DATE: 2020-12-10 01:00 LOCATION: Belize – Pelican Cays EVENT: Theft HAND: 2 STOLEN ITEMS: 25 ft skiff / 75HP Yamaha SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: Overnight the launcha for Hideaway Caye resort was stolen. It was not locked and a police report was made. ID: 2551
DATE: 2020-03-16 05:00 LOCATION: Belize – Dangriga EVENT: Theft HAND: 1 STOLEN ITEMS: Backpack with laptop and sunglasses SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: A yacht arrived in Dangriga about 0300HRs and anchored just outside the river, about 300 meters from shore. The crew did not lock the companionway and went to bed. The next morning they discovered they had been boarded, a thief had entered the yacht and stole a backpack (containing a laptop) and also a pair of sunglasses from the cockpit. Another laptop and cellphone sitting on the nav station were not taken. A police report was made the next day and the crew completed their checkout with officials. ID: 2481
DATE: 2019-02-11 Country Name: Belize Location Detail: Placencia Harbor EVENT: Theft HAND: 1 Stolen Items: Cash SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: Two occupants asleep aboard a catamaran anchored in Placencia harbor, Belize were awakened by noise around 03:45 am. The vessel owner witnessed an adult male boarder exiting the cockpit overboard from port transom, capsizing his fishing canoe in his haste to escape. The boarder spoke to owner as he swam away, “I’m sinking, sir.” Owner clearly saw his face. Subsequently, the vessel occupants observed water on the floor in the saloon and discovered cash was stolen from a wallet (approx. US$120). The occupants noticed the overturned canoe drifting away and the owner launched the dinghy, retrieved the canoe, and secured it to the vessel.
After daybreak, the owner went ashore and made a full report of the incident to the Placencia Police and reviewed mug shots, identifying several individuals that could have been the intruder. The Police retrieved the canoe as evidence. The Police refused to provide a copy of the police report to the vessel owner on the grounds that it was “privacy information.” The owner went to the local tourist office to also report the incident there, but the office was closed. The owner alerted other cruising vessels in the area (~25 yachts) of the incident via VHF broadcast and answered all questions. The victim vessel departed Placencia later that morning and did not receive any further communication from the Placencia Police.
DATE: 2019-02-23 01:00 Country Name: Belize Location Detail: Placencia EVENT: Theft HAND: 1 Stolen Items: West Marine dinghy / Suzuki 15 HP 2S outboard SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: While owner slept onboard with his large dog in the cockpit, the line to his in-the-water and not locked dinghy was cut. The victim contacted the local police, who advised “not to bother with a report, the dinghy was long gone”.
DATE: 2017-05-28 09:00 Country Name: Belize Location Detail: Placencia EVENT: Theft HAND: 1 Stolen Items: Dinghy and Outboard SECURED: Locked DETAILS: A dinghy with outboard was cable locked to a private dock while owner was ashore for dinner. The outboard was locked to the dinghy, and both were stolen between 7-9PM. A police report was made.