Stolen Boats: Good News, Bad News

By Chris Landers
Published: December 2012
Graphic of U.S.Waterfront Thefts and Recovery 2011

Boat thefts went down in 2011, according to the most recent report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), but recovery rates dropped as well, so while fewer boats were stolen, fewer stolen boats were recovered. Personal watercraft were the most commonly stolen (1,219 went missing), followed closely by runabouts (992). The rest lined up mostly according to size, with yachts longer than 40 feet disappearing only eight times (four were recovered). Almost a quarter of stolen boats were taken from Florida — the three cities at the top of the list were Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Marathon — and most thefts occurred during the summer months. For tips on how to keep your boat out of the crime statistics, visit of story marker