The 350 mile long Essex coast is the second longest coastline of any English county. With the River Thames Estuary to the south, the county has other navigable waterways including the rivers Lee and Stort in the west, the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation to the east.
Marine Watch is offered as a service to the marine and freshwater communities. It is aimed at boat owners, persons who partake in water based activities, or services, local members of the public and also visitors to the coast and internal waterways of Essex.
Marine Watch aims
To reduce any criminal activity, vandalism or theft within the community.
To foster community spirit amongst marine and waterway users and local residents .
Develop and encourage closer liaison between the marine and freshwater communities, Essex Police, and partner agencies.
To encourage the use of crime prevention measures and educate those who use, live, work or visit the Essex coast or waterways.
To encourage the reporting of all suspicious activity, including Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery.
To protect and encourage the reporting of terrorist activity within the marine and waterways of Essex
What Marine Watch will do
Liaise with Community Marine Watch Members through a dedicated Essex Watch Liaison Officer (EWLO).
Provide members with information in relation to relevant crimes.
Provide advice regarding security measures.
Inform members of relevant news and events
Work with key partners, such as Essex Waterways Ltd, Canal & River Trust , local councils, local communities and neighbouring forces to tackle marine related crime.
To join, please return the completed form overleaf by post to:
Include information such as incident location including landmarks or your phone’s GPS location. You can use the free What3Words smartphone application to pinpoint your location anywhere in the world to a 3 metre square with three words.
Provide as much detail as possible about what you have seen and heard, such as descriptions of persons seen, vehicles (including make, model, colour, registration, direction of travel)