Marine equipment safety warning

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service urges residents to ensure marine equipment is stored as securely as possible.

Although there has been a drop in the number of offences taking place, two thefts have been reported to police over the last two weeks.

On June 2, a man reported that his boat engine had been cut from the vessel and stolen. Then on June 8, a wave runner was reported stolen from a car park.

Residents are being urged to ensure outboard engines, personal water craft like wave runners, GPS systems and boat trailers are not left where they can be easily removed.

‘Ideally, you should store small engines somewhere secure when they are not in use,’ said Inspector Brad Ebanks. ‘All equipment should be out of view so as not to tempt thieves.’

Owners are also being asked to take measures to assist with the return of recovered goods to their rightful owners.

‘Record serial numbers and perhaps make some secret marks on your equipment that only you know, so you can identify your property quickly,’ Mr. Ebanks said. ‘Photographs are also extremely useful and I recommend that everyone takes pictures of their property as soon as they receive it.’

Other advice includes using the best locks and chains you can afford to secure equipment such as wave runners and trailers, removing as many items as you can when you leave the boat unattended and considering fitting an alarm to your vessel.

Secure your trailers by locking the head in the down position with a good lock. Police said this can deter persons from stealing it.

Residents are also reminded to report any thefts, no matter how small, to the police.

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