DATE: 2018-12-20 15:00 Country Name: Antigua/Barbuda Location Detail: Antigua St. John’s EVENT: Burglary HAND: 1 Stolen Items: Cash, iPod, iPhone, credit card, gold necklace SECURED: Locked DETAILS: While owners were ashore during the afternoon, their anchored yacht was boarded and thieves used a winch handle found in the cockpit to defeat the companionway lock. After gaining access they then ransacked the interior and stole several small easily concealed items – iPhone, iPod, cash, credit card and a gold necklace. Several calls were placed to 911 and received no followup that day. Calls to the harbour authority on VHF16 were not answered.
DATE: 2017-03-13 23:00 Country Name: Antigua/Barbuda Location Detail: Antigua English Harbor EVENT: Theft HAND: 1 Stolen Items: 2M Nautend dinghy with 2.3HP Honda outboard SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: An in-the-water and not locked dinghy was stolen overnight from an anchored yacht while the owners slept onboard. The theft was reported to the police, who took extensive details but did not produce a written report, indicating there would be a $100 EC fee, and a many hours wait . The owners departed.
DATE: 2016-12-01 12:00 Country Name: Antigua/Barbuda Location Detail: Antigua Jolly Harbor Marina EVENT: Burglary HAND: 1 Stolen Items: Cameras, grinder, drill SECURED: Locked DETAILS: A motor yacht stored on the hard for hurricane season was burgled. The yacht was securely locked and a key provided to Boatyard/Marina office. The owners returned in December 2016 and found no signs of forced entry, but were surprised to find a payroll slip for a Jolly Harbor marina employee inside the boat. The employee had no approval or reason to be inside the locked boat. Marina/yard management was advised of the pay slip but offered no comment or explanation.
A few weeks later the owners discovered that tools had been taken from various storage compartments inside the yacht. When they examined the yacht’s safe they discovered its hinge had been pried off from the rear and then carefully replaced, and the extensive camera equipment stored there was all missing as well.
CSSN NOTE: This is the third theft suffered by a stored yacht at this yard this season. Keys supplied to the office seem not to be kept under control, and were used to enter and remove property from the stored yachts/lockers, and then returned to the office. If you leave your yacht and provide a key to anyone, be certain to understand how and where that key is kept secure, and how access/use is controlled, and in the case of multiple access, is signature logged. Any unusual findings on return to the yacht should prompt immediate consultation with the yard management, and a thorough search of key areas/contents made at that time. It’s easy to review the prior incidents, simply type “Jolly Harbor” in the search box on any CSSN website page.
DATE: 2016-11-02 Country Name: Antigua/Barbuda Location Detail: Antigua Jolly Harbor Marina EVENT: Burglary Stolen Items: generator SECURED: Locked DETAILS: A yacht stored on the hard had its generator stolen from a shore-side storage locker in the marina. No further details, date approximate.
DATE: 2016-11-02 Country Name: Antigua/Barbuda Location Detail: Antigua Jolly Harbor Marina EVENT: Burglary Stolen Items: Honda generator SECURED: Locked DETAILS: A yacht stored on the hard at Jolly Harbor Marina for the off-season was burglarized. The padlocked cockpit lazarette was opened, and the generator removed, and the lock replaced but not closed. The boat minder noticed the opened lock during a visit and simply closed it without noticing the generator had been removed. The owner noticed a foot from the generator in the cockpit on his return, and when he retrieved and used the only key (from the marina office) he discovered the theft. Reported to the marina and the police.