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Narrowboat security

If you own a narrow boat, knowing it’s secure when you’re not on board will give you peace of mind. Use these tips to protect your narrowboat:

  • Doors should be made from strong solid timber. Steel skins give extra strength
  • Wooden interior shutters boost window security and also provide privacy and help retain the heat in the boat
  • Secure hatches and doors with heavy duty internal hasps
  • Window guards and bars across entrance doors offer heavy duty security if desired
  • Use cylinder padlocks, such as high security van types, which are harder to casually pick than conventional keyed padlocks
  • Car alarms are based on the same 12VDC operation as the majority of narrowboats. A good quality alarm system, advertised with signs and window stickers, will help deter casual thieves. Top units will alert you to any security breach
  • GPS trackers are also a deterrent. The most sophisticated units can automatically inform you and the police if your boat moves for any reason
  • Disable your engine whenever you are ashore
  • Chain your boat to an appropriate mooring when in urban or busy areas to prevent it being cast off deliberately
  • If it's not possible to use chain or steel rope and a padlock, try heavy-duty nylon cable ties. Used close to bollards and T-studs to clamp ropes together, these ties can be very effective at preventing casual casting off
  • Fit CCTV and passive infrared (PIR) movement-activated security lighting
  • Foil would-be fuel thieves by using a locking fuel tap or a tank alarm
  • Don't leave valuable kit on the roof. Thieves rarely break in for it; it's often 'lifted' from the roof or deck
  • Chain up bicycles. Just because they are on your roof or deck does not make them impossible to steal
  • Ensure you have specialist narrowboat insurance in place. This won’t make a break-in any easier to deal with, but will help financially should you need to replace items and repair damage

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

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