04:45AM, Wednesday 27 February 2013
Boat owners are being warned to take extra precautions following a crime wave along the Thames.
It is now two months since the charity Swan Lifeline at Eton had engines stolen from two of its boats on Cuckoo Weir Island, limiting its work rescuing sick and injured birds.
Last week an outboard motor and 25 litre fuel tank was taken from a boat in Marlborough Road, Maidenhead.
Police have revealed that thefts like this are now becoming a real problem on the river.
Central Windsor's Acting Inspector Neil Misselbrook has teamed up with Thames Valley Police's crime reduction and prevention advisor Anne Chalmers to prepare a list of guidelines for boat owners.
Meanwhile boat owners are being urged to make sure they have the make, model and serial number of their outboard motors and engines recorded safely.
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