Protecting your boat from theft is just as important as protecting your car or your home. There are several ways to protect your investment and ensure that your boat remains safe at home. Along with an alarm system, you can also install a kill switch on the engine that prevents it from being started without a certain key or code being entered into the control panel.
Make sure your boat is registered with the state each year. The identification number acts much like a license plate on your car and will help the police track the boat if it is stolen or left unsecured at the dock. When you insure your boat, remember to include detailed photos of the craft as well as a copy of the registration.
Don’t let anyone borrow your boat or tell them where you keep the key. If you have a spare, keep it hidden at your home and not on the boat itself. When you leave the boat, always double check to make sure it is securely attached to the dock. If you are capable of using a lock of some kind, attach it to the moorings and keep the key with you at all times. If the lock uses a code, always reset the dials to "0" once it’s locked and in place.
Shaner Insurance Group, Inc. serves the residents of Tucson, AZ. The insurance agents at Shaner are available to answer any questions you may have about insuring your boat and protecting it from theft or damage. Your insurance agent can offer many more valuable tips to help you protect your boat from theft.