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theft, pirates, anyone?
OK, as a newbie, first thing is lighten up. The things you seem concerned about are either extremely remote or, at worst, no more likely to happen to your boat than to your home.
Most marinas have decent security - gates, locks, cameras, burglar alarms, etc. Your boat should have a lock on the companionway as well. Remove your winch handles or store them below to make sailing your boat away more difficult. Ditto with snatch blocks and sheets. Besides, most thieves are powerboaters who couldn''t even get a sailboat away from the dock.
If you''re thinking of putting your boat in the charter business first check with your insurance company and next do it through a reputable firm like The Moorings, Sunsail, etc.
Yes, pirates are real but rare. Non-commercial vessels have less to fear, but caution in certain parts of the world is always advisable. Firearms are a personal choice. I would no more carry a gun aboard than have one in my home (though a brass 4 pounder might be nice).
As far as who you can count on for assistance - your fellow sailors to a limited extent, but really just yourself. But most of all, don''t let your fears keep you from doing what you love.