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Boat owners urged to be vigilant

Police are urging boat owners in the Brundall area to be vigilant after a number of boats were targeted by thieves.

An outboard engine and batteries were stolen from a boat in Station Halt between Saturday 15 May and Saturday 19 June 2021. A second boat also had an outboard engine stolen at the same location between Saturday 12 June and Saturday 19 June 2021.

Two boats have also been targeted at West Lane in Brundall. Batteries were stolen from one of the vessels between Sunday 16 May and Saturday 19 June 2021 and batteries were also taken from another between Friday 4 June and Saturday 19 June 2021.

In another incident, fishing equipment, a lifejacket and drink were among the items stolen from a boat moored off Ferry Road in Norton Subcourse between Saturday 12 June and Tuesday 15 June 2021.

Following the thefts, boat owners are being reminded to keep their boats secure.

PC Paul Bassham, from the Norfolk Constabulary Broadsbeat Team, said: “Historically, opportunist thieves have targeted boats that have been left unattended, insecure and where items have been left on display. I would urge boat owners to remove these opportunities to help reduce the chances of falling victim to maritime crime.

"Boat owners and hirers spend a lot of money buying and maintaining their boats, so the last thing you want is to be a victim of theft. It is important to take the security of your boat as seriously as you would your home, ensuring it is left secure and making life difficult for criminals to steal your boat and items on board.

"If you haven’t already, make sure you have a detailed list of your boating equipment including serial numbers, which is first line of defence against thieves, which proves invaluable if your property is stolen."

Broads Beat officers also strongly recommend marking valuable items of property with your postcode, making them less attractive to a thief and easier to identify if stolen.

Anyone with information about the thefts should contact the Broadsbeat Team on 101.