GARDAÍ are once again advising owners of marine equipment in West Cork to be vigilant and to ensure their property is secure.
This new warning follows the latest theft of marine equipment, as over €23,000 of property was taken from Bantry Sailing Club in Seafield on April 29th.
At approximately 1.50am, several items were stolen from the sailing club, including a 15HP Honda Outboard Engine, a Honway inflatable boat which is grey with a blue nose and a Mariner OB Engine.
A inflatable tender dinghy which is light blue/light grey in colour was also stolen and the wheels which were used to transport it were also stolen – with the name Scanlon written on them.
A Suzuki OB engine, as well as Suzuki DF 2.5 black OB engine with a PPS number engraved on the back of the motor, were also stolen, along with a rubber inflatable boat with the name ‘Mischief’ inscribed on the seat and the two paddles.
‘We need to get the warnings out there to marine property owners in the West Cork region that they must take steps to ensure their property is secure, identified and not easily removed,’ said Sgt Ian O’Callaghan, crime prevention officer for West Cork.
Thieves also struck in Schull on April 28th where a red fuel tank was stolen from a boat at Colla Pier between 9.30am and 8.30pm and gardaí in Schull are currently investigating the theft.
The launch of the Mizen Coastal Watch last summer highlighted the increase in marine crime, especially over the summer months and its aim is to assist in the prevention of the theft of marine equipment and leisure craft.
Gardaí in Bantry investigating the thefts from Bantry Sailing Club are asking members of the public to contact them on (027) 20860 if they noticed anything suspicious on the night.