Mooring your boat - security considerations

Where you moor your boat is the single biggest factor in determining its vulnerability to marine crime. Thieves like to minimise the risk and hard work, so they are likely to favour small, open marinas or bankside moorings.

The larger the marina, the more staff it is likely to employ, and the greater security measures in force. Nevertheless, thieves will still target such marinas due to the large quantity of boats there, so it’s still important to ensure your boat has its own security measures in place.

In many of the popular sailing and motor boating areas of the country, boat owners have set up Boatwatch organisations, similar to the community based Neighbourhood Watch. These are usually set up in co-operation with the local police, so to find out if there is one operating in your area get in touch with your local Crime Prevention Officer or Marine Police Unit.


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