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Thefts earning for sailors

PUBLISHED: 11:11 27 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:46 03 July 2010

MEMBERS of the boating community are being warned to be vigilant following a spate of thefts in Martham.

The incidents happened between Sunday, November 15, and Tuesday, November 24, at Martham Ferry Boatyard.

MEMBERS of the boating community are being warned to be vigilant following a spate of thefts in Martham.

The incidents happened between Sunday, November 15, and Tuesday, November 24, at Martham Ferry Boatyard.

Thirteen boats have been targeted by thieves, who have stolen fuel tanks.

The thieves have broken into cabins of some of the vessels.

Police are offering marine enthusiasts the following crime prevention advice to ensure their property remains safe during the winter months:

Never leave anything valuable in display.

Don't leave anything loose in the cockpit or on deck.

Don't leave your key in the ignition - always take it with you.

Keep your boat keys separate from your engine keys.

Always keep your boat locked when no-one is on board.

Remove outboards during winter months.

Use strong padlocks on all of your hatches, entry points and cockpit lockers.

Keep a list of all the serial numbers on valuables and property mark them with your home postcode.

Remember to review and improve the security on your boat regularly. Locks will need replacing as well as property marking your valuables.

Anyone with information in relation to the boat theft incidents should contact Broadsbeat officer PC Paul Bassham on 0845 4564567 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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