Following the pandemic, we have all noticed more boaters getting on the water. With this boom in industry, there has also been an increase of damage and theft in the boating community as criminals turn their attention to this growing sector.
With this in mind, it is important that we all take precautions in securing our vessel to mitigate any risks.
According to the Police Crime Prevention Initiative's (PCPI) latest campaign there are a number of measures that can be taken to reduce your chance of being targeted by crime.
Security - Physical Security Measures
Track - Use Tracking Systems & Property Marking
Observe - Keep An Eye On Your Vessel
Report - Report Any Suspicious Activity
Monitor - Monitor alarms and CCTV
Ensure your cabin and cockpit lockers are properly locked before leaving your vessel, and try to keep as many items out of sight. If possible, take all valuables home with you rather than leaving them aboard.
Fit a tracking system to your vessel or outboard to increase the chances of recovery, you could also make a note of the serial numbers of any items aboard and keep the list at home. The PCPI also advises vessel owners to take any photos of unique markings to your vessel to make identification easier.
Keep an eye out for other peoples boats, and ask others to keep an eye out for yours. Regular visits to your to check on your vessel are also recommended.
If you notice anything unusual always report it to the marina office or the Poole Harbour Control https://www.phc.co.uk/environment/management/report-an-incident/. If it is an emergency call 999.
It is a good idea to fit an alarm and use a visible sticker which states that one is installed on your vessel. If you don’t have mains power, a battery-operated GSM mobile alert system and camera can warn of anything suspicious or if the main hatch has been opened.