Thefts force yacht clubs to boost security
THE Aberdeen Marina Club and Club Marina Cove have stepped up security following the theft of two pleasure boats this year.
A $460,000 luxury cruiser was reported stolen in January from the Causeway Bay typhoon shelter near the Royal Hongkong Yacht Club moorings, according to the Assistant Divisional Commander at the Marine Harbour Division, Mr Fred Siu.
On February 10, a second boat - a luxury Dyna 53 cruiser - was reported stolen from its mooring near the Aberdeen Marina Club.
Forty-nine luxury boats and junks were reported stolen last year.
Although the Aberdeen Marina Club has not lost any pleasure craft, it has tightened its security, doubling the number of guards on night patrol to eight plus a commander.
''We doubled the night shift in February when we heard about a second theft, but our extra precautions are just to be on the safe side, and to ensure the privacy of our live-aboards at 26 moorings,'' said Mr Dennis Young, dock master at the club.
The theft of pleasure craft in Hongkong is unusual because the boats are big and easily identified, and without marinas along the Pearl River in China, there is nowhere to take stolen boats.
Security has also been tightened at Club Marina Cove in Sai Kung for this weekend's Hongkong Boat Show.
A spokesman for the club, Mr Tsang Shue-shan, said more than 30 security guards were stationed around the clock at the display area where more than 30 of the world's finest luxury boats and yachts are on show, including the Azimut boat from Italy boasting a $32 million price tag.
The Aberdeen Boat Club also stepped up its security following the theft of a Chinese-built junk last year and after a spate of break-ins and minor thefts.