Smooth Sailing How To Keep Your Boat Safe And Secure.
Smooth Sailing: How to Keep Your Boat Safeand SecureJun 10, 2011 | 2:03 PM ET | By Sue Marquette Poremba, SecurityNewsDaily ContributorSHARECredit: WikipediaIts boating season across the country, from Cape Cod to Coronado. But after your day on thewater is finished — and youre hot, sunburned, tired and ready to hit a cool shower —– its easyto assume that as long as your boat is tied to the dock, it’ll be safe and secure until you get back.Secure Single Sign Onto all your Cloud & On-premise Apps for Win, OsX and Linux. TryNowwww.passwordbank.comAds by GoogleThat’s a mistake that could leave your boat drifting out to sea without a paddle.Boat and yacht owners often have a false sense of security and think that a crime cannot happento them, said Philip Farina, security expert with Farina and Associates, Ltd. of San Antonio,Texas."Its important to realize that boat owners are exposed to various levels of man-made and naturalrisk," Farina said. "This may include fire, weather, theft and robbery, violent crime and ofcourse, the terrorism element, to name a few.
"An event against just one boat owner has been shown to send catastrophic ripple effectsthroughout local, regional and international boating communities," he added.[Lock Down Your Life: How to Secure Your Home, Auto and Smartphone]Marinas have differing levels of security, ranging from open access to 24-hour armed guards.But even if security is high, you cant depend on someone else to watch your boat all the time.Don Weiss, with Maritime Vital Asset Protection LLC of Riverview, Fla., said that its helpful tothink of providing security for your boat in the same way you would for your home."You are ultimately responsible for your vessel," Weiss said. "Make friends with your neighborsand slipmates. Know the area where you keep the vessel, and keep up to date on crime trends inthe area."You can also help improve the safety for everyone at the marina, Weiss added, which can helpdeter criminals from taking your (or a neighboring) boat off for a private three-day cruise."Keep an eye out for each other," he said. "Boaters tend to be sociable, and thieves tend to wantto be left alone and unchallenged. If you see someone who doesnt appear to belong, say hi andask them how they are, or if you prefer not to approach them, ask or phone marina staff aboutyour concerns."One step to take before ever docking your boat is to make sure a marina has adequate securitymeasures, such as controlled access to the piers, security cameras and good lighting.Once you dock, Farina suggests putting up old-fashioned signs, such as "Trespassers will beprosecuted," to keep people from hopping on your boat uninvited. Make sure the signs are inboth English and Spanish.Not all of us can hang "Gone Fishing" signs on our office doors every day, so most boats situnattended throughout the work week.But the longer the boat is left unattended, the more susceptible it becomes to burglary and theft.According to the Boat Owners Association of the United States (Boat U.S.), the most commonitems stolen from boats include electronics, outboard motors and outdrives (another kind ofmarine engine).Farina suggested installing the following anti-theft features to protect your boat and items stowedon board:— Security film: A high-quality security film can be applied to all the windows on your boat,strengthening them against impact. These not only can bar or delay intruders, but can also aid inpreventing damage from weather and keeping your vessel cooler.
— Lighting: Install proper lighting on the exterior of your boat. Motion-activated floodlightscost little yet have huge benefits. Inside the boat, place low-cost timers on lamps and programthem to give the appearance that someone is aboard. Put timers on the television or stereo aswell.— Access control: It’s a good idea to have your boats doors and locks re-keyed every two tothree years. Ensure that you have a deadbolt or other high-security latch on all doors leading tothe exterior. Window locks should be functioning properly. Sliding-glass doors should have alock installed in addition to the already existing latch.— Alarm system: Installing an alarm system is also wise. If you choose to not go with one thatis monitored by an outside company, there are other alternatives. These can be inexpensive andare typically placed on windows or doors and emit a loud alarm when they are opened.— Safe: If you must keep valuables on board, consider installing a hotel-grade safe to hold them.Theyre inexpensive, come in many sizes and are easy to install. Otherwise, place your valuablesin hidden areas of your boat. That doesnt mean under the bed in your master cabin; thats wherethieves typically look first. Instead, try underneath the kitchen sink, inside a pantry or cleaningsupplies closet, or a pets area.— Signage: Simple signs that mention the words trespassing, crime, prosecuted, surveillance orCCTV are cheap but effective deterrents to those who might consider stealing from you.— Technology: New, inexpensive surveillance systems that allow you to monitor your vesselround the clock are in use by many boat owners. You can access the feed from your laptop oreven your cellphone.