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Preventing your dinghy and outboard from being stolen
Yachtsmen tend to have good, and often new, equipment and look after it. In the case of tenders and outboards this unfortunately tends to make them prime targets for theft, to which they are very vulnerable.
Preventing mischievous youngsters untying vessel's alongside town piers
In busy town piers, that are open to the public, you can occasionally get mischievous youngsters who see a vessel's belayed shorelines as just too much temptation. A strange mischievous nature can possess them to untie the lines and scarper.
A simple trick to help minimising the impact of a robbery
Robberies are rare aboard vessels but they can happen. If you are held up, a lot more than your property could be at risk.
Making equipment labelling simpler to reduce equipment theft
Equipment theft in sailing circles is rare but it happens so it’s best to minimise the likelihood. A good way to reduce it is to clearly label equipment that is likely to be stolen with the yachts name and small ship's registry number, or your name and telephone number. Thieves don’t want to risk possessing anything easily identifiable, or that would be difficult to dispose of. These details will also assist the police tracing stolen merchandise and getting it back to the rightful owner - see reducing boating related theft .
Statistically, most people worry about being a victim of crime than will ever experience it. Women worry most, being justifiably concerned that they cannot fend off a young assailant. However, in reality, it is young men living in areas of social deprivation that are most likely to be victims of violent crimes. Young men aged between 16 and 24 have the highest risk of being a victim of any crime, and they are over twice as likely to be a victim of violent crime as women of the same age. Women are however five times more likely to suffer sexual assault. In sailing circles, the chances of violent crime are vastly diminished but it can never be ruled out. Because it only takes the convergence of three things for a violent or aggressive incident to happen: a victim, a criminal and an opportunity.
Reducing boating related theft
Theft of seagoing vessels and their equipment is thankfully rare, but it does happen. According to a study of BoatUS Marine Insurance claims about, 10 out of every 1,000 personal watercrafts are stolen, 2 out of every 1,000 runabouts, 8 per 1,000 cruisers (with cabins), 3 per 10,000 trawlers and 2.5 per 10,000 sailboats. But this does not touch on equipment theft which is much more common and on the rise.