Marine Safety and Security

When the weather is fine many people enjoy spending time on our beautiful rivers, lakes or on the coast.  However if you own a vessel, have you taken measures to secure it when it’s not in use?

Marine Crime

Here are a few ways in which you can make your boat and equipment more secure and safe:

Boat Shield

  • To help stamp out boat crime Suffolk and Norfolk Police have also joined forces with local boatyards, chandlers, clubs and groups and launched BoatShield. If you are a boat owner, look out for BoatShield information point within boatyards, chandlers, as well as at boating clubs and groups across the Waveney Area.
  • If you are unlucky enough to have a boat or equipment stolen, you can register  the theft with Contact your local Police or Insurers and ask that they add the item on your behalf. StolenBoats is an online database, all the information is provided by the marine Insurance industry and the Police and is cross-checked with the Police National Computer.

Fire Safety on BoatsEvery year during Boat Fire Safety Week (May/June), safety on boats and fire safety in particular, is highlighted all week.  Whilst a fire is unlikely on a boat that is well maintained, boaters can be caught unawares or put in a difficult situation, if a fire does occur.

Download this leaflet for tips and advice on how to protect your boat and crew from fire, and what to do should a fire break out.

  • Suffolk Fire and Rescue also has lots of fire prevention Suffolk Fire Boat Safety image
    information including advice about fire on boats

  • Each year boaters die or are made seriously ill from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning – Boats are built to keep water out, but this also makes them good containers for gases and fumes.  Here is some advice on how to protect everyone on your boat against this ‘silent killer’.
  • Breathing in a space filled with toxic fumes and smoke is like Carbon Monoxide Warning posterdrowning out of the water. Two breaths and you could be unconscious. Fit smoke alarms if you stay aboard your boat.

Below are more tips to help keep you, your boat and your property safe:

  • Wearing life jackets, the RYA has recommendations.
  • Respect the water, is the RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign. It highlights the risks, helps you avoid them and gives advice to keep you and those around you safe
  • RLSS has advice on what to do if you spot someone in trouble in the water
  • Keep your boat keys separate from your engine keys
  • Don’t leave your keys in the ignition – always take them with you
  • Always keep your boat locked when no-one is on board
  • Never leave anything valuable on display
  • Don’t leave anything loose in the cockpit or on deck
  • Use strong padlocks or rim locks on all your hatches, entry points and cockpit lockers
  • Keep a list of all the serial numbers on valuables and property mark them with your home postcode and register them on Immobilise.
  • Register all electrical appliances and regularly check witboat-fire1h Suffolk Trading Standards for all product recalls. A recent boat fire shows what can happen if you don’t know that a product you have on board has been recalled.
  • Remember to review and improve the security on your boat regularly. Locks will need replacing as well as property marking your valuables
  • Remove outboards during winter months

The RNLI and the Boat Safety Scheme also have lots of helpful and useful safety and sailing advice and information.

And remember, always wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid at all times
whilst on the boat or near the water’s edge

Darker Nights – Protect your property and valuables

When the clocks go back on Sunday 30 October 2016, residents are encouraged to ‘switch on’ to some simple crime prevention tactics. This is also the time of year when there is the possibility of lots of people going out and enjoying Halloween/Firework Parties.

Lights on Timers

Dark Nights

As darkness now descends earlier in the day we want to help people ensure that they don’t advertise that their homes are open to thieves by leaving their home in darkness or leave their property and valuables unsecured.

Leaving your house in total darkness is a sure sign no-one’s at home and an invitation to burglars.  Burglars look for quick win opportunities; they don’t want to run the risk of a confrontation so simply leaving a light on to give the impression someone is at home is often enough to deter them.

Timer switches can also be fitted to operate radios and lights if you’re not back from work until after dark or if you’re away for a few days.  Leaving a light on costs literally pence in electricity – and that pales into insignificance compared to the hundreds of pounds in insurance excess you might have to pay should your home be broken into.  A high proportion of all break-ins are as a result of properties being left insecure so checking all windows and doors are locked before leaving the house is crucial.  Other home security essentials are to use your burglar alarm if you have one – it’s amazing how many households don’t bother – and also to never leave a spare key under the doormat or a flowerpot.  Burglars will always look there first so it’s not much of a ‘hiding place’.


Suffolk Police advise most burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves who will search a neighbourhood for homes that look empty or dark, with access to back gardens. They also look out for windows that have been left open and unlocked doors.

By following a few simple steps, you can reduce the chances of becoming a victim of burglary.

Anyone wishing to find out more about Crime Prevention Advice and Home Security should contact their local Crime Prevention Officer at Suffolk Police on 101.

101 is the number to call when you want to contact Suffolk Police when it’s less urgent, however in an emergency always call 999.

There are a number of other celebrations at this time of the year too.

