What is Boat Watch
Boat Watch is a community scheme. It operates in the same way as a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. The scheme is run by the community, for the community, and is supported by a number of agencies such as the police, fire service and local councils.
Boat Watch is linked locally, to the National Maritime Project Kraken, which delivers enhanced counter-terrorism vigilance with the aim of increasing public safety.
There are dedicated community co-ordinators in each individual Boat Watch area. Each co-ordinator has a direct link to a local policing team. This allows us to share information about criminal, anti-social and suspicious behaviour in your area.
The aims of the scheme are to:
- Increase the prevention and detection of marine related crime
- Increase community engagement between individual members, the police and other marine related groups
- Reduce the fear of crime in your community
- Increase public confidence in the police and other involved agencies.
What are the benefits of being a member of the Boat Watch scheme?
- Access to Devon and Cornwall Alert (early information regarding crimes or suspicious behaviour)
- Advice on how to report suspicious activity
- Access to your local policing team and Boat Watch co-ordinator
- Provision of regular marine crime information in your area
- Information about security products that reduce theft and increase the chance of offenders being caught
- Details on how to register your property and search for details of stolen property prior to buying boats or equipment
- Opportunities to purchase property marking kits at reduced rates
- Stickers for your boat/equipment showing it is security marked
- Opportunities to organise/attend events e.g. free fire safety checks, free security surveys of boats and harbours
- Opportunities to provide content for newsletters.
Requirements of becoming a member
Boat Watch is a free scheme, anyone from the boating community can join but we request that you:
- Register your property
- Register your details with Devon and Cornwall Alert
- Contact your local policing team to find out who your local boat watch co-ordinator is.
Member benefits include the option to purchase:
- A Boat Watch outboard engine cover and/or
- A marine marking kit complete with overt stickers to deter offenders.
How do I register my property?
- You can register details of your property free of charge at Immobilise
- Police can search this site for lost or stolen property
- You can search Stolen Boats free of charge prior to purchasing a boat or equipment to check whether it is registered as stolen
- This site is updated by the marine insurance industry and police.
If you see anything suspicious - please report it by:
- Emailing the police
- Talking to your local policing team
- Giving information anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or by email using their secure online form at Crimestoppers
- Calling the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline - 0800 789321
- 999 emergency - where life is threatened, people are injured, offenders are nearby or if immediate action is required.
We need more co-ordinators
If you would like to become a co-ordinator please contact your local policing team. We have space for more than one co-ordinator in each area!