Police: recent wave of thefts from boats

Following a recent spate of boat thefts, the public is urged to “report anyone seen acting suspiciously around the bays and near moored boats” and “report the sale of used marine equipment that appears to be of suspicious nature”. ”

A police spokesperson said: ‘The Bermuda Police Department along with the Bermuda Coast Guard are asking for the public’s assistance following a recent spate of boat thefts.

“The public is urged to report anyone seen acting suspiciously around the bays and near moored boats and to report the sale of second-hand marine equipment that appears to be suspicious in nature. It should be noted that the purchase of stolen goods is an offence.

“The locations of the flights have been island-wide, however, the Paget, Red Hole and Foot of the Lane areas have been the most targeted areas.

“Boat owners are encouraged to remove valuables from their boat and take precautions where possible to secure removable items. Additionally, platforms should be secured to a permanent object with a good quality chain and padlock.

‘It would also be helpful to the police if owners took a photo of their boat and equipment and noted the serial numbers and identifying marks to facilitate recovery in the event of property theft.

“Anyone with information regarding stolen boats or marine equipment is asked to contact Acting Sgt. Linnell Williams of the Bermuda Coast Guard at 294-0610 or 211. Anonymous information can also be submitted through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-623-8477.

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