Boat Watch Schemes are intended to be community based and operate in a similar way to Neighbourhood Watch and all other schemes.
They should also be supported by a appropriate professional organisations e.g. the Police, Fire Service, HM Coastguard.
Boat Watch is linked locally, to the National Maritime Project Kraken, which delivers enhanced counter terrorism vigilance with the aim of increasing public safety.
Dedicated community co-ordinators in each boat watch area will have a direct link to a police neighbourhood with the expectation that they become a member of the Police Volunteer Programme (PVP) which will all together facilitate the dissemination and collection of information about crime, anti-social and suspicious behaviour in a local area that will contribute to reducing crime and improving the quality of life in that area.
The security of your boat is important and your own responsibility, whether you are paying for the service or rely on what you can do for yourself.
As well as your boat thieves are attracted to all the accessories you will have onboard e.g. radio, fish finder, sports equipment, life raft, inflatable, propeller etc.
The most expensive item is probably the boat which in itself could be stolen or damaged when thieves attempt or achieve theft.
You will have likely spent a considerable amount of money buying your boat and on the equipment to get it how you want it. Thieves don’t care and will steal if the opportunity presents itself
Reduce the opportunity and reduce the likelihood of being a victim of crime by considering the following top ten tips:
- Keep your boat secure and remove items that can be removed, or secure them also.
- Marking your possessions and displaying the fact that you have taken such action will deter thieves. Take a look at our crime reduction information on our web site – devon-cornwall.police.uk
- Prepare and record a list of all identification numbers. Did you know you can record such information for free on immobilise.co.uk
- Keep engine and/or boat keys separate and secure at all times.
- Use padlocks that are appropriate and recommended for maritime environments.
- Consider fitting a strongbox, particularly if you travel to different ports.
- All on deck items must be readily available when the boat is in use e.g. life raft but when moored, alongside or at a mooring, the same items become attractive to thieves. Develop a routine to secure such valuable items before and after you set sail.
- Remember, ropes and fenders have a re-sale value.
- If you use a mooring and then use a dinghy, think about how you can secure the dinghy, engine and paddles etc when you reach land. Have you secured your boat before leaving it?
- Join a ‘Boat Watch’ scheme in your local area – contact the local Neighbourhood Team for details.