INVESTIGATORS are hoping the public release of footage depicting a white car can help them track down those responsibile for a Port Stephens boat robbery.
Officers released the footage on Wednesday as they continue inquiries into the June 18 theft from outside a Bagnalls Beach Road property at Corlette. '
A white Trailcraft vessel was taken shortly before 11am, with Marine Area Command police commencing an investigation.
The footage shows a white vehicle travelling along Salamander Way in Corlette, and police are hopeful they can track down the driver.
"Investigators believe the male driver could assist with their inquiries," police said in a statement.
"The vehicle has been described as a white Nissan Navara utility 2010-2012 model, with a black bull bar, and black and yellow NSW number plates."
Police have also urged boat owners to ensure vehicles are secured to deter would-be thieves.
Some of their suggestions include:
- Security devices installed on boats should be resistant to water, salt and humidity.
- Install locks on your vessels. Marine dealers carry special exterior hatch locks. When fastened with a quality padlock, one of these improves security.
- To enhance window security, locksmiths carry a variety of special, small locks and fasteners, which can be used to increase the security of other types of windows. For sliding windows, place a length of doweling in the track to prevent the window from being forced open.
- If your boat is kept in the water, use a marina with full time security and/or good lighting.
- If you are leaving your boat for long periods of time, ensure that someone else is able to check your boat on a regular basis.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.