Canal Watch Newsletter

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Recent Incidents and Crime
Date and Time
Crime Reference

09/03/2022 07:02
Unknown suspect has gained entry to the area of IP's boat where the generator is. They have removed the cover and stolen the generator. This means that IP now has no power on his boat.

07/03/2022 10:10
Unknown suspect has thrown a stone at a window on IP's canal boat, causing the glass to shatter.

09/03/2022 13:17
Third party report. Unknown suspect has  damaged the IP's barge boat- this has happened over a 2 night period. RP who is an officer for Wiltshire Police- Has been given this information by a friend of the suspect.

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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