Narrow Boat Security
If you own a
narrow boat or are in the process of buying a narrow boat, you are going to
need to know how to keep your boat secure and safe from potential burglars.
article we will look at how you as an owner can protect your vessel. This will
require some time and money, but knowing that your boat is secure when you are
not on board will give you peace of mind when you are away from the boat.
important to make sure you have insurance in place, just in case the worst
should happen. This will not make the situation of a break in any easier to
deal with, but it will help financially should you need to replace items and
many insurance companies that specialise just in narrow boat insurance; we
would recommend contacting these companies for a quote.
points of the boat such as the hatch, windows and doors are the weak spots of your
boat. You need to make sure these areas are as secure as they can be. This will
make it harder for potential criminals to get into your vessel.
doors should be made from strong solid timber or should have steel skins if you
feel they need extra strength.
interior shutters will add additional security at the windows and also provide
privacy and help retain the heat in the boat.
good quality cylinder padlocks and window locks.
hatches and doors with heavy duty internal hasps.
GPS trackers, security lights and immobilisers are all products that can be
bought to deter someone from breaking into your boat. The cost and the sophistication
of each gadget varies so depending on your budget and how worried you are about
security, this will determine which products you opt for and how much you
trackers automatically inform you and the police if your boat moves for any
immobilisers are a main theft deterrent as they physically prevent the boats engine
from being started.
wireless DIY boat alarm is very easy fit and will stop burglars from stealing
your boat and its possessions.
might be prudent to consider a small IP CCTV camera system to capture images of
PIR activated security lighting. Sensor lights will help deter someone from proceeding
any further once detected on the lights sensor field.
advisable to use chains when mooring in urban areas; this is a necessity as
some think it is a rather good prank to cast off your boat! If you are unable
to use a chain then try using heavy duty nylon cable ties around the loose ends
of the rope to make it just that little bit harder to untie the mooring knot.
Try to not
leave valuables on the roof; having ones possessions “lifted” from the roof is
not uncommon. Try and secure these items for example use a chain and lock for
your bikes, keep fishing tackle, and other moveable items in lockable roof
lockable filler cap on your fuel tap. Whether it’s a few pounds or a hundred
pounds worth of fuel, it’s yours don’t leave it exposed for the taking.
up try and keep your curtains, blinds or shutters closed on the towpath side
this will stop anyone from looking in and casing your boat.
If you don’t
live on your boat full time then it is advisable to take very valuable items
home with you. If you do live on board then just try and keep these items out
of sight when you are not around.
don’t moor where you don’t feel safe! Marinas offer moorings - some with high
levels of security. When staying at a
marina ask about what security they have in place.