Owning a jet ski is a blast, but the last thing you want to deal with is someone trying to snatch it away. Luckily, there’s some good news on that front!
Many jet ski manufacturers have upped their game when it comes to theft prevention by incorporating digital key technology. Plus, in many states, you’re required to register your jet ski, making them less appealing targets for would-be thieves.
But here’s the thing: It’s not always about stealing the whole watercraft. Thieves might have their eyes on your jet ski’s valuable contents, like that fuel tank brimming with gas (and jet skis can hold a lot of it!) or those handy accessories like your fish finder or cooler.
In this post, we’re going to cover some basic yet effective tips to help you better secure not just your jet ski, but also the valuable items that come with it. So, let’s dive in and make sure your watercraft stays safe and sound!
Put A Lock On Your Jet Ski!
Even though many watercraft come with a digital key or some type of security to them, it’s still a good idea to lock it down. They can still roll it away on the trailer or drag it off your dock.
- If you keep your jet ski on a trailer, I suggest a coupler lock (Amazon Link Ad) or chaining the trailer to something large like a tree. Sometimes you just need to be more annoying than the other guy, so removing one of the wheels is a great option for long-term storage over the winter.
- If you store it on a slip in the water, then you can get a cable lock to secure it to the dock or drive-up slip.
I suggest a simple cable lock like this one (Amazon Link Ad) because it will fit most bow hooks on jet skis or the many spots on trailers. It’s simple to use and just effective enough to make thieves look somewhere else.
Keep in mind, it’s not about having the strongest lock, but about being a little more annoying than your neighbor.
Have Insurance On The watercraft And Trailer
If someone really wants your watercraft they’ll find a way and that is why having boat insurance is a good idea.
Most states don’t require insurance, but it’s still a good idea to have it.
I suggest doing a pencil rub of your VIN (HIN) and taking a bunch of pictures of it and the watercraft. This will be super handy and accelerate the process if something does happen to your ski.
Get GPS Or AirTag Trackers
You can buy GPS trackers (Amazon Link Ad).
The bad news is that many of them require a subscription, but well worth it if you ask me. Not only for the times your waverunner is stolen, but if the kids go for a joyride or get lost, you can find them.
Another option is to use an Apple AirTag (Amazon Link Ad). An AirTag is not real time, it relies on other iPhones to update the location, but has no subscription and is super easy to set up. I hide mine in the seat’s foam and another one in the taillight of my trailer. Beyond having to change the battery once a year, they’ve been a “better than nothing” option. It’s just that the GPS trackers are far more accurate.
Keep It Out Of Sight!
You can’t steal what you can’t see, so keeping your watercraft out of sight is a great option.
This can be as simple as keeping a cover on it. Covers often mask what the waverunner is, and with many universal fitting covers, they won’t even know the brand.
If you got the space, you could even put it in a portable shed (Amazon Link Ad), at least during the off-season.
Even an extra-large tarp will work wonderful, especially if it’s a dark-color tarp. Someone walking by may mistake it for a pill of lumber or firewood.
Cameras Can Alert You And Record
Security cameras have improved so much since I’ve started this website that I feel it’s just silly to not have one on your craft at all times.
I know, for many, this sounds impossible because you may not have power where you keep your watercraft. The good news is that there are a lot of solar-powered security cameras, with many of them not requiring a subscription.
Eufy has a solar outdoor security camera (Amazon Link Ad) that I, personally, use. It stays charged, so long as it gets enough sunlight, and the video quality is great. The only negative is that it needs to be within 30 feet of the unit to record movement.
The one I have has it where I can set a time and have an alarm go off to scare anyone away. It just needs to be within the reach of the home Wi-Fi signal.