Diwali (also known as the Festival of Lights) is one such celebration. Diwali is a Diwali Picturereligious festival including Hindu, Sikh and Jain faiths which begins on Wednesday 11 November and continues for 5 days until Sunday 15 November.  This brings an opportunity for houses and businesses to be renovated and decorated and is also a time of much celebration with feasts. Diwali is also a time when fireworks are permitted until 1am the next day

There are visits to family and friends houses and women often dress in luxurious silks and this is also when gifts of gold jewellery are often exchanged and worn. Unfortunately this is also a time when there is the potential for a significant increase in families having gold and other jewellery in their houses, and in their possession, which could lead to an increase in the offences whereby Asian gold is targeted.


Ipswich and Suffolk Indian Association (ISIA) can provide more information about Diwali and other celebrations

In the past Police Forces nationally have experienced an increase of jewellery thefts during this period.  In particular, some Asian communities are often hit harder by thefts as their jewellery is often made of purer gold which has a higher value.  Hampshire Police have helpfully produced some essential messages in a range of languages, these are linked below:

Asian Gold Thefts

  • Gold Burglary LeafletEnglish 
  • Gold Burglary LeafletHindi
  • Gold Burglary Leaflet – Bengali
  • Gold Burglary Leaflet – Punjabi
  • Gold Burglary Leaflet – Urdu
  • Gold Burglary Leaflet – Nepalese



Dealing with Rural Crime

Suffolk is one of the safest places to live and work and the chances that you, your family or your neighbours will become a victim of crime are low. Suffolk is also a very rural county and incidents of ‘rural’ or ‘agricultural’ crime do occur and these incidents are taken extremely seriously by Suffolk Police.  Officers work with partners and landowners to provide advice and assistance to ensure that all is done to prevent rural crimes from occurring.

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Rural Crime Survey 2015

RFU Crime Map 2015

Reporting Suspicious Activity

  •  All communities are asked to remain vigilant and report suspicious behaviour to the police
  • Report individuals asking specific questions about, or taking pictures of, a facility or a farm’s processes
  • Report any attempts to purchase fertilisers, diesel, herbicides or pesticides by those not authorised or suspicious individuals
  • Take the registration number of any suspicious vehicles

Police Connect

To keep up-to-date with all the latest information about crime and policing issues in your area of Suffolk, sign up to the Free messaging service, Police Connect. To speak to someone at Suffolk Police, call the 101 non emergency telephone number.

However in an emergency always call 999 

Tractor/Equipment Security

Tractor equipmentAll property, including tractors/JCBs etc, should be uniquely marked, photographed and recorded somewhere safe. Details should include serial, chassis and model numbers.

Suffolk Police have a wide range of useful rural crime information, with topics range from equipment security to hare coursing, available on their website.

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You can download the Suffolk Police Rural Crime Booklet which contains lots of useful information on Police rural crime initiatives. Suffolk Police also has a rural crime section and you can follow them on Twitter @RuralCrimeSfk

Fertiliser/Fuel Storage

Where possible store all fertiliser inside a dedicated locked building or compound.

Chemical Storage Bags

  • Do not leave fertiliser where it is visible to the public
  • Do not sell fertiliser unless the purchaser is known by you to be a bona-fide farmer or user
  • Record fertiliser deliveries and usage and carryout regular stock takes and Report immediately any stock discrepancy or loss to the police
  • Record any manufacturer code numbers from the bags and detonation resistance test certificates as you may be required to present them

Thefts from oil and diesel tanks are also on the increase. Here is some previously published information which suggests some simple steps to take to protect your storage tanks.

Watch Schemes

HorsewatchIn Suffolk there are a number of  ‘Watch’ schemes including: Farm Watch, Horse Watch, Allotment Watch, as well as the widely known Neighbourhood Watch. To read more about all about the different watch schemes and about how to join one, go to the Suffolk Police website.

The Charity Crimestoppers also launched the largest social media campaign in its 26 year history, specifically aimed at rural crime. Rural crime represents a major challenge to our society and it costs the United Kingdom in the region of £42,000,000 a year and this makes it a very lucrative source of income for the criminals.

The Health and Safety Executive has more information on farm safety and on the storage and transportation of fertilisers, particularly ammonium nitrate. They also have a multi-agency Leaflet about fertiliser storage.

Other useful sources of information about tackling Rural Crime include:

NFU Mutual
Farmers Guardian
Farmers Weekly
Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner

Shed and Garage Security

Losing property from your shed or garage can be costly and inconvenient, but tools from the shed can also be used to break into your house, therefore good security is essential.

