Marine Crime Prevention

*  RECORD IT – Make a complete inventory of your equipment, especially outboard motors.   Include serial numbers and any identifying marks specific to your property. Photograph items that are distinctive and keep with your inventory. *  MARK IT – Mark property with your postcode and name/house number in a concealed area.  There are many ways to do this from etching or marking with waterproof indelible pen to ‘Smartwater’ (or other specialist identifying methods). *  REMOVE IT – The best way to keep thieves from stealing property is not to leave valuables onboard – removing electronic equipment and other valuables will eliminate the majority of thefts.  Although many boats have lockable storage installed by boat manufacturers, they are sometimes not adequate to deter thieves.  Off the shelf locks and security hinges can assist with security.  Window locks on sliding windows (or placing a strip of wood where the glass slides) will assist with security. *  CLUB SECURITY – A tactful offer to assist a stranger on the premises in finding a person or boat will help to deter a thief and assist a genuine member. *  LOCK IT – Lightweight hasps and locks are easily broken or cut providing access to equipment stored in lockers.  Outboard motor locks and quality shielded ‘heavy duty’ locks can assist; although they are more expensive initially, a quality lock will prevent a thief from taking your property.  Inflatable tenders are easily moved and are a popular item for resale; secure them to a fixed point using a quality chain or lock. *  REPORT IT – Report any thefts immediately to Police, your club and your insurance company.  Use your inventory and photographs to assist in giving as much information as possible. For further information on marine security please contact your local Crime Prevention Officer on 0845 600 8000.]]>