What do I need to do to make sure my boat and its contents are secured against theft?
Boats on trailers
Portable boats not on trailers
Minimum security precautions for your boat when it is not in use:
- Keep it inside a fully enclosed garage allocated for your personal use only; or
- When in the open air (e.g. carport, backyard, on the street or unattended anywhere else) secure the boat trailer with an anti-theft device designed to prevent the theft of your boat and boat trailer, such as:
- tow ball lock
- coupling clamp
- trailer wheel clamp
Note: Chains or cables with padlocks are not satisfactory is used on their own
Must be kept inside a secure storage area
Location of your boat:
When your boat is at the place where you normally keep it (e.g. your house, unit, flat)
When your boat is anywhere else and unattended (e.g. you are away from your boat buying bait or supplies)
Minimum security precautions to prevent theft of your boat contents:
Locked inside either:
- A fully enclosed room, shed or garage; or
A cabin or compartment on your boat, but not under or behind a tarpaulin or canopy as these are easily torn or cut.
All portable boat contents items must be locked inside either:
- A cabin or compartment but not under or behind a tarpaulin or canopy; or
- Your vehicle; or
The house, unit or caravan where you are staying.