Coleman cooler Evinrude Side Imaging redfish USSA ABT X-2 Countdown Micro-Mobile Pro Viewing Case New Lures Apps Andrew Dordek Bug bite relief TRAC Hobie Pro Angler Buff 360 Plano Synergy NAIFC Championship Lake Ontario Orca Fin System Swim bait Goby Mark Zona radar Fuel Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Larson Electronics Airmar Sheldon's Strike King Keep Kool Lip-Stix Bass Pro Shops Smart Guide Publications Gill NA Marine NewsWire iPhone Wake Fishing Rubrail The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls iPilot Up Stream Hydration Back Pack PRADCO Marine General Grand Rapids Ultimate Outdoors Show EZ BoatPort Black Earth Creek Youth Kurt Mazurek McMurdo Boating safety Triton Boats Navigation Reese Wisconsin Milennia MIL-iDock Skamania Mania Lund Boats Accon Marine Camera mount Line Recycle Bin Raritan Snow-Shoe Tip-Up Boat Covers Sphaera Spencer Yachts Mack's Lure Rain suit Mystery Tackle Box Chargers Lures iPilot Link Conservation Marathon Custom Jigs & Spins Soo Locks RAT FINKEE Cabela's Bad Elf Bass fishing Skarlis FRIDAY FUNNIES Jeff's Tackle Shop Extreme Baitcast Reel Silver Horde Smartfind S20 Personal AIS Beacon Clay Dyer Plano Audio Kayak LOTSA Forage Minnow Soul5 Tackle Labs EZ Splice Fasteners TRAC Ecological Synergy Outdoors Whale Rain gear Chaco VMC Matt Serbenski B.A.S.S. St. Croix Rods Lake Superior Uncle Norm's Multi-species Sun protection DuraSafe Electronics Lock Practical Sailor Brian "Bro" Brosdahl fitness Louie Stout Ice Fishing Beckson Marine Stowaway Bag Plate Contest Salmon Unlimited of Illinois Mr. Twister Batteries Tackle Bag Northwest Indiana Steelheaders Future Fisherman Foundation Wedding Ring clubs Free Fishing Weekend PulseTech Lake trout Oculus Moisture Muncher Sunglasses Mark Chmura mudsnail Traditions Lake Erie thieves trailer tongue Alaska Plano Tackle Boxes Costa Black Velvet Lund iPad Tournament Grade Circle Hooks Holland Acme Betsy NMEA Shipping Turning Point Props Chronglobal Bass Pro Shops Four-Person Dome Tent with Screen Porch WeatherStation Pharmaceuticals Port of Indiana GPS Speedometer Patrick Hurst Volvo Penta trailer tongue Oshkosh Gary Dollahon Great Lakes Troller 580P lenses Lakemaster Soft Jigwobbler Brandon Newby Normark Mary Snyder Jerky AmVets Bheestie Bag Mustad Deep Sea Diver Trout Unlimited Michigan Ranger Aluminum Deep V Series ShowSpan Personal Flotation Device HELLA Aqua-Vu Rods Olcott, NY Boga Jonathon VanDam Ultracoat Princecraft Flat Slider 75 Masters Walleye Circuit Lowrance Marine Radio Radial Ranger Boats YUM Tracker Marine Walleyes Sport Shows Lighting Army Corp of Engineers Niagara Falls Safety blue marlin BASSMASTER Shoes Venice, Louisiana

Archive