CCTV released after boat stolen near Port Stephens

Police have released CCTV footage as inquiries continue into the stealing of boat near Port Stephens earlier this month.

Just before 11am on Thursday 18 June 2020, a white Trailcraft vessel was stolen from outside a home on Bagnalls Beach Road, Corlette.

Officers from the Marine Area Command were notified and commenced an investigation.

As part of their inquiries, officers have released CCTV of a white vehicle travelling on Salamander Way, Corlette, in an appeal to locate the driver.

Investigators believe the male driver could assist with their inquiries.

The vehicle has been described as a white Nissan Navara utility 2010-2012 model, with a black bull bar, and black and yellow NSW numberplates.

Boat owners are also advised to ensure their vessels are properly secured to reduce the risk of theft. Other safety tips include:

  • Security devices installed on boats should be resistant to water, salt and humidity.
  • Install locks on your vessels. Marine dealers carry special exterior hatch locks. When fastened with a quality padlock, one of these improves security.
  • To enhance window security, locksmiths carry a variety of special, small locks and fasteners, which can be used to increase the security of other types of windows. For sliding windows, place a length of doweling in the track to prevent the window from being forced open.
  • If your boat is kept in the water, use a marina with full time security and/or good lighting.
  • If you are leaving your boat for long periods of time, ensure that someone else is able to check your boat on a regular basis.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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