Police caution boat owners

Police are warning boat owners to boost their vessel security following a number of thefts from boats.

Over the last two weeks eight alleged thefts have been reported. Officers believe other offences may have taken place but were not reported.

The majority of these offences took place in the West Bay area with one in Cayman Brac and one on West Bay Road (George Town end).

Items taken include flare guns and flares, fishing equipment, radio equipment and boat engines.

According to the police, there are many ways boat owners can reduce their chances of becoming a victim of theft by reviewing and improving security on a regular basis.

The following tips should be taken into account:

?? never leave anything valuable on display, however small and insignificant it may seem. Thieves steal first and think about value later

?? don’t leave anything loose on the deck or in the cockpit

?? never leave your keys on the boa,

?? always keep your boat locked when no-one is on board

?? use strong padlocks or rim locks on all your hatches, entry points and cockpit lockers

?? fit an alarm and use a visible sticker to deter potential thieves.

‘Boat owners and residents should also look out for one another,’ said Police Public Relations Officer Deborah Denis.

‘Keep an eye on other boats as well as your own and report any suspicious activity you see to the police.’

Owners should also take steps help the police reunite recovered goods with their rightful owners.

‘Keep a list of the serial numbers of valuables on your boat like your radio or navigation equipment and take pictures of your items so you can prove they belong to you. And finally, mark all your goods with an invisible marker stating your name and contact details,’ added Ms Denis.