Issue date: 6th June 2012
Insurers, boat clubs, local authorities, historic building owners and a wide range of waterways organisations are reporting an increase in incidences of theft, and attempted theft, of plant, equipment and anything made of metal. There has also be a steep rise in the theft of outboard engines and other equipment from all types of boats left on moorings. The Environment Agency has recently suffered the theft of ten four-tonne metal dam boards from a yard in Norfolk (further information on the Recycle Metals website. Premises without a permanent human presence are a particular vulnerable target for such thefts. Boat clubs, waterway societies and others with premises containing equipment are urged to ensure that every precaution is taken against become a victim of such crimes.
Security precautions to consider include: