Police are putting out a warning to boat owners after a spree of robberies at local yacht clubs.
There have been over 30 reports of boats being broken into in the last three months, according to Halifax Regional Police. Most have taken place at the Armdale Yacht Club and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, though one was reported at the Bedford Yacht Club.
Police fear the actual number may be higher since some people only check their boats sporadically during the winter and might not yet know they were robbed.
“Often times there’s not a lot of activity around these locations,” said spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter.
Thefts have involved items ranging from electronics to nautical supplies to alcohol. Police are urging people to remove valuables from boats when not in use, make regular checks of their boats and report any thefts or suspicious activity to police.
Palmeter said this is one of the two busiest times of the year for thieves who target boats.
“This is a bit of a higher spike than I ever recall seeing,” he said.
“But typically what we also get in the spring is we’ll get a bit of a spike once the boats are out at the moorings.”