Po­lice bid to keep boats safe

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion - By JON BAS­SETT

WA­TER po­lice want ves­sels safe and se­cure from crime on jet­ties, moor­ings and trail­ers.

“Kids jump into boats to get stored al­co­hol and thieves will jump on to get the keys and get the boat,” Sergeant Rod Veal said.

A Marinewatch in­for­ma­tion pack­age for safe and crime-pre­vent­ing boat­ing 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 email­based 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 not be per­ceived be­cause half of in­ci­dent re­ports last year com­prised thefts from cars on­shore.

“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. En­gine keys must be re­moved from any moored boat.

“In June, we had bloke just swim out to a Riviera cruiser, find the key and take off from Thom­son Bay in Rot­tnest Is­land,” Sgt Veal said.

Visit www.ewatch.com.au. Pre­vent theft from boats by:

■ List­ing equip­ment se­rial numbers.

■ En­grav­ing valu­ables with li­cence num­ber.

■ Mark­ing dinghy with li­cence num­ber.

■ In­stalling trailer and hatch locks.

■ Re­mov­ing valu­ables, en­gine keys

■ Hav­ing no al­co­hol vis­i­ble. Source: WA Wa­ter Po­lice.

Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett.

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

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