I'm all for slotting terrorists or just plain thieves at any range ,but it is hard to tell who owns a boat. I see people who look like they shouldn't be allowed out , let alone near water and engines and definately not at the same time , but they own big expensive boats. One bayliner owner near me comes to mind. But hey I looked like I had nicked the boat when I ran out of gas - just glad no-one slotted me . ( Christchurch harbour patrol was no where to be seen as usual !) But I did see that dorset police have leased 2 ribs from the RNLI ( I assume older ILBs taken out of servoce , but essentailly still very good boats)
I cant find the link ,but should be a step in the right direction , as long as it lasts. You compare us to the states where you have 'proper' water policing & the UK is shocking.
I'm sure we all know people who have had theft / damage if we haven't ourselves - personally I'm all for chopping of hands - a pretty good deterant , even its against thier poor old 'human rights' !