A million viewers tune in to Crimewatch focus on stolen tackle

A TV programme dedicated to dealing with the growing problem of fishing tackle theft attracted over one million viewers.

Hundreds of anglers have had their equipment stolen by crooks in recent years and in a bit to help stop the worrying trend bosses at BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow featured the topic in a recent episode.

Over 10-minutes of in-depth footage was used to address the issue, with anglers and tackle shop bosses who had been affected by crime discussing their experiences and offering advice on how viewers could avoid falling foul of thieves.

Among those interviewed were top all-rounder Jan Porter who had thousands of pounds worth of kit stolen during a raid last year.

The Shimano-backed star was left devastated after priceless items were taken and believes the exposure given by BBC One could play a major role in putting a stop to widespread tackle theft.

He said: “Any coverage that our sport can get on terrestrial TV is great but for the BBC to recognise just how precious fishing tackle is to its owners was particularly pleasing.

“The crew and presenter were genuinely interested in the issues that were dogging us and I am full of praise for the way they helped address the problem.

“To have such a large number of people tune in and take notice can only be a good thing and make more anglers aware of the steps they must take to safeguard their gear.”

The episode was also used to promote the benefits of Smart Water – an invisible liquid that can only be seen under a blue ray light. It can be applied to items of tackle and then used to prove they are yours if found following a reported theft.

Since the programme was aired, large numbers of anglers have already purchased the product, with the Angling Trust launching an exclusive offer to members that enables them to get it for just £9.99.

To take advantage call 0800 521 669 and quote promotional code ANG10 and your membership number.

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