Issue date: 18th June 2013
Marine Watch, a registration scheme based on Neighbourhood Watch, has been launched on the Thames.
The police initiative currently includes waterways within the area covered by the Metropolitan Police. Waterways include the non-tidal river from Hampton to Teddington, the tidal Thames downstream to the QEII bridge at Dartford and London's canals.
Marine Watch encourages individuals and communities to set up watch groups. The marine unit and local police officers then work with these groups and individuals to identify and tackle suspicious behaviour to reduce crime and anti-social activity.
The police are also encouraging boaters to register boat details with them and advise marking property and registering it online. By doing so, boat owners make their property less attractive to thieves and more likely to be identified if recovered.
More information is available at the Metropolitan Police website