South Norfolk boat thefts

16 April 2015 Officers in South Norfolk are issuing advice to boat owners to keep their property secure following a series of recent thefts in the area. The warning comes after police received three reports of thefts from boats in the South Norfolk area in the past week. The first theft happened on New Inn Hill at Rockland St Mary between Wednesday 8 April at 2:30pm and Friday 10 April at 1:30pm when offender(s) stole an outboard engine.

The second theft happened at Langley Dyke between Thursday 9 April at 4pm and Tuesday 14 April at 12.05pm when offender(s) stole an outboard engine. The third theft happened at Langley Street in Langley between Friday 10 April at 12.30pm and Monday 13 April at 12.30pm. Unknown person(s) cut a lock to a boat but no items were taken.

Inspector Zoe Hardman said: “There are a number of measures that boat owners can take to keep items in their boat as secure as possible, or make them more easily traceable in the event that they are stolen. “In the meantime, we would urge anyone with information on these thefts to come forward and let us know and ask local residents to continue to be vigilant to any further incidents of this nature. Police advice to boat owners to prevent the theft of their vessel or items inside it includes: – Always keep your boat locked when not on board – Use strong padlocks or rimlocks where appropriate – Never leave anything valuable on display – At home keep a file containing all the information you can assemble about your boat to aid police in finding it in the event of it being stolen – Take a set of photographs of the boat and the serial numbers of all equipment – Gear can be marked using tag or chip equipment. This involves fitting equipment with electronic tags and then registering your equipment with the relevant company.

In the event equipment does get stolen, items can then be scanned and traced to their original owners – Alternatively, mark everything with your home postcode so it can be identified as yours if found For more advice on boat security, visit and you can also get more information by speaking to your local Broads Beat team on 101 or emailing [email protected]

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed any of the above incidents or have more information.

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.