The organisers of Falmouth's Boat Watch scheme are warning water users to take some simple steps to cut the chances of crime.

Saying that it’s the time of year where there is an increase in reported marine crime, they are asking people to remove valuables from boats, ecure property where possible, and to record serial numbers, makes and models and if possible photograph equipment.

The request comes after a rash of thefts.

On Thursday June 4-13 there was a break in to a boat at located off Falmouth Road, Penryn. Entry was gained to a Maxun 1800 SR3 by lifting up the canvas cover. Engine parts were removed from the boat including distributor and ignition parts. Ref CR/080868/14.

On Thursday, June 12 to 18, an outboard engine was stolen from Pill Creek near Devoran/Feock. A 15HP 2 stroke Yamaha engine approx 10 years old was stolen along with a red 25 litre fuel can and fuel lines. Ref CR/82459/14

On Sunday, June 15,  a dinghy close to maritime buildings located off Falmouth Road, Penryn, was stolen. The dinghy was light grey 8ft long, with a wooden floor and the words Laura May written on it. Ref R/81845/14.

On Sunday, June 15, youths were seen attempting to untie dinghies from Fish Strand Quay in Falmouth

On Monday, June 16 a dinghy was stolen from Durgan. It was later recovered by the owner.

If anyone has information regarding the crimes, contact police with the reference numbers listed above.

If you are interested in Devon and Cornwall Police branded outboard engine covers they are available at Macsalvors Boathouse, Robin Curnow’s, Helford River Boats and Mylor Chandlery.

Marine microdot marking kits are also available at all the above stores and also Challenger Marine.