Stop crime on water
WATER police want vessels safe and secure from crime on jetties, moorings and trailers before sailing on rivers or the sea this summer.
“Kids jump into boats to get stored alcohol and thieves will jump on to get the keys and get the boat,” North Fremantle Water Police Sergeant Rod Veal said.
A MarineWatch information package for safe boating and preventing crime will be handed out by Water Police when they pull over boats on the water, at slipways and yacht clubs this summer.
Sgt Veal said the package complemented the email-based ewatch program backed by Neighbourhood Watch WA to connect police with residents and local councils. Ewatch emails inform participants about crime, their trends and statistics in their suburbs.
“So if a yacht club signs up to ewatch and it’s getting hit by thieves, then all the club’s members will know,” Sgt Veal said.
He said crime on boats at the clubs and marinas might may be less than publicly perceived because half of all 53 incident reports last year comprised thefts from cars onshore at those sites last year.
“But a lot of people don’t report incidents because of things like insurance excesses being greater than the value of, say, a stolen emergency beacon, but we urge people to report everything so we can solve the pieces of the crime puzzle,” he said.
Boat trailers had to have wheel and tow-ball locks and unattended boats needed emptying to stop youths stealing alcohol and hoaxers using stolen emergency flares.
“Every Friday and Saturday night we get flare sightings over land, but there have been incidents where all our boats and every Department of Transport vessel has been out searching offshore for a flare sight that was a hoax incident,” Sgt Veal said.
The MarineWatch permanent UV marker pen can mark expensive on-board electronics with a driver’s licence number so they can be found if they are stolen.
Sergeants Rod Veal (front) and Alan Trist want boaters to tackle safety and crime this summer.