Been reading about the stolen Marlin in the ' Stolen Ribs' section and the general view of the police response to nicked kit.
I thought I put my experience of the local police response to my tender being nicked ( Only £850- not much compared to some boats value, but still boatings not about value when stuffs been nicked !).
I found it had gone at 7am, I casually had breakfast and went to the local station at about 10 am. Filled the forms in & to be honest didn't expect to hear any more again. However , the local marine crime officer was 'in' so came down to have chat- he remembered me from chatting on the local slipway ! ( 1st Points in the bag for him) .
He said he would nip round 'later' - I understood this to maybe mean 'never' so I walked home to find him sat on the doorstep with a PCSO ! ( more points ) He then knocked on everydoor in the road, and the roads nearby to see if anyone had seen anything. (Alas nothing- but more points !!). He had already requested the CCTV footage from the cameras near us - but had a call to say that there was nothing they could use - just cars in the local roads - with 'maybe' my SIB & engine in the boot .....( even more points )
As he left a Crime Scene officer turned up to look for anything they could use - tool marks or finger prints.(Yet more points ) Again nothing was found.
I was very impressed by all this for my little SIB & engine !
In the following few weeks I have had several calls from the Poole Marine Police asking for any identifying marks on the boat/engine as they had ' a few' they though may be mine. ( more points for following it up) The other evening they even turned up at the house with an engine to see if it was mine. ( Yes - more points) I was out but they then bought it to where I was (8 miles away! ) for me to look at ! ( Nope it wasn't mine ;( - but more points than I thought possible)
So all in all I have had an absolute 1st rate service from the police.
I'm wondering if I was just lucky, were they quiet , or is the local Dorset marine section just 'good' ?
Whats other experience - boating related only ...........
PS- I wont tell you what they are like when actually 'on' the water......