WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–According to BoatUS, the warm summer weather brings an increase in boat
thefts. More than 49,000 boats are stolen every year with a large
percentage being taken away from the property of the boat owner via his
or her own trailer.
Boats that sit atop trailers provide an easy target for thieves who can
hitch a boat to a truck and be on their way in a matter of minutes.
GEICO and BoatUS offer tips to help make your boat less vulnerable to
Don’t make it easy – Thieves are crafty; they look for the
easiest opportunities to steal. If you have a boat and trailer in your
driveway, chain your trailer to a tree or a sturdy post. Remove one or
more tires and safely store them inside your home along with the lug
nuts. Make sure to park your boat and trailer so that the trailer
hitch faces away from the street. If thieves have to work at turning
your boat and trailer around before getting it hooked up, they
probably are going to continue searching for an easier target
Park your boat and trailer in a garage – If you are not
using your boat and trailer for an extended period of time or if you
are going to be away, store it inside a garage. A small outboard is
also much safer in your garage than hanging on your boat’s transom.
It’s difficult to steal boat parts that aren’t readily accessible.
Get an anti-theft device – There are a variety of anti-theft
devices on the market designed specifically to protect boat trailers.
One popular device is similar to a boot that is used to lock the tire
of an illegally parked car. This device can be attached to the trailer
wheel in the same fashion. There are also locks available that
prohibit a trailer from hooking up and being towed away by another
vehicle. Often times, thieves will pass up a boat that appears to be
Invest in a GPS tracking device – Designed originally to track
cars, GPS tracking devices are available for trailer-able boats so
they can be located once the trailer is reported stolen to police.
Remove any personal items – Remove and secure any
personal papers or ownership documents from the boat. Take photographs
of the boat on the trailer. If you have a spare tire on the trailer,
remove that as well. Thieves have been known to settle for smaller
parts if they can’t get a hold of the entire package. Remember to
remove the license plate from the trailer when it’s not in use and do
not leave keys to the boat onboard.
For more information on boat insurance, visit https://www.geico.com/boat-insurance/.