PSNI floats boat scheme
The PSNI has launched a new initiative to tackle boat crime.
Police officers will be visiting boat clubs to alert members to crime prevention measures.
In addition, officers will be supplying clubs with a limited number of specially designed engine covers.
Inspector David Connery explains: “Last year, 24 boats were stolen in Northern Ireland and 58 outboard engine thefts were reported. Due to the nature of these crimes, it can take quite a while for the theft to be reported to us and detecting the equipment may prove difficult.”
He continued: “Thieves are attracted to outboard engines as they are relatively easy to detach from the boat. We’re encouraging owners to remove the original cowling and replace with a cover; the resale value for the engine plummets when this isn’t present.