Canal Watch Newsletter

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Recent Incidents and Crime (Mid Nov 2020 – Mid Jan 2021)
Date and Time
Crime Reference

27/11/2020 05:00
Unknown suspect has entered the IP's canal boat and stolen his wallet which contained £280 of cash.

Bradford on Avon
25/12/2020 20:00
RP's friend heard people outside of his canal boat overnight unknown time.  When he looked out this morning, he could see his neighbours flag pole had been snapped off the canal boat by unknown means.

23/12/2020 00:01
U/K suspect has stolen over £100 worth of diesel from IP's canal boat which is also his home. No damage has been caused to the boat and it is believed that suspect siphoned out the fuel. This has affected IP to the extent that he will have to temporarily move off his boat and move in with his family who are his support bubble. Affected him financially as employment ceased to Covid19.

K & A Trowbridge
08/01/2021 12:15
Unknown Suspect has stolen a generator from RP's narrowboat whilst RP was asleep.

Crime Prevention Advice
Keeping narrowboats safe
Here are tips to help prevent theft of your boat or its contents and deter petty crime and vandalism…
Car alarms are based on 12VDC operation and so are the majority of our boats. Fit a good-quality alarm system, with a warning sign, to deter a casual thief. Top units will message owners about a security breach.
Fit a GPS tracker: the most sophisticated units tell you and the police if your boat moves.
Disable your engine. Chain your boat to the mooring in urban areas to stop people casting it off. You can use chain or steel rope and a padlock. Heavy-duty nylon cable ties also work if you clamp ropes together close to bollards and T studs.
Fit window guards and bars across entrance doors. Upgrade all locks to the best quality available and secure hatches and doors with heavy-duty internal hasps.
Use cylinder padlocks, such as high-security van types, which are harder to pick than conventional padlocks.
Fit CCTV/Fit PIR-activated security lighting/Fit a locking fuel tap or a tank alarm to protect the fuel in your tank.
Don't leave valuable kit on the roof and Chain up bicycles.
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Tracy Ince (Police, Watch Coordinator, HQ)

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