Harbour Security Staff halt thefts in progress
Swift action by the Harbour’s security staff has resulted in thefts being foiled on each of the previous two nights. The first incident took place in the early hours of Monday morning in Bowcombe (Newbridge) when the security patrol witnessed two men making off with a kayak from racks adjacent to the slipway. When the patrol approached them the men dropped the kayak and drove off at high speed, almost knocking the security team over in the process. Details have been handed to the Police and the Harbour Office are trying to trace the kayak’s owner so that it can be returned.
The second incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning when the security patrol saw two men acting suspiciously at Victoria Quay in Salcombe. When the men were approached they got into a Silver BMW and drove off at high speed. Again, all information has been handed to the Police but members of the public who may have witnessed anything are also encouraged to pass on what they know to the Police.
The Harbour Master, Adam Parnell said “A number of ports and harbours in the South West have seen a spike in marine crime recently and unfortunately we have not been immune, and a small but significant number of outboard thefts have been recorded within the estuary this summer. The quick actions by the security team are to be commended on these occasions but we are obviously concerned that the thieves may try again, and we would urge boat owners to take especial care of their belongings. During the summer we have run several marine crime awareness events and have handed out security marking kits.”
Simple steps to improve security
Boat owners are encouraged:
- not to leave valuable or attractive items unattended if possible;
- to ensure that outboards etc are properly security marked. Even a post-code written in indelible ink can be a deterrent;
- if possible, lock outboards to the transom of the boat to make it more difficult to steal;
- report any suspicious activity to the Police on 101