DATE: 2019-08-20 14:00 Country Name: Dominica Location Detail: Prince Rupert Bay PAYS dock EVENT: Vandalism HAND: 1 Stolen Items: None SECURED: Locked DETAILS: Owners left their dinghy at the PAYS dinghy dock at 1400 HRS. When they returned at 1700 HRS they found it had been vandalized. It was full of sand and water, life jackets had been shredded, oars removed and the engine lifting harness compromised. Nothing was stolen. The PAYS office was closed but a report was made to a young man who was swimming nearby and identified himself as a member of PAYS. Owners departed at first light.
DATE: 2019-02-12 21:00 Country Name: Dominica Location Detail: Soufriere EVENT: Burglary HAND: 1 Stolen Items: cellphone and personal electronics SECURED: Locked DETAILS: A yacht visiting Dominica to provide aid had special permission to use a mooring off Soufriere. When the owners returned to their yacht at about 9:30 PM they found a deck hatch on their well locked monohull had been damaged and pried open using a piece of rebar that the thieves left behind. The thieves stole a cellphone and other personal electronics. A police report was made. The police visited the yacht and took photographs, but more than a week later have yet to provide the promised copy of the report.
DATE: 2019-01-09 21:00 Country Name: Dominica Location Detail: Prince Rupert Bay PAYS dock EVENT: Theft HAND: 1 Stolen Items: RIB dinghy, 6HP-4S outboard SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: Cruisers left their dinghy unlocked at the PAYS dock to attend the weekly PAYS BBQ. When they returned 2-3 hours later, the dinghy was gone. PAYS made an unsuccessful search for the dinghy. The victims filed a police report the next day, and received the paperwork after a lengthy 2.5 hour wait.
DATE: 2018-12-13 00:00 Country Name: Dominica Location Detail: Prince Rupert Bay Madiba dinghy dock EVENT: Theft HAND: 1 Stolen Items: 3.1m Highfield dinghy/9.9HP Honda outboard SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: The crew went ashore to enjoy reggae night at Madiba at about 11:30PM, and did not lock the dinghy to the dock. About 30 minutes later, they decided to return to the yacht and found that the dinghy was gone. They advised the restaurant, who summoned both the police and PAYS who did a search, and then returned the crew to the yacht moored nearby. PAYS and the coast guard conducted further searches the next day, but the dinghy was not located. A police report was made.
DATE: 2018-05-19 17:00 Country Name: Dominica Location Detail: Prince Rupert Bay PAYS moorings EVENT: Burglary HAND: 1 Stolen Items: No stolen items SECURED: Locked DETAILS: A monohull was 1 of about 9 yachts on PAYS moorings in the bay. When the owners returned to their boat at 1700 HRS they discovered a man inside their boat. He had broken the lock to gain access and rummaged the saloon and cabins in an apparent search for cash (there was none). He jumped overboard as they approached and claimed that he had not taken anything (TRUE) and that there was another man onboard (UNTRUE). The owners called PAYS on VHF and they came to the area ashore and recognized the man, but did not detain him as they believed he had a knife.
The next day PAYS took one of the owners ashore to meet with the police at a nearby restaurant (that had also had an incident of some sort that the police were investigating). The police did not visit or take any evidence from the yacht, and the PAYS rep named the man to the police. No follow-up information from the police or PAYS has been provided to the victims.