Out of all the posts I could have chosen to respond to, I chose this one. I couldn't help myself, some of the quotes, responses, and pics have been hilarious. "cat_man_do" that pic is a pvc-pipe work of art! I could just see a spotlight rigged to the top and a small motor
that allowed it to randomly rotate to all entrances on the boat -port, starboard, aft - just keep em guessing!
I just registered on the site today. I will do a formal intro when I do my first "post" instead of my first response.
Just wanted to make one small point that seems to be vastly overlooked.
The Question Posted was: Security
, What would you do?
IMO I think the first thing to do is determine what is absolutely without question the most important thing to you, in which you would place the most security
For me that's simple. It's my wife and daughter. It's not the dinghy
, or the boat that I dream about owning in my near future. Once that is clear (a personal choice that each and every one of us should make in order to answer this question/post accurately) solutions are really quite simple.
The second thing when addressing security is realizing that no matter how much you plan, the general rule
of thumb is that most security is designed as a deterrent and it is NOT absolute or without weaknesses. You eliminate the weaknesses to the level that you are comfortable.
Most common petty theft occurs when you are NOT there. Criminals want the path of least resistance. If there are other "options" around with lesser resistance, that's the one they will hit. So, locking things up and not leaving access wide open would be an intelligent deterrent for anyone to take.
Moving on. Overnight Security while onboard. Leaving some lighting
on around access points OR having trip points to suddenly shower
the area in retina burning glow are all legitimate steps, but first things first. ALL access points should be locked and all members onboard should also know emergency
exits through all ventilation hatches if available. (This is for security of all types) The third deterrent I would recommend would be "visual contact". Small wireless cameras (Manufacture Hidden Camera, export home Spy Cams, trade wireless Security Cameras,wholesale wireless Surveillance Cameras
) can be mounted internally at all access points, motion detectors trigger the system which takes your laptop
out of sleep mode and displays each access point. This third step/deterrent is important if gives you the advantage. You know their numbers, where they are attempting access and gives you the precious time you need to make some decisions. All of which are deterrents.
- manually sound any alarms/air horns you have -
- use the vhf radio
- either hide your loved ones (something else that should be practiced/drilled - I will post about these sort of exercises later and why they are important) or if experienced, arm them
- use the escape/ventilation hatch
if practical to leave the boat (if not, continue..)
Now we move to the last step from a deterrent approach. If you have turned on the floodlights, and sounded alarms, and there are boats nearby you have probably succeeded in getting them to leave. (Monitor the video feed)
If not (and leaving the boat was not practical) you have locked your dinghy
up, you have locked access points, alarms are blaring, and you almost have to have a welding helmet on to handle the glare from all the lights....and yet they keep coming.
The last deterrent is to present yourself in the most optimal position to confront your "attackers"....and here is where I will stop the input. At this point you have to make a decision about those you need to provide security for. I can only share with you that my choice would be based entirely on what the "intruders" do next.
Thanks for listening. This post isn't intended as a you must do this...instead, it was intended as how I would approach security and protecting what's important to me. Practical levels of deterrence for the monetary stuff - Ultimate levels of deterrence for the ones who can't be replaced.
And on that note: those of you with sailboats, and dogs
.....(remember I am a newbie, and I am here to learn) uhhhh, where do they go to the bathroom?