It’s that time again when we have to careful about our property, be it our homes, cars or our boats. It is very easy to forget our basic security precautions like locking doors, securing trailers or locking/disabling our boats.
Recent reports of boats being unhooked from buoys and allowed to drift away in the night have been reported on the main lake. This type of prank/attempted theft can be thwarted by using a thick chain or cable attached to the buoy chain well below the water line. A padlock and can be used to secure the chain to the bow of the boat. With this sort of arrangement there will be no discussion with the insurance company if an incident occurs.
Security also applies to trailers with or without boats on them. Trailers should have their hitches disabled by the use of chains and locks, or chains attached to the frame by passing them through the wheel openings. If boats are left on trailers they should also be secured, but it is much more difficult for thieves to take boats already on trailers without first freeing the trailer.
Another favorite target of thieves is the high priced electronics that are seen more and more in high end boats. It is not difficult for thieves to quietly board a moored boat at night, slip under the covers and silently work on removing key components like amps, tuners, speakers, GPS units and depth /fish finding equipment. The best way to alleviate this problem is to remove portable items from the boat or securely attach items to the frame of the boat. Some boats have secured cabins which also offer some protection.
One last activity that seems to becoming an issue is the theft of fuel from both moored boats and boats on trailers. Thieves have done everything from siphoning gas from moored boats, to drilling holes in fuel tanks from boats on trailers. The easiest way to stop the simple thief is to make sure your boat has a locking gas cap and/or an anti-siphon filler hole. More sophisticated thieves generally need more time to operate, and tend to target situations that are not close to dwellings or under observation. Video monitoring can be useful in catching thieves in remote situations.
If you see anything suspicious, either on the water or onshore, the best action is to phone 911 or one of the RCMP detachments in Chase, Salmon Arm or Sicamous.
Enjoy your summer on the water.