Gweek Classic Boatyard have issued this information:
Following thefts of outboards at Helford Passage last week, Helston Police have released some advice on boat security.
Reduce the opportunity and reduce the likelihood of being a victim of crime by considering the following tips.
- Keep your boat secure and remove items that can be removed, or secure them.
- Mark your possessions and displaying the fact that you have taken such action will deter thieves.
- Prepare and record a list of all identification and serial numbers. You can record such information for free on www.immobilise.co.uk.
- 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, along side or at a mooring the same items become attractive to thieves. Develop a routine to secure such items before and after you set sail.
- Remember, ropes and fenders have a re-sale value and are easily stolen.
- If you use a mooring and then use a dinghy, think about how you can secure your boat before leaving it. Dinghies are a popular target for thieves as they are so easy to steal.
- Sign up to D & C Alerts. Devon and Cornwall Alert is a two-way community messaging system operated by Devon and Cornwall police. The system helps us to connect with our communities, it tells people what is happening in their area and allows them to respond directly with any information. Visit alerts.dc.police.uk to sign up.
- Call Police on the 101 non-emergency number to report a crime or suspicious behaviour. If an immediate attendance is required always call 999. For advice on non-urgent matters (not to report crimes) you can contact PCSO Julia Berry who is the local officer for Helston area. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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