Reminder to Secure Boats
The City of Melville is urging residents to secure their boats after a recent theft was reported to the Community Safety Service (CSS).
On Sunday, 1 April 2012 at 8.00am a resident spotted two males in their late teens trying to find an unsecured boat along the shore at the intersection of Blackwall Reach and Beach Street in Bicton. The two males were eventually successful, took one of the boats and started rowing downstream.
City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the resident called the CSS and two patrol cars were despatched to the site.
“Upon arrival, the CSS officers spotted the two males in the boat returning to shore, but the thieves spotted the CSS officers and continued rowing downstream,” he said.
“The CSS officers contacted the Water Police with information the two males were heading towards Mosman Park. Water Police soon found the boat, but the two males had fled on foot.
“The timely action of the CSS patrol officers resulted in the boat being retrieved and provided a reliable description of the two males for the police to follow up.
“I urge residents to ensure their boats are secured onshore to avoid incidents like this in the future.
“I would like to thank the resident for alerting the CSS of this particular incident, as their action helps achieve the City’s shared vision of a Safer Melville.”
The CSS is a 24 hours, seven day a week mobile patrol service, with someone available always available to talk to. If you spot suspicious behaviour, contact the CSS on 1300 653 643. For more information about the CSS visit http://www.melvillecity.com.au/safermelville.