Records indicate that stealing's from vessels have been occurring for over 110 years.
Bram Stoker wrote about them in his novel which indicates that the phenomenon was started by Count Dracula in Transylvania and then went to England many years later.
However, it's not the vessels that Dracula targeted that I am writing about.
It's the vessel's that adorn the front yards of many places around the Shoalhaven.
While I go for my daily 20km run (this may or may not be true) I look around and see many tinnies on trailers in front yards, standing like silent sentinels guarding the driveway.
In reality, they are guarding nothing, not even the property that has been left within the vessel.
Lifejackets, fire extinguishers, tackle and fishing rods are just some of the items that get stolen regularly.
Not everyone has a backyard big enough to put a boat in.
If you have to keep your boat in the front yard, please remove the lifejackets, tackle, rods etc from the boat and secure the items somewhere safe.
Also, it would be wise to fit one of those anti-theft devices to the tow ball of the trailer.
Electronic information: To some, getting themselves out there in the social media is a great thing.
Being able to see what your friends are doing is fantastic.
Being able to tell your friends what you are up to and where you are going is what we do now days, and the ease at which we can communicate now is terrific, however too much info may not be so good.
We all know that what is put online stays online, be careful what you say about upcoming holidays, special events, when and where you will be if it's away from home etc.
Remember not everyone that reads your posts is your friend.
There are those who look for information that might indicate when you are out of the house, what toys you have such as boats/jet skis/cars.
There have been instances of people going on holidays, posting the fact and ending up with their house broken into or property stolen.
It doesn't happen all the time however it is just something that you should keep in your mind the next time you get onto social media.
P.S. Please keep vigilant when receiving emails/texts etc requesting your banking details.
There are many scams going about. Don't become a victim.
That's all the excitement for this week.
Remember you can Dob in a Druggie any time you like by contacting Nowra Police or ringing Crime Stoppers. Do not drink and drive. As always, in case of an emergency call 000. In non-emergencies call the Policelink on 131 444 or your local police station. To provide anonymous information call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000. For domestic and family violence information, visit www.police.nsw.gov.au. For Shoalhaven Domestic Violence officers call 4421 9666 or 4421 9665 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't forget, cops are tops.
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