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About the NMR 2018-02-26T19:48:09+00:00

Initiated by Police and developed to combat marine theft in Australia

Owning a boat or jet-ski is a privilege that many Australians work hard to achieve – taking advantage of our amazing waterways is something that many aspire to. The impact of marine theft isn’t only about the value of the boat, the impact on insurance premiums and the cost to the community, it’s also about the loss of lifestyle. DataDot Technology Ltd has worked together with Club Marine, Crime Stoppers, State based Water/Marine Police and Criminal Investigators to establish the National Marine Register, an initiative aimed at providing standardised information and communications for improved marine based law enforcement.
Why marine theft is a problem:
  • Re-birthing and surrogate registration operations make marine theft in Australia a simple, lower-risk, profitable criminal business
  • Criminal networks traffic stolen boats and personal water craft (jet-skis, Seadoos etc) between Australian states, where it is more difficult to identify the stolen vessels
  • When thieves change the identity of boats and PWCs it is more difficult for investigators to confirm the true ownership and prosecute – so even when boats and PWCs are recovered, police are restricted in their ability to efficiently return the vessel to the true owner, pin the crime and proceed with prosecutions – a lack of punishment for crime encourages continued criminal activity.
The National Marine Register aims to tackle the rate of marine theft in Australia. The availability of information enhances the effectiveness of police and fraud investigations and of boat recovery initiatives – with nationally available identifying information and images stored in database, police can recover, return and prosecute.

Industry analysis reveals that there is more than $11 million worth of vessels stolen in Australia each year and the most targeted are fishing and ski boats that belong to ordinary people.

Police know that professional thieves are active in the marine market and that the profitability of stealing a boat directly funds other criminal activities.

Police are frustrated by the lack of standardised marine information available between the states, making it easy for crime gangs to steal boats, move them across state borders and sell to unsuspecting buyers. The National Marine Register was initiated by Police and developed to combat marine theft in Australia.

Owning a boat or jetski is a privilege that many Australians work hard to achieve – taking advantage of our amazing waterways is something that many aspire to. The growing rate of boat theft impacts upon ordinary people and the cost is not only about the value of the boat, it’s also about the loss of lifestyle.

“There is in excess of $11 million worth of boats stolen in Australia every year and boat owners and Club Marine members have had enough,” said Club Marine CEO Greg Fisher. “It’s time to take more action to deter theft. We find that the most commonly stolen boats are trailer boats used for fishing and water skiing. We are determined to make it harder for thieves to profit from stealing boats from our Club Marine members and boat dealers. That’s why we support setting up a National Marine Register.”

When a Detective Senior Sergeant of Queensland Police attended a law enforcement conference in the USA and learned of the increased vulnerability of the global marine industry, he initiated an effort to address the problem. Boat theft was and is a lucrative target market for criminal networks and police have been relatively powerless to fight the rate of theft in the face of the organised networks of thieves.

“The Queensland Police Service recognises marine crime as a national concern and works with our national law enforcement partners and industry stakeholders including DataDot to identify strategies to address the issue”.

“The National Marine Register Register is an important tool and highlights the benefits of identification technology by providing a source of valuable information that will greatly assist law enforcement in their investigation and recovery of stolen marine assets,” Detective Superintendent John Sheppard of the Queensland Police Service’s Organised Crime Group said.