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I've got my boat going on a pile mooring at Tamaki River, Panmure very soon and I'm a bit worried about potential thieves and vandals from the nearby suburbs.

 

I've had a look at the marine retail sites -> security , and there isn't a lot there really (alarms and cameras). I don't have much faith in CCTV - I want to prevent it happening.

 

So, I'm interested in what others have done, and if it has/hasn't worked.

 

I've got a standard perspex forward boat hatch and the standard loose fitting vertical boards and slide over cover to the companionway with two padlocks and hasps, not unlike one found on a garden shed. This setup seems very soft and surely begs some s*** climbing on with a lever bar. 

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I am on piles in the Tamaki and have never had a problem. Seems there are quite a few boats there that have owners staying aboard and that gives some security to surrounding boats. I have arrived on my boat late at times and been challenged by neighbors once a police chopper and several patrol cars turned up when we arrived late on a new to us boat and were using a torch to get ready for bed as the lights were not working. Some boats have flashing lights that may or may not be alarmed. I feel pretty safe there Lots of housing looks over the boats too.

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Police launch turned up a few years back (middle of the night) and shone their spotty on us when on our mooring off little bucks (thought aliens had arrived!) So they were checking boats then and told us there was a "crew" who were making a living breaking into boats up and down the river. Our boat is (was) a little rough looking at the time but we added to that by letting old line hang over the side, covered the companion way with old sail bags and more rope and generally made her look not worth the effort. No break ins. They can look into portlights and go 'window shopping' so make it look a mess, hide any grog! (They were kids looking for alcohol too). Get to know other boaters too and give them your number to ring if they see anything.

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I had a break in last year. Toolbox stolen, and a torch, but the electronics weren't touched. Whoever it was broke the hasp off the hatch cover - probably with a large screwdriver. Not hard to get in if you really want to, and I agree with Puff about more damage if you make it harder.

 

Since than I have put in an alarm siren that will sound if the washboards are lifted. There is a concealed switch in the cockpit to set it. Also a sign to say the boat is alarmed. No trouble since then. No longer leave a full toolbox on the boat either.

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When on the mooring the VB has a full zipped on cockpit enclosure, within that space I have motion activated cameras in the cockpit which are both daylight and infra red image and record, can record a loop of about 5 days and it can also transmit stuff but Im still working in that bit. There is also a beam triggered alarm which sets of a 150 decibel siren which I am reliably told would be quite unpleasant to be hearin

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 I have motion activated cameras in the cockpit which are both daylight and infra red image and record, can record a loop of about 5 days and it can also transmit stuff but Im still working in that bit. There is also a beam triggered alarm which sets of a 150 decibel siren 

 

Heck, sounds like something out of a Jason Bourne movie.

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