Boat Theft and Protection Florida

Boat Theft and Protection

Did you know there are over one million registered boats in the state of Florida? That sure leaves a lot of choice for would be thieves…and an unsettling feeling for those of us who have worked hard to secure our own piece of Florida's best known hobby- boating. The truth is, boat theft and protection is a pretty serious topic in Florida and other states as well. From small outboard fishing boats to mega yachts, theft is on the rise and it's up to you to take the necessary steps to protect your investment and your gear.

Get Proactive
There's no reason to think you're immune to theft, particularly if your boat is fast or if your electronics are in high demand. Luckily, you can take proactive steps to protect your boat by using visual deterrents. For instance, transom, prop, trailer or wheel locks make a pretty clear statement to a would be thief- this one might be a tough call. You can also secure windows and hatches with exterior locks, or a piece of doweling in the track to prevent opening. Taking it a step further, you always have the option of investing in high tech anti-theft devices like GPS tracking, which will find your vessel if it goes missing. You can even use Google Earth to track your boat as it travels in real time.

Use Common Sense
You'd be surprised at how many boat owners fail to use common sense by taking the easiest steps to prevent theft. Make certain to remove your electronics, fishing tackle and other valuables when you're not on your boat. How about marking your gear with your social security number and state abbreviation? This information is valuable asset for recovering your property.

In addition to gear, your boat, trailer and all your electronics should be marked with your unique hull number. In the event your property ends up in someone else's hands, it's a much quicker recovery if identification is accessible. Technology (laser etching) makes the marking undetectable to the naked eye but still recognizable even after being stripped.

Remember, thieves don't like to be seen. If given the choice, store your boat where it's highly visible as most thieves are less likely to attempt to steal from well lit, security enhanced marinas. And always take pictures of your vessel with all the electronics visible and record your inventory.

Maintain Dependable, Quality Boat Insurance
Finally, after taking all the necessary steps you can to prevent theft, always consider marine insurance. When you invest your time, energy and money into your boat, it just makes sense to insure it properly. In Florida, whether you live in Miami, Fort Lauderdale or Coral Gables, marine insurance is a wise decision. From coast to coast, boat insurance is available everywhere and gives you peace of mind in knowing your investment is safe and secure. Remember, all insurance companies are a bit different. For quality, dependable boat insurance from West Palm Beach to Jacksonville, trust the professionals at B.I.A. & Company to get you the coverage you need at a price you can afford.

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