Nova Scotia

Thieves steal canoes, kayaks in HRM

There have been several instances of stolen canoes, kayaks and small boats in Halifax this summer.

There have been several instances of stolen canoes, kayaks and small boats in Halifax this year.

Halifax Regional Police say there have been 22 thefts so far.

In some cases, the boats were secured, but police say in most cases they were not.

Const. Brian Palmeter said there are a number of steps owners can take to prevent theft, such as asking neighbours to keep an eye on property while owners are out of town and making sure belongings are locked.

He said it's possible to increase the chances that a stolen item will be returned through a couple of simple steps.

"It's important to remember to note down serial numbers and take pictures of their items and note any special features such as damage or any special add-ons, which makes it easier to identify should we recover it."

He said the boats are likely sold as used items to unsuspecting buyers.

"If there's a serial number, check the serial number and contact police to make sure," said Palmeter.

"Unfortunately, often times people don't note the serial numbers of their kayaks or canoes, and sometimes they may not even have them, but certainly if there is they can take those steps to make sure they're not stolen."

Palmeter said in all but two cases the stolen canoes, kayaks and small boats have not been recovered.

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