How to prevent boat thieft

Recreational boats are popular targets for theft, but you can take simple steps to deter thieves. Just one in 10 stolen boats is recovered nation-wide, according to the National Association of Marine Investigators. Some steps to secure your boat include:

- Don't make your boat an easy target. Use theft-warning decals, locks and alarms. Anti-theft devices aren't fool-proof, but they can make boat burglary harder and buy time a crook can't spare.

- Remove valuable items, especially electronics like depth finders, if you plan to be away from the boat for a while.

- If you leave the boat on a trailer, use a wheel lock. If it will be stationary for a long time, remove one of the trailer wheels.

Source: Arkansas Game & Fish Commission.


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