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Old 16 March 2013, 11:42   #31
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Just out of interest, how did you prove you owned the boat
When you order a "show plate" from the interweb they give you the option of have something written at the bottom. Usually this space is taken up by the dealerís details on car plates. If you have the boat details put here (like make and name) and it's carrying the tow cars number, this although not legal proof goes a long way to prove the legitimacy of the rig. And it looks cool
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Old 16 March 2013, 12:45   #32
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now I've just read that burglars are only getting cautions when they're caught
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The Dail Mail, c'mon, give me some credit

BBC News - Essex Chief Constable condemns burglar caution
Well it was misquoting for your own agenda on the scale that the DM would usually use, but I suppose "Now I've just read that a Chief Constable reported three of his own officers to the professional standards department" probably wouldn't have the same ring to it - or are you under a misaprehension that police offers are human beings and therefore able to make mistakes / errors of judgement?

That said without all the facts it may be wrong to prejudge the situation. A police caution at least ensures a conviction - if the evidence is ropey or inadmissible then it may be "better" that going to court and "loosing".
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Old 16 March 2013, 13:23   #33
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The French customs and police are keen on proof of ownership as well. Those times I've been asked for my papers they have been more interested in registration documents than passports or SSRs.
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Old 16 March 2013, 13:29   #34
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SSR certificate could be handy for such occasions.
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Old 16 March 2013, 14:26   #35
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It wasn't me guv!

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That's really good to hear-where were you stopped?

The officer didn't say he owned a Searider did he?
No it wasn't me. But I'm pleased my colleagues are getting the message.

Thank you for the majority support for our efforts to make an impact on what is a significant issue to us all.

To those who have a differing view. I respect it entirely and wish you no misfortune because of it. There are all sorts of reasons, some of them valid, why some may have a differing view.

But if you visit Cornwall towing a boat please expect to be checked. I make no apology for carrying out one of my primary functions which is the prevention and detection of crime.

If I happen to check you going about your lawful business and I cause you any inconvenience or delay you will have my unreserved apology. I'll not only have wasted your time but mine as well. Albeit always happy to spend time with like minded people.

It is my personal view though that any rancour ought to be directed towards those who make it necessary to carry out such checks i.e. those who would steal from us rather than those doing their best to prevent and detect it. Don't get me wrong dealing with those who have a chip on their shoulder goes with the territory, is water of a ducks back and also sometimes extremely entertaining and interesting.

If the fact that it becomes known that we will carry out such checks in Cornwall deters just one individual with nefarious intentions then I'll be glad.

Don't get too hung up on how you prove the boat is yours (its our job to prove it's not, your help in doing so is always welcome and speeds things up). Those of us who have done this for a day or two will soon draw a conclusion by talking with you and soaking up all the many clues.

How am I doing so far this year? Just the one stolen SIB and outboard recovered, two individuals of Eastern European origin charged to Court and two locals intercepted afloat in the dead of night in February and prevented from thieving on my patch in South East Cornwall. But then it's still early on in the year. I know that the victims were well made up and that's good enough for me and extremely satisfying.

Regards and take care of it.
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Nice post Kraken
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Couldn't agree more.
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Kraken, I'm with you on that. We bear the brunt of the anger towards those who get away with it when we do our best to prevent it. For the small amount of time it takes do do the checks some would think we have caused them such insult and delay that they feel it acceptable to blame us and be less than polite to us. Reaction to a crime is one thing but surely prevention is another.
I just ask if you ever get stopped by the Police then have a little patience and try to encompass the bigger picture. You are not being singled out or accused, we are trying to protect you. We will always be polite and tolerant, please show us the same respect.
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Don't get too hung up on how you prove the boat is yours (its our job to prove it's not, your help in doing so is always welcome and speeds things up). Those of us who have done this for a day or two will soon draw a conclusion by talking with you and soaking up all the many clues.
Any advice on what would help prove ownership?

We have club boats and I think I would struggle to prove ownership or for an officer to find suitable evidence.

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