There is widespread theft of dinghy in the summer months, said the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), which added that the trend has resumed.
It stated that, already, there are a number of reports about dinghy theft in Cane Garden Bay and Road Town.
The RVIPF, in a media release today (July 20), did not give a specific figure.
“A number of reports were made within the last week of missing dinghies docked at marinas in Road Town and Cane Garden Bay.”
“Annually, RVIPF records an increase in reported theft of boat and parts – primarily engines – during the summer months,” added the RVIPF.
It, in the meantime, make a special appeal to parents and guardians. “Parents and guardians are encouraged to ensure that youngsters are engaged in wholesome activities during their vacation. Premises should be searched regularly for any strange or unexplained items.”
The RVIPF also urged dinghy owners to exercise caution. “Police are reminding boat and dinghy owners to consistently lock and secure these vessels to docks and yachts as theft of these items are beginning to rise. Charters boat companies are also urged to instruct visitors and guests to do the same.”
“Anyone with information about possible suspects or these stolen items is asked to contact the RVIPF Intelligence Unit at 368-9339 or detectives within the Criminal Investigations Department through the RVIPF three-digit access number 311,” added the RVIPF.