During September there have been 9 incidents reported in Trinidad, all occurring in the TTSA mooring field/anchorage. The first report, September 4, 2018, involved an occupied yacht and the thieves needed only a knife to cut the dinghy from the davits. The dinghy/outboard was recovered when the thieves abandoned it after being discovered by the victim. Reports were made to TTSA, Police and Coast Guard.
A little less than two weeks later, on September 15, 2018, 7 unoccupied yachts were burgled overnight. The thieves were well prepared and defeated locks/cables and entered the affected yachts, and targeted dinghies, outboards and tools. The security team at TTSA discovered the overnight burglaries the following morning. TTSA management informed the affected owners (all local) and immediately instituted a nighttime watch, now having 24HR coverage and the use of a tender. The next night, September 16, 2018, another dinghy/outboard was stolen, also from an unoccupied yacht. The TTSA security team became aware of the theft while it was in progress but were unable to intercept the bigger/faster boat used by the thieves. A cruiser who also saw the activity was able to contact the TTCG, and provided a description of the open fishing boat used by the thieves.
Police reports were made for all of these thefts, and a crime scene team visited to collect evidence. A police investigation is in progress.
TTSA, YSATT, and TTCG are working together to increase and improve patrols, and to streamline communications in the case of any further activity. Other marinas in the area have been informed and have taken appropriate measures.
DATE: 2018-09-16 19:50 Country Name: Trinidad/Tobago Location Detail: Trinidad Chaguaramas TTSA EVENT: Burglary HAND: 2 Stolen Items: dinghy/outboard SECURED: Locked DETAILS: A dinghy/outboard were stolen from an unoccupied yacht. The marina security patrol noticed the activity but were unable to intercept/intervene. Thieves were observed departing with the dinghy to the SE, and the CG advised.
DATE: 2018-09-15 00:00 Country Name: Trinidad/Tobago Location Detail: Trinidad Chaguaramas TTSA EVENT: Burglary HAND: 1 Stolen Items: 11 ft Apex dinghy with 8 HP Mariner outboard, GPS, flare kit, propane tank SECURED: Locked DETAILS: An unoccupied yacht was burgled overnight. The dinghy was raised on davits and locked to the yacht, thieves cut the locking cable. The sliding door lock was also compromised, the interior ransacked. Owner noted that a GPS and flare kit were taken from the interior as well as a propane tank from a cockpit locker. A report was made to TTSA management, the Coast Guard and police. Boats on adjacent moorings suffered similar consequences the same night. see next reports . (boat #1 of 7 burgled this same night)