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Norfolk Constabulary: Stamping out boat crime with BoatShield

Norfolk Constabulary is joining forces with local boatyards, chandlers, clubs and groups to launch BoatShield to help stamp out boat crime.

The BoatShield initiative will be launched at Brundall Bay Marina at the Marine Crime Prevention Open Day on Saturday 14 November 2015 between 10am and 4pm. Crime prevention officers will be in attendance to give advice and explain the scheme.

It only takes a few simple steps to make boats more secure and by taking security seriously the likelihood of becoming a victim can be greatly reduced.

The Broads Beat Team Inspector, Teresa Eagleton said: “I want boat owners to enjoy Norfolk s beautiful waterways, but I also want them to be safe and secure and I urge them to join the BoatShield initiative.

“Signing up to it sends out a strong message to thieves that people with the BoatShield emblem have taken steps to secure their boat, and at the same time it will help boat owners to be aware of the risks.

“The Constabulary will be talking with the many businesses who serve the boating community in Norfolk to encourage them to become BoatShield Information Points for boat security and become ambassadors for the scheme.

“The police role will be to make sure that information about security products and methods is passed through the BoatShield network. It is really important that we nurture our close link with the boating world and by working together I believe we can crack down on boat related crime in the county.

The team continue to work with partnership agencies such as the Norfolk Broads Authority, Environment Agency, Fire and Rescue, Coastguards, Special Branch in the fight against crime and often look to undertake joint partnership operations.

We continue to use Twitter to keep people up to date with the day to day activities of the team and this gives the team the opportunity to interact with the public and to keep people informed of crimes on and around the Norfolk Broads.

Updates are tweeted from @Broadsbeat1.

If you are a boat owner, look out for the BoatShield information point which will be located locally within boatyards, chandlers as well as at boating clubs and groups across The Broads.

If you would like more information about the BoatShield initiative and how you can take part, or if you are a business or club related to boating and think you could become a BoatShield Information Point, please call the Broads Beat Team on 101 for more information.


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