Increase in Boat Thefts in Bethel Island Area

 (FRIDAY 11/2/12) –  The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff Marine Services Unit is investigating an increase of boat thefts in the Bethel Island area. In the month of October alone, there were six reported cases of boat thefts.

The thefts happened on Dutch Slough Road, Sandmound Boulevard and Sandmound Slough.  Two of the boats have been recovered without their outboard engines;  the others remain outstanding.  In one case, a 20-foot Stratos fishing boat was stolen on October 28, 2012 from the 5000 block of Sandmound Boulevard. That boat (photo attached) is still outstanding.

“The Marine Services Unit has increased patrols in the area,” said Sheriff David O. Livingston. “We would like for boaters and people in the area to be vigilant and to report suspicious people and activity to the Office of the Sheriff.”

The Marine Services Unit would like to offer boaters some tips on helping to safeguard their boats and property:

-Secure all valuable items. Lock them away and keep them out of sight.

-Do not leave outboard motors attached. They are being targeted.

Secure them properly.

-Take photographs of your boat and expensive equipment.

-Mark or engrave your property with your driver’s license or identification number or

vessel registration number (CF number).

-Be sure to record the serial numbers of your boat and equipment.

-Consider a boat alarm.

For more information, please call:

Lieutenant Doug Powell, Marine Services Unit, (925) 427-8598