California and Florida reach the top of the list for the most watercraft stolen in 2013.

Every year, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) releases reports on the most stolen vehicles and watercraft. It has recently released the statistics for watercraft theft, as well as recoveries, in the U.S. in 2013.

The data collected for the report comes from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It included the types of watercraft stolen and their manufacturers.

In 2013, 5,537 watercrafts were stolen, according to those that were reported. This is a six percent drop from 2012, when there were 5,870 watercraft thefts.

Where Watercrafts are Stolen

Florida and California top the list for the most watercraft stolen in 2013, at 1,310 and 628, respectively. Following them was Texas with 382 thefts, Washington with 208 thefts, and Georgia with 182 thefts. The District of Columbia and Hawaii had zero thefts of watercrafts for the year.

When Watercrafts are Stolen

For the U.S. as a whole, there were about 15 thefts every day of watercraft, which translates to 106 every week and 461 a month. July was the busiest month for watercraft thefts, with a total of 691 for that month.

Not surprisingly, spring and summer tend to be more common as this is when the watercraft is used the most. February had the lowest amount of thefts at 260 in his U.S. More thefts occurred on Fridays than any other day of the week, with the least amount stolen on Thursdays.

Types of Watercrafts Stolen

The types of watercraft stolen were identical to the rank they were in 2012. This included jet skis being the most commonly stolen watercraft with 1,215 reported thefts, followed by runabouts, utility watercraft, cruisers, and lastly sailboats. The top manufacturers of watercraft stolen included Yamaha, Bombardier Corporation, Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing, Alumacraft, and Tracker Marine LP.

Deterring Watercraft Theft

Aside from always being safe when operating watercraft, boat owners are encouraged to help protect themselves against theft. The NICB recommends always locking the watercraft when it is docked, regardless of how safe they feel the area is. Any expensive equipment or accessories on the watercraft should be removed when it is not used. There are chain and lock detachable motors that can be removed when not operating the watercraft, which also helps protect against theft. Additionally, they recommend the following tips:

  • Utilize a kill switch for the ignition.
  • Disable it by removing batteries when it isn’t in use.
  • Never leave the registration or title information inside.
  • Use a trailer hitch when it is parked.
  • Use a GPS tracking device.

The NICB has a vehicle theft line at 1-800-TEL-NICB for anyone that notices a boat was stolen, or who had their own watercraft stolen.

Pulling events together takes a lot of people working together to make it happen. Unfortunately, that leaves a lot of moveable parts and personnel to keep up with. GPS tracking systems can help you keep up with where your people and equipment are so you know what’s going on at all times. This vital information can be viewed at any time – either remotely from computer, or on-site via Internet accessible tablet devices and smartphones.

Monitor Equipment Location

While not all of the moving parts are vehicular in nature, GPS tracking, when combined with the power of RFID scanning, can help you monitor the location, movement, and placement of the costly equipment that helps you manage your events.

Of course, there is the added benefit of placing GPS tracking devices on valuable equipment to deter theft and facility fast recovery of expensive equipment. You can even set up text alerts that let you know, instantly, if equipment begins to move when it should not be moving.

Real Time Tracking of Staff and Volunteers

One important role of successful management teams is to ensure that the right people are in the right places at the right times. It makes a world of difference in the success of the event, whether you’re planning the Super Bowl halftime show, the Olympics, or a high school prom because everyone needs to be in the right place at the right time or mistakes occur.

Two-Way Communication

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The benefit of weather notifications has become more widely appreciated in the aftermath of high profile incidents, such as theIndiana state fair collapse in 2011 that resulted in the loss of seven lives and 58 additional injuries. Weather can have a profound impact on the way events shape up. Staying on top of potential weather threats helps you keep your personnel and the event guests safe from dangerous weather conditions.

Notifies You of Safety Problems

GPS tracking on vehicles, such as limos and delivery vehicles, can be set to notify you of reckless driving, high speed driving, and of vehicles veering from their designated routes. This lets you stay on top of the situation to ensure safety and security of your vehicles, their drivers, their passengers, and the cargo they carry.

The bottom line is that using GPS fleet tracking tools for your event management business improves your bottom line and helps you keep your events running smoothly.

Parents gain peace of mind with a GPS tracking device that keeps track of their children while they are in the middle of a busy, crowded place.

Summer vacations, weekends, and evenings out with the family are the perfect opportunity to enjoy adventures with children and spend that all-important quality time together. Unfortunately, many of the fun activities involve being a part of a large crowd where there is the risk of a child wandering off. It is incredibly easy to lose track of a child with crowds that are pushing and moving constantly, and a parent’s worst nightmare if it does occur.

For families that plan to go the beach, attend a ball game, or see a live performance, GPS tracking is here to make these fun events less stressful.


Global positioning systems (GPS) are equipped with tracking features that allow parents to keep track of their child and know immediately if they have left the perimeter — and exactly where they are.

The GPS tracking tool provides alerts that are compatible with smartphones and any device that has internet capability, including iPads and other tablets.

The tracker itself is small and can be placed just about anywhere on the child, including their jacket, pocket, or backpack. The tracking device provides alerts through email or SMS texting.

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