DATE: 2020-07-10 00:00 LOCATION: British Virgin Islands (UK) – Virgin Gorda – North Sound EVENT: Theft HAND: 1 STOLEN ITEMS: 16 ft. center console with Yamaha 70 SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: A 16ft. center console with 70HP Yamaha was stolen from its slip in front the Arawak shop in Leverick Bay between 11PM July 9 and 1PM July 10. The boat was not locked to the dock, but the key had been removed. The BVI Police and Marina were notified, and a review of the marina video surveillance is expected. ID: 2508
DATE: 2020-03-12 21:00 LOCATION: British Virgin Islands (UK) – Jost van Dyke – White Bay EVENT: Theft HAND: 1 STOLEN ITEMS: Cash, jewellery, cellphones and cameras SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: While charter catamaran guests were ashore for the evening, a thief entered the locked yacht through a deck hatch which was left closed but not locked. Stolen items included cash, jewellery, 4 cellphones, cameras + backpacks. A police report was made, and the police visited the yacht and collected forensics from the scene. A second yacht had a similar experience in this bay the same night. ID: 2463
DATE: 2019-12-25 23:00 LOCATION: British Virgin Islands (UK) – Cooper Island EVENT: Theft HAND: 2 STOLEN ITEMS: dinghy/outboard SECURED: Unknown DETAILS: Overnight a charter catamaran had its dinghy/outboard stolen. Reported to the charter company, no further details available. ID: 2434
DATE: 2019-04-05 01:00 Country Name: BVI Location Detail: Virgin Gorda Spanish Town EVENT: Attempted theft HAND: 1 Stolen Items: None, not successful. SECURED: Locked DETAILS: On a mooring just north of the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour entrance, among about 10 other yachts, owners awoke to discover that they had been boarded overnight. Their flag pole had been broken, as well as the sat phone antenna and MOB light/pole. Their in-the-water, but chained dinghy, apparently the target of thieves, remained secured. The owners reported the attempted theft and damage to the paid mooring minder the next morning.
July 26, 2017 – Royal BVI police report increase in dinghy thefts
CSSN’s information sharing partner, Noonsite, has published a report indicating that the RBVIP are warning the yachting community about a recent increase in dinghy thefts, particularly in Cane Garden Bay and Road Town, Tortola. LINK
RBVIP urge locking dinghies and yachts at all times, indicating that the increase in thefts during the summer months is not unusual.
CSSN has not received any recent reports from this area, and urges those affected to make simple online reports so that all cruisers can be well informed of problems as they occur. Timely reporting by victims is a responsibility we all share in the cruising community.