Holidaymakers and residents in Tendring in Essex can rest assured this summer that its Beach Patrol will have their boats and lifesaving equipment safely protected by a new scheme to deter marine theft.
Initiated by Tendring District Council (TDC) and Seaxe Investigation and Training Consultants, the scheme involves marking vital marine vessels along the Tendring coastline belonging to the Beach Patrol.
These include jet-skis and rigid inflatable boats which will be identified with a forensic marking solution called SelectaDNA.
It is also used to mark other marine items at risk of being stolen such as outboard engines, trailers, fuel tanks, and navigation systems.
SelectaDNA is a unique formula of synthetic DNA, UV tracer and microdots that can be easily applied to any item without damaging or devaluing it. Warning signs and stickers are displayed to deter theft.
The craft is then registered on a secure, national Police-approved database to a specific owner.
If the worst happens and the vessel is stolen and later recovered, police can reunite it with the real owner quickly and easily via the unique forensic signature in the solution.
Marine theft usually peaks during summer months when there are more rich pickings on show for would-be thieves.
Nick Turner, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Commercialisation, Seafronts and Parking, said: “Every year thousands of visitors come to our resorts at Clacton, Frinton, Walton, Dovercourt and Brightlingsea and we employ a team of beach patrollers dedicated to keeping the seafront areas as enjoyable and safe as possible.
“This is only possible if we have all our vital equipment at hand, for immediate use when needed.
“The use of SelectaDNA will help us ensure that our boats and equipment will be ready to deal with the 1,000 plus incidents we are likely to encounter by the end of the season.”
Police Forces throughout the UK regularly advise boat owners to secure their vessels properly, paying particular attention to outboard engines, the most commonly stolen marine item.
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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