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: 2017-02-17 21:00 Country Name: St. Lucia Location Detail: Marigot EVENT: Burglary HAND: 1 Stolen Items: all cell phones and chargers onboard. SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: While ashore in the evening, a yacht on an outside mooring was entered, and thoroughly ransacked. All doors and hatches were closed, but a guest failed to properly engage a lock on one cabin hatch, which the thief discovered and used for entry/exit. The vendor who rented the mooring had warned the crew of the problems in this bay and suggested taking all cash/passports/valuables with them to dinner. The phones and chargers left behind were taken. Nearby boats were occupied, but not aware of the boarding/burglary.
DATE: 2017-02-13 11:30 Country Name: St. Lucia Location Detail: Soufriere Bat Caves EVENT: Burglary HAND: 1 Stolen Items: Cash, computers, camera, electronics SECURED: Locked DETAILS: Around noon while the crew was ashore their yacht was broken into. The thieves were unable to gain entry through the well secured door, but were able to use a knife (which they left behind) to defeat a hatch lock. They took cash and electronics. 3 of the 4 moorings at the Bat Caves were occupied at the time.
A report was made to the SMMA marine park, who refunded the daily mooring fee and advised against leaving boats unoccupied at night.
CSSN NOTE: Nighttime burglaries have been a problem at this location for several years. Given that the local thieves have grown significantly bolder, if you choose to visit, consider leaving someone on board at all times.
DATE: 2017-01-21 Country Name: SVG Location Detail: St. Vincent Young Island EVENT: Burglary Stolen Items: Mobile phone, dive watch, flashlight SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: A yacht on a mooring 50 meters off the dock was burgled by a swimmer while the owners were ashore for the evening. The yacht was locked but the swimmer gained entry through a closed but not locked hatch, leaving salty footprints throughout the cabin. The thief stole a cell phone, dive watch, and a flashlight. A report was made to the local police.
DATE: 2016-11-16 Country Name: St. Lucia Location Detail: Marigot EVENT: Burglary Stolen Items: Cash 3200 $ECD, 150 $CAN, Blackberry, Louis Vuitton belt SECURED: Locked DETAILS: A yacht using a Capella marina mooring in the inner bay at Marigot was burgled while the crew was ashore for dinner. At least 6 other boats were on adjacent moorings but were not aware of the break in (thru a hatch). The thieves took some effort to conceal their presence, including closing some cabin curtains while they stole cash ($3200 ECD, $150 CAN) a Blackberry and a belt. A report was made to the marina, the port captain and to the police.