The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) collected statistics on stolen boats. In 2017, 4,864 watercraft were stolen, according to the NICB. This represents a five percent decrease over watercraft thefts in 2016 but remains a much higher number than any boat or watercraft owners likes to hear. The top three counties and cities for watercraft thefts all happen to be in Florida, according to the crime bureau report.

Most Common Types of Watercraft Targeted for Theft

There are many different types of watercraft available to consumers today. Some present more attractive targets for thieves, like these types of watercraft which are the most frequently targeted by thieves.

  • Personal watercraft. Otherwise known as jet skis, these craft accounted for 1,180 thefts with a recovery rate of 27 percent meaning that only 321 of them were recovered.
  • These fun boats accounted for 618 thefts but offer more favorable recovery rates with nearly 43 percent, or 268 of them being recovered after their thefts.
  • Utility boats. Accounting for 285 thefts in 2017 and 109 recoveries, representing a recovery rate of only 38 percent.
  • 185 of the boats stolen in 2017 were cruisers. These boats though, offer a more favorable recovery rate than many others with 56 percent of them, or 103 of the stolen cruisers recovered.

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GPS-tagged seabirds called razorbills were used in a recent study to track the Irish Sea’s currents. A team of biologists compared the resting bird’s movements on the water surface with a mathematical model laying out the currents. They found the birds offered them good information on the direction and speed of the water flow.

The researchers believe similar research using data they received from the resting seabirds can help locate locations for harvesting renewable tidal energy.

The seabird’s GPS tracking data could help the researchers get closer to being able to harness the energy in the shifting tides.

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GPS tracking can be confusing for those seeking to test the waters. Whether you’re a business or individual, the Flash Trac is one of three LiveViewGPS matrix platforms offered by LiveViewGPS. This one rings in at the lowest price point while still offering an impressive selection of features.

What Is the LiveViewGPS Flash Trac Platform?

Business and individuals seeking affordable GPS tracking solutions will find a lot to love about the LiveViewGPS Flash Trac Platform. This platform offers the convenience of month-to-month service, meaning no contracts required, for a flat-rate unlimited usage tracking system.

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