Boat owners in West Norfolk are being urged to review their security measures after a series of motor thefts in the area.
Over the past week there have been four reported thefts of outboard motor and one attempted theft. These were:
• Between 12pm on Saturday 23 November and 10.40am on Saturday 14 December an outboard motor was stolen from a garage in East Harbour Way, Burnham Overy Staithe.
• Between 3pm on Saturday 14 December and 10am on Sunday 15 December two outboard motors were taken from a secured compound on North Beach, Heacham.
• Between 12pm on Sunday 15 December and 12pm on Tuesday 17 December a motor was taken from a mooring in Hilgay.
• An attempted break-in also took place at a property on Sluice Road, Denver between 12pm on Sunday 15 December and 12pm on Tuesday 17 December which is being linked to marine crime.
There are a range of crime prevention measures that owners can take including the marine engine covers. These are available in three sizes to fit the vast majority of outboard engines. Boat owners are then able to replace the top plastic engine cowling with a Norfolk Police cover making the engine far less attractive to would-be thieves.
This is the third year Norfolk Constabulary has team up with Broadsbeat to run this scheme and to date no engine fitted with the Police engine cover has been stolen.
Sergeant Donnacha Cormican, explained: “The marine engine covers are a simple yet effective way of protecting your outboard engine. Theft of an outboard engine can cause damage to the boat leaving the owner with a repair bill for the boat as well as the financial loss of the engine. We have seen encouraging results for those owners who have invested in an engine cover and I would certainly encourage others to do the same.”
Engine covers are available in three sizes to fit the vast majority of outboard engines and can be purchased for between £28 and £34 from King’s Lynn Police Station public enquiry office or by calling Sgt Donnacha Cormican at King’s Lynn Police on 101.
For further advice and information on how to protect your boat, particularly during the winter months, visit http://www.norfolk.police.uk/safetyadvice/broadsbeat1.aspx or contact Norfolk Police on 101.