Police issue warning to boat owners

As boats at the Bedford Basin Yacht Club sleep the winter away, boat owners are reminded to take precautions when storing their boats for the winter as break-ins have been reported.

As a result of recent numerous breaks into boats, police would like boat owners to take precautions when storing their boats for the winter.

Over the last three months, Halifax Regional Police has received over thirty reports where someone has broken into boats.

The incidents have primarily been at the Armdale Yacht Club and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron. However, there was one incident reported at the Bedford Basin Yacht Club.

There is also a concern the number of incidents could be higher given that some owners may not make regular checks of their boats.

In these incidents various items have been stolen, including electronics, nautical supplies, tools and alcohol.

Police have laid charges in connection with three of these incidents and continue to investigate the others.

HRM Partners in Policing would remind boat owners to:

-make sure valuables are removed from your boat when not in use,
-make regular checks of your boat,
-if your boat has been broken into, please notify police,
-report any suspicious activity to police.

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to contact police at 490-5016 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.

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