Boat Watch is linked locally, to the National Maritime Project Kraken, which delivers enhanced counter terrorism vigilance with the aim of increasing public safety.

Dedicated community co-ordinators in each Boat Watch area will have a direct link to a local policing team. This allows us to share information about criminal, anti-social and suspicious behaviour in your area that will contribute to reducing crime and improving the quality of life in that area.

The aims of the scheme are to:

  • Increase the prevention and detection of boat related crime
  • Increase community engagement between individual members, the police and marine related groups
  • Increase public confidence in the police and other involved agencies

Benefits of the scheme

  • Free access to the Devon and Cornwall Alert (early information regarding crimes or suspicious behaviour)
  • Advice on how to report suspicious activity
  • Access to your local policing team and Boat Watch co-ordinator
  • Provision of regular marine crime information in your area
  • Information about security products that reduce thefts and increase the chance of offenders being caught
  • Details on how to register your property and search for details of stolen property prior to buying equipment
  • Signs and stickers for your boat and equipment showing that you are a member of a police supported initiative

Requirements of becoming a member

Boat Watch is a free scheme, anyone from the boating community can join but we request you to:

  1. Register your property on
  2. Register your details with the Devon and Cornwall Alert

For more information about Boat Watch contact your local policing team.

Additional information

  1. Keep your boat secure and remove items that can be removed, or secure them also.
  2. Marking your possessions and displaying the fact that you have taken such action will deter thieves. Take a look at our crime reduction information on our web site –
  3. Prepare and record a list of all identification numbers. Did you know you can record such information for free on
  4. Keep engine and/or boat keys separate and secure at all times.
  5. Use padlocks that are appropriate and recommended for maritime environments.
  6. Consider fitting a strongbox, particularly if you travel to different ports.
  7. All on deck items must be readily available when the boat is in use e.g. life raft but when moored, alongside or at a mooring, the same items become attractive to thieves. Develop a routine to secure such valuable items before and after you set sail.
  8. If you use a mooring and then use a dinghy, think about how you can secure the dinghy, engine and paddles etc when you reach land. Have you secured your boat before leaving it?
  9. Register your details with the Devon and Cornwall Alert
  10. Join a ‘Boat Watch’ scheme in your local area – contact the local Neighbourhood Team for details.

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