Operation Kraken – Waterborne Crime

Project Kraken

What is Project Kraken?

Do you live on the coast, work in the marine industry, own a boat or take part in waterborne activities? Project Kraken is a national police maritime crime and counter-terrorism strategy linked to other police forces, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and the Serious And Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). It provides a reporting system which protects the UK coastline against terrorism, serious organised crime such as human and drugs trafficking and the theft of boats and equipment. In times of increased terrorist threat levels or a stolen boat report we may contact you with information about what to look for. Enrol online here today, watch the Project Kraken video and help keep our coastline and your boat and its equipment safe!

The current UK terrorist threat level is substantial – an attack is a strong possibility so please view the Security Service (MI5) “What You Can Do” advice and the “What To Look For” information below.

Please report anything suspicious or which looks out of place by calling your local Police on 101 or confidentially on the Anti-Terrorist Hotline or Crimestoppers numbers below. To report a crime in progress or an imminent threat always call 999!


What to look for – do not take direct action or reveal your suspicions!

  • Boats with names or identification numbers painted out, altered or erased
  • People or packages landed or disembarked from boats in unusual locations and transferred into waiting vehicles. Why are they suspicious? Note times, locations, descriptions of vessels, persons, including boat names, sail numbers, hull colours or other distinctive markings. If vehicles are seen note make, registration, colour and nationality
  • Boats moving late at night or early in the morning in suspicious circumstances, showing little or no navigational lighting or signalling to persons or vehicles ashore
  • Boats which may be overloaded, appear low in the water, contain people who do not appear to be able to handle the vessel or are inadequately dressed for the prevailing weather conditions
  • Boats containing people who appear to be engaged in unusual boat handling techniques such as recovering swimmers or divers from the water
  • Rigid inflatable boats moving at unusual times or seen in unusual locations and fitted with extra fuel tanks
  • Suspicious requests to buy or store large amounts of fuel, satellite navigational equipment, gas bottles, chemicals, uniforms or badges
  • Suspicious or unfamiliar persons seen in marinas or coastal areas carrying tools, paying attention to or taking photographs of vessels with high value items such as engines and electronic navigational equipment
  • Suspicious persons who ask questions about security procedures or who are observed filming/taking photographs/making notes or drawing diagrams of: military/police/security facilities, vulnerable public areas such as bridges, tourist attractions, shopping, restaurant or passenger processing, embarkation/disembarkation routes at cruise ship, ferry terminals or docking facilities
  • Suspicious persons seen to abandon a vehicle onboard a ferry and walk ashore or who leave a vehicle in an unusual position in areas of high volume public or passenger access
  • Suspicious vessels observed entering maritime restricted areas or seen in close proximity to large cargo or passenger vessels whilst underway or at anchor
  • Suspicious persons seeking unusual instruction on the water such as diving, hiring powerboats, inflatable RHIBS or yachts. Who are they and where are they from? Obtain as much information as possible

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