DATE: 2019-03-02 00:00 Country Name: Panama Location Detail: Portobello EVENT: Burglary HAND: 1 Stolen Items: 15HP Yamaha outboard engine SECURED: Locked DETAILS: An unoccupied and locked catamaran in the bay was burgled between 2/24/2019 and 3/3/2019. The thieves gained access by damaging the sliding door, and stole the outboard engine that was stored inside. The outboard had been securely locked to the inside of the hull with 8mm stainless steel chain and a padlock. A police report was made.
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: 2018-11-10 00:00 Country Name: Dominican Republic Location Detail: Luperon EVENT: Burglary HAND: 1 Stolