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Here are tips to prevent your Sea-Doo from being stolen

Thefts of personal watercrafts on and near Lake Simcoe on the rise, including a Sea-Doo from a boat lift on Cook's Bay last weekend, South Simcoe Police say
A Sea-Doo similar to the one shown here was stolen from a Pleasantview Place address on Cooks Bay sometime between 6 p.m. May 28 and 6 p.m. May 29.

With thefts of personal watercraft in and around Lake Simcoe on the rise, South Simcoe Police are providing theft prevention tips.

The theft of a 2020 Sea-Doo Spark TRIXX from a boat lift on Pleasantview Place at Cooks Bay between 6 p.m. Sunday, May 28 and 6 p.m. May 29 prompted police to issue the caution.

The stolen vessel is a three-seater, red and black, with the licence plate ON7175861. Police are requesting that residents in the area of Gilford review any security camera footage and report any suspicious activity seen for the 24-hour period beginning May 28 at 6 p.m.

Police are also interested in speaking with citizens in Cooks Bay, Holland River and Keswick who may have witnessed a Sea-Doo matching the description being removed from the water at a local boat ramp during the same time period.

You can contact police at 705-436-2141 or email the investigating officer, PC Dave Stea, at [email protected].

Some tips to prevent theft are:

  • If your watercraft is equipped with an electronic anti-theft device ensure you use it.
  • Keep keys and lanyards stored separately and secure.
  • Invest in a quality cable or chain lock and secure your machine to a dock or lift when unattended.
  • If you store your watercraft on a trailer, the best advice is keep your machine out of sight. Storing a machine in a driveway is inviting to thieves. If you must store the machine in the open ensure your trailer is locked and consider parking in an area that is covered by cameras or within sight of a watchful neighbour.
  • Consider keeping up-to-date photographs of your machine and copies of the bill of sale along with the hull identification number (HIN), engine serial numbers and Transport Canada vessel registration number.
  • If you buy a new machine or change your address, ensure you update your information with Transport Canada and your local dealer. Should your machine be stolen this information assists police in recovery of your machine. Any delay in obtaining this information delays police flagging the machine as stolen and potentially prevents the timely recovery of it. Every year police across Canada recover used power sports equipment that has not been properly registered. This creates a challenge for police to reunite a machine with the lawful owner.