Originally Posted by rwidman
1) I've never seen a used needle disposal bin in a public restroom.
2) I had a crab net stolen off the back of my boat at the Hampton (VA) public dock. There's a sign saying only registered boaters but local kids were roaming the docks crabbing. I didn't make a Federal case of an $8 crab net but it could have been something more valuable.
Crime is where you find it and security gates are only as good as the last person who went trough and left it open.
When I was a teenager, I once had a Bible stolen out of my car when parked in the church parking lot for church service. I figured someone really needed it. I also once had three bags of trash stolen out of a convertible while it was parked at the marina. Saved me the trip to the dumpster.
Certainly some places have higher risk than others, but there is no spot without risk. And once you protect the marina against land traffic, you still have access by thieves from the water. For a boat in which one is cruising regularly outside their home area and known area, I do believe in locking up well, believe in a security system and believe in insurance. At the local marinas we visit, we feel less threat as there are dock hands who would see any unusual activity.