Wireless Security Systems
An alarm system may initially seem like a big investment, but if you aren’t in secure mooring
s and/or away from your boat for long periods of time, this investment can be worth every penny. As with houses, an alarm is an effective deterrent to a have-a-go burglar and it is widely quoted that houses with security systems are three times less likely to be burgled than one without a security system.
A typical wireless system may have a number of devices such as vibration sensors, pressure pads, passive infrared (PIR) beams, door contact switches that are triggered whenever someone enters the boat. The system is generally armed/disarmed using a key fob or key pad panel. Signals pass from the sensors to a control unit, and like domestic systems, they will have features such as entry/exit delay timers and tamper protection. If you have pets on-board another useful feature is to be able to eliminate detection at ground level, but have the alarm activated at waist level. The control panel will work from the boats 12v battery system.
How the system activates depends on the model; some will emit a siren and/or a strobe light. A siren can be a deterrent to the thief in itself even if there are no other boaters in close proximity. Vibration sensors are good as they will detect if someone tries their luck by kicking the door but not breaking it down.