New technology to tackle jet ski crime

Inventor Kevin Hennessey is pictured with a jet ski protected by the JetSkiWarden system.
Inventor Kevin Hennessey is pictured with a jet ski protected by the JetSkiWarden system.

Jet ski owners in the Bridlington and district area could soon be using a new layer of security thanks to the efforts of an East Yorkshire entrepreneur.

With thousands of watercraft being stolen every year, and jet skis being the main target, a boat and marine technology company has come up with an innovative solution.

JetSkiWarden uses the latest state-of-the-art technology to digitally connect owners with their jet skis, using an app on their mobile phone or tablet which allows them to track, recover and even immobilise them when necessary.

It’s been brought to the market by Boatwarden.

This is a collaboration between Irish inventor, engineer and boating enthusiast Kevin Hennessey and East Yorkshire entrepreneur Tom Cone.

Mr Cone said: “JetSkiWarden is an amazing package of technology packed into a waterproof unit the size of a matchbox.

“It’s the most affordable way to get a Guardian to watch over your jet ski, who will never rest, never sleep and never need a tea break!

“It offers peace of mind for pennies a day.”

Mr Hennessey said: “We have adapted our patent pending technology to target opportunist thieves, organised gangs and career criminals, who often steal jet skis and other watercraft to order.

“We’re using IP developed for our extremely successful Outboard Warden system to allow owners not only to track where their jet skis are, but also to find them anywhere in the world, on land or at sea, using GPRS and GSM technologies.”