The warmer good fishing weather is almost here, and I already know that some of our keener fishermen have been out to our magnificent waterways chasing our piscatorial gems.
However, there is a dark side to fishing that people do not think about.
If you have a boat and go out fishing, have a think about where you leave your vessel when you are at home.
If you leave the vessel out the front in your driveway or the street, make an effort and remove the rods, tackle and any unsecured fuel tanks and motors.
It does not take long for a crook to syphon some petrol or remove fishing gear from an open tinny on a trailer in the middle of the night.
This type of stealing is becoming more prevalent as there are more vessels being prepped for the oncoming summer.
It's hard to get up at 4 in the morning to go fishing and have to load the boat beforehand, however have a think of how you would feel if you backed the boat down onto the boat ramp and found that your rods were gone or worse.
What would happen if you ran out of fuel out in the bay?
Remember you can Dob in a Druggie any time you like by contacting Nowra Police or
ringing Crime Stoppers. Do not drink and drive. As always, in case of an emergency call 000. In non-emergencies call the Policelink on 131 444 or your local police station. To provide anonymous information call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000. For domestic and family violence information, visit www.police.nsw.gov.au. For Shoalhaven Domestic Violence officers call 4421 9666 or 4421 9665 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't forget, cops are tops.