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Boat and marina security

After spending time and money on your boat, the last thing you want is to become a victim of crime. Thieves are attracted to all kinds of items found in marinas and harbours, but taking steps to keep your boat secure will help protect it.

  • Before you go ashore, place all valuables out of sight in a strong, padlocked locker
  • Don’t leave anything loose in the cockpit or on deck – thieves steal first and think about value later
  • Fit an alarm and use visible markings such as window stickers to advertise its use
  • Always keep your boat locked when no-one is on board, even for a short time
  • Don’t leave your engine key in the ignition - always take it with you
  • Keep your boat keys separate from your engine keys
  • Make sure your life raft and outboard motor are secure. If you leave things unlocked and a theft occurs, your insurance may not pay out
  • Use strong padlocks or rimlocks on all your hatches, entry points and cockpit lockers
  • Keep unused ropes, fenders and other items out of sight in your cockpit lockers and cupboards – and always lock them
  • Mark everything you buy for your boat with your home postcode
  • Be a good neighbour – get to know other owners in your marina and keep an eye on other boats
  • Report any strangers to the harbour master or yard master, and don’t let anyone you don’t know in, however genuine they may seem

To speak to our crime prevention team about protecting your property email crimeprevention@northants.pnn.police.uk

Download a leaflet with more detailed advice on protecting your boat below.

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