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WHAT DO I DO IF MY BOAT IS STOLEN?

Contact the Police Assistance Line (PAL) on 131 444 to make a stolen report.

OPERATION NEPTUNE – 1800 658 784
24 hour toll free number to report any marine related crime or information (this can be anonymous). In an emergency contact 000

At the crime scene:
DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING UNTIL A POLICE OFFICER GIVES YOU THE ALL CLEAR (UNLESS IT’S ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL)

If the surfaces on your vessel are suitable for printing, and a Scene of Crime Officer (SOCO) is available, they will attend to ‘dust’ for prints. The dust they use shows any latent prints, i.e. prints that the naked eye cannot see.

Once they find a print, it is photographed and compared to prints that are on the Police system. The SOCO will come to where you are, so if possible please leave the boat where it is. You will be contacted by the specially trained officer as soon as practicable to arrange a time for fingerprinting.

CONTACT YOUR INSURER
Contact your insurer without delay. Have your policy number and relevant details ready.

CONTACT THE NATIONAL MARINE REGISTER
We will ask you for images of your boat, identifying features and details of the theft for broadcast in our Gallery of Stolen Boats (and PWC’s) and across social media sites. The sooner we can distribute information about your boat, the faster the marine community can be alerted and therefore the greater the chance of beating the thieves and recovering your boat – phone 02 8977 4900 (8:30am-5:00pm, Mon-Fri) or 24/7 email info@nationalmarineregister.com.au.

Tips To Protect Your Boat or PWC

With in excess of $11 million in Boats and PWCs stolen every year in Australia, it’s important to do what you can to protect your valuable assets. There are some basic steps we can all take to protect our property from theft.

Record all details of your boat and equipment – including serial numbers, make and model numbers –add as much of this information as possible to the fields in the NMR. If possible include photographs of your boat and equipment. Keep accurate and updated records within the NMR and keep original receipts.

Use the DataDot Theft Deterrent System to deter thieves from targeting your boat – in addition to the Hull, Trailer and Motor, apply DataDots to all valuable or easily removable items and equipment in at least 3 or 4 inconspicuous areas.

Fit an anti-theft device to your trailer – perhaps combine these two, for example – install adequate locks and anti-theft devices to your boat and trailer.
Fit a quality lock to your boat.

Remove valuable items from your boat when you leave it unattended. If you have to leave valuables on board, ensure they are out of sight and locked up.
If you are leaving your vehicle parked on shore while you go boating, please make certain that you leave NO valuables behind and that you secure your vehicle properly. Park your vehicle in a well-lit and highly visible area. Better still, have someone collect your car from the boat ramp and return it when you are due back.

Report any suspicious behaviour occurring at boat ramps or marinas to Police – call Crime Stoppers on 131 444.

Trailer Boats
Boats and trailers are the most frequent targets of marine theft. Stealing a boat is much easier if a thief can hitch up to your boat and trailer and drive away. So take extra care of your Trailer Boat and consider these tips.

  • Do not leave your key in the ignition when the boat is not in use, and do not leave your key on the boat when it is unattended.
  • Store boat and trailer in a locked garage, secured boat storage facility or Mini storage stall.
  • If the boat and trailer is stored at home, put it in the back or side yard out of sight.
  • If possible utilise sensor lighting where the boat and trailer is stored
  • Store the boat where the trailer tongue is not easily accessible.
  • If storing in an open driveway or car port, park another vehicle or other large object in front of the trailer.
  • Consider removing one trailer wheel.
  • Secure the trailer to a solid object with a good quality chain and lock.
  • Purchase a good quality trailer hitch lock and use it – even if stored inside.

Moored/Berthed Boats
While thieves less commonly steal the whole moored and berthed boats, these boats are still a target as for break and enter theft and you should take extra care to avoid being targeted.

  • Do not leave your key in the ignition when the boat is not in use, and do not leave your key on the boat when it is unattended.
  • Ensure all external hatches and windows are fitted with a quality marine lock or fastener.
  • Ensure all easily removable accessories/toys and items are removed from sight or securely attached with a padlock to the primary vessel.
  • Use a marina with full time security and/or good lighting.
  • If on a mooring consider fitting a quality alarm to your boat.
  • If you are leaving your boat for long periods of time, ensure that some else is able to check your boat on a regular basis.
  • Finally, choose a good insurer – check out Club Marine’s Insurance Incentives here.