Bay of Plenty Police urge boat owners to secure property

Bay of Plenty Police urge boat owners to secure property

Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty Police are warning boat owners to be wary following recent thefts from recreational boats. 
 
There have been a number of thefts in the Western Bay of Plenty area over the last month which Police are investigating.  The offenders have targeted residential properties with boats parked outside with easy access.  
 
"With the arrival of spring and summer fast approaching, this is a timely opportunity to check your security around your boats and home," says Senior Sergeant Mark Pakes, Area Response Manager.
 
"The majority of these offences are preventable if owners take the time to secure items such as life jackets, fishing, safety and electronic equipment. These items are valuable and are left lying inside boats that are often insecure or have easy access." 
 
"Please report any suspicious behaviour to us as soon as you can - we would much rather attend a false alarm than miss the opportunity to apprehend an offender.” 
 
“People, if they can, should try and thwart thieves by protecting their belongings with anti-theft devices, and/or by parking boats in garages or carports." 
 
"It’s also wise to install alarms and good lighting to deter these offenders, and try to keep valuables out of boats if at all possible."   
 
"If we work together, we can combat this issue."
 
Police ask that anybody with information regarding property stolen from boats contact us on 07 577 4300. Information can also be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
 
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Issued by Police Media Centre.