Norfolk boat owners urged to step up security

Boat owners are being reminded to protect their vessels from the attention of thieves.

Norfolk police said boat owners should be on their guard as the tourism season kicks in.

PC Jon Hopes, from Norfolk police, said: 'It is so important that you take the security of your boat as seriously as you would the security of your own home.

'With the huge cost implications of buying and maintaining your boat, why make it attractive to thieves by failing to take a few security measures?'

Boat owners are advised to never leave anything valuable on display, not to leave anything loose in the cockpit or on deck, never leave engine keys in the ignition, always keep boats locked when no-one is on board and use strong padlocks or rimlocks on all the hatches, entry points and cockpit lockers.

PC Hopes said people should also fit outboard security covers, which are available to buy by calling Broads Beat on 0845 456 4567.

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