CANAL BOAT OWNERS URGED TO STEP UP SECURITY
|Published: 4th February 2008 11:14|
CANAL boat owners are being urged to be "nosey neighbours" and not give burglars an open invitation into their waterway homes.
They are being reminded to step up security as police investigate a spate of thefts from narrow boats moored up for the winter on canals across Trent Valley.
"Boat owners are a tightly knit community and are always willing to help each other out," said Inspector Inspector Ashley Farrington, Commander of Burntwood Neighbourhood Policing Unit.
"We are asking them to go that extra bit and keep a special watch on each other's boats to help combat the occasional burglar who is on the look out for easy pickings."
In the last few weeks, five canal boats have been broken into at separate canal side locations at Huddlesford and Alrewas villages near Lichfield.
After breaking into the moored vessels, burglars have searched the boats and stolen food and drink.
Narrow boat owners should look to fitting boat alarms - battery powered models are available from any DIY store and are effective in raising the alarm if thieves target boats, say police.
Crime prevention and security advice is available to boat owners from Lichfield area Neighbourhood Watch officer, Rob Nunn, on 08453 30 20 10.
Anyone with information about the canal boat burglaries is asked to contact police at Burntwood, telephone 08453 30 20 10 or, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.