Boat watch

What is Boat Watch

Boat Watch is a community scheme. It operates in the same way as a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. The scheme is run by the community, for the community, and is supported by a number of agencies such as the police, fire service and local councils.

Boat Watch is linked locally, to the National Maritime Project Kraken, which delivers enhanced counter-terrorism vigilance with the aim of increasing public safety.

There are dedicated community co-ordinators in each individual Boat Watch area. Each co-ordinator has a direct link to a local policing team. This allows us to share information about criminal, anti-social and suspicious behaviour in your area.

The aims of the scheme are to:

  • Increase the prevention and detection of marine related crime
  • Increase community engagement between individual members, the police and other marine related groups
  • Reduce the fear of crime in your community
  • Increase public confidence in the police and other involved agencies.

What are the benefits of being a member of the Boat Watch scheme?

  • Access to Devon and Cornwall Alert (early information regarding crimes or suspicious behaviour)
  • Advice on how to report suspicious activity
  • Access to your local policing team and Boat Watch co-ordinator
  • Provision of regular marine crime information in your area
  • Information about security products that reduce theft and increase the chance of offenders being caught
  • Details on how to register your property and search for details of stolen property prior to buying boats or equipment
  • Opportunities to purchase property marking kits at reduced rates
  • Stickers for your boat/equipment showing it is security marked
  • Opportunities to organise/attend events e.g. free fire safety checks, free security surveys of boats and harbours
  • Opportunities to provide content for newsletters.

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Requirements of becoming a member

Boat Watch is a free scheme, anyone from the boating community can join but we request that you:

Member benefits include the option to purchase:

  • A Boat Watch outboard engine cover and/or
  • A marine marking kit complete with overt stickers to deter offenders.

How do I register my property?

  • You can register details of your property free of charge at Secure Asset Register
  • Police can search this site for lost or stolen property
  • You can search Stolen Boats free of charge prior to purchasing a boat or equipment to check whether it is registered as stolen
  • This site is updated by the marine insurance industry and police.

If you see anything suspicious - please report it by:

  • Emailing the police
  • Talking to your local policing team
  • Giving information anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or by email using their secure online form at Crimestoppers
  • Calling the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline - 0800 789321
  • 999 emergency - where life is threatened, people are injured, offenders are nearby or if immediate action is required.

We need more co-ordinators

If you would like to become a co-ordinator please contact your local policing team. We have space for more than one co-ordinator in each area!

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