Stop crime on wa­ter

Pinjarra Murray Times - - LET’S EAT -

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.


Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett

Sergeants Rod Veal (front) and Alan Trist want boaters to tackle safety and crime this sum­mer.

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