UK Policing will be at one of the biggest boat shows in the country this month, highlighting the work that the Marine Units undertake policing the county’s marine communities, as well as raising awareness of steps that can be taken to prevent the theft of marine equipment.
Marine teams from police forces across the UK, supported by Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (Police CPI), will have a stand at the Southampton International Boat Show, joining over 550 exhibiting brands and 650 craft of all shapes and sizes at the show, which is now in its 53rd year and runs from Friday 16th to Sunday 25th September.
Visitors to the show, held at Europe’s largest purpose-built show marina in Mayflower Park, Southampton, will have the opportunity to speak with officers about Project STORM marine security advice and Project Kraken, the national initiative to increase public awareness of terrorism and criminal or suspicious activity at marinas, moorings or on water.
National Maritime Policing lead, ACC Jim Nye, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for members of Marine Policing Teams to come together at the country’s largest marine show and meet with visitors. We look forward to welcoming visitors to our stand at the Southampton International Boat Show to demonstrate the outstanding work our police teams contribute tackling criminality around our island and hear from those who are on the water for pleasure.”
Guy Ferguson, CEO of Police CPI, says, “We are at the show again this year as we want to prevent marine theft. The show is the perfect opportunity for us to support officers from the UK’s police marine units as they talk to the boat owners and water sports enthusiasts, raising awareness to prevent boats or their equipment being stolen.”
Police advice is to always think STORM when looking at marine security:
Security – physical security measures
Track – property marking & tracking systems
Observe – keep an eye on your marina / sailing club
Report suspicious activity
Monitor at all times – CCTV and alarms
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