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Boat security

I am concerned that security on my narrowboat is poor. The front and rear doors are wooden; the front ones lock with internal bolts (on one door), with the other door locking to the first with a very small Yale-type lock. The rear doors lock only from inside with small bolts; the hatch is held in place by only one of the internal bolts.
Do you have any advice about improving thinga please?

Asked by: Paul Taylor  | 6.56pm, Friday 18 April

WW says:

The most popular way of increasing security of the front doors is to have a steel bar which fits into brackets welded to the front bulkhead on either side of the doors. The bar is positioned about half way up the doors and is padlocked in place to prevent it being removed and the doors being opened.
Many traditional narrowboats have a means of padlocking the sliding hatch to the top of the rear doors. This usually takes the form of steel tabs which project rearwards and line up, one over the other when the doors and hatch are closed. Holes are drilled in the tabs and a padlock placed through these.
Another way of stopping the hatch being slid forward is to drill a hole in one of the runners just in front of the hatch and insert a padlock.
For all these solutions, it is better to use the type of padlock (usually round in form) that does not allow easy access to the hasp with a hacksaw.
For more thoughts, see the articles 'Stop Thief!' published in WW in March and April 2005. Back numbers are available from WW by phoning 01283 742970.

Graham Booth  | 12.06PM, Saturday 19 April

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