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Please take a few moments to consider the security of your shed using the following points, or download this Shed and Garage Security leaflet :

  • Make sure that the shed/garage is in good condition.  If the building is in poor condition, even the best locks won’t protect what is inside.
  • Make sure that the screws are concealed on fittings and hinges.
  • Fit mesh or bars inside the windows or board them up if you don’t use them.
  • Padlocks should be at least 6cm/2.5inches wide, hardened steel and closed shackle.
  • Lock the doors – even when you are at home.
  • Lock large items together with a good quality lock ( or attach to them a shed shackle or ground anchor (
  • Get a battery powered alarm or upgrade the house alarm to include outbuildings.
  • If you have a garage with a side access as well as an up and over door, consider fitting padlocks to the runners of the up and over door to prevent it from being opened.
  • Consider extra security for the garage (

Further Security Tips:

When thinking about security, the Met Police and other Police Forces have put together a number of helpful YouTube videos.  One in particular by the Met Police is specifically about shed security.

Lockit_CheckitSuffolk Police have an ongoing home security campaign ‘Close it – Lock it – Check it’.  By following their simple precautions, you can reduce the chance of becoming a victim of burglary. If you would like to speak to someone about home security contact your Local Crime Reduction Officer on 101.

There are a number of ways to report incidents:

  • by using the Suffolk Police ‘report a crime’ webpage
  • by calling the Police 101 non emergency line
  • by reporting issues to Crimestoppers via their website
  • by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on:

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Do not use the Police Non Emergency line in an emergency, or in a situation that requires an immediate police response


Festive Season Celebrations

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We want people to enjoy themselves this Festive Season, however in partnership with Suffolk Police and other Partners we have produced a number of ‘Staying Safe This Christmas‘ messages.  A summary of the main points are below.

Consider your own personal safety

Arrange a meeting point and agree a time in case you get separated from your friends. Drink too much and you are likely to feel disorientated and you cannot always rely on mobile phones, so it’s a good idea to make sure your battery is fully charged before going out.

Look After Your Valuables

Unfortunately thefts do happen and they are more likely to occur if you have had lots of alcohol and you may not be aware of what’s going on around you.

  • If you do leave things of value in your car put them out of sight in the boot and make sure you lock your vehicle
  • Don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket

Moderate your alcohol consumption

The best way to avoid problems from alcohol is to stay within the recommended limits. So be mindful of what and how much you are drinking. Don’t ruin your enjoyment of the festive season by overdoing it.

Under the influence of alcohol you are more likely to find yourself in a vulnerable situation

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Stay Safe This Christmas

Stay Safe

As in previous years, Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Police Community Safety Teams, together with many Partners, have put together this year’s Christmas Advent Calendar Campaign.  The aim of the campaign is to communicate, inform and generate more awareness about Social Responsibility and Staying Safe.

Staying Safe this Christmas campaign messages are about personal safety, property and home security, alcohol misuse, vulnerable people, and much much more.  Individual messages will published in a traditional Advent Calendar style on Social Media via Safer Suffolk Communities Facebook page and on Twitter via @SaferSuffolk using the hashtag #StaySafeThisChristmas.

We cannot hope to deliver all we would wish to achieve without the support of all of our Partners, so we would like to say a big Thank You to everyone for their input.   I would also like to encourage everyone reading this Blog to circulate it and Re-Tweet and Share the daily Advent Calendar messages to your colleagues, networks, family and friends.

The first Stay Safe This Christmas tip is from Suffolk Trading Standards.

When purchasing Christmas presents there is a website you can use to search for genuine products from brand owner approved shops. 

So as it’s 1 December, go ahead and click on the Advent Calendar window below to open the Christmas Staying Safe link for today.  Keep following us Twitter and Facebook for each new #StaySafeThisChristmas message.

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Be careful when purchasing gifts on-line

Stop Loan Sharks

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) are promoting the Stop Loan Sharks Campaign messages from today 30 November 2015 and will run until Christmas.

Dont get bitten by a loan shark

The IMLT lead the campaign with support from partner organisations. The IMLT want to ensure that everyone knows what a loan shark is, and more importantly, how to report one. IMLT works with other organisations to get the message out to those borrowing from loan sharks, especially in the run up to Christmas.

What is a Loan Shark?

A Loan Shark is someone who lends money without the correct permissions. These Loan Sharkpermissions are granted by the Financial Conduct Authority. Loan Sharks rarely, if ever, give any paperwork and if payments are missed they often use intimidation and violence to get money from their ‘clients’. The Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) is here to help. If you have any information, however small, on loan shark activities they can help.

  • Have you been offered a cash loan?
  • Have you been threatened when you couldn’t pay?
  • Has your bank card been taken from you as a security?
  • Does what you owe keep growing even though you are making payments?

If you can answer yes to any of the above then you may have been bitten by a loan shark. If you, or anyone you know, is experiencing any of the above or has any knowledge of loan shark activities then contact the Loan Shark Team IN CONFIDENCE.

Contact is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on:

Telephone: 0300 555 2222
or by text to: loan(space)shark(space) + your message to 60003

You can also find out more about Stop Loan Sharks by following them on Twitter @LoanSharkNews or by visiting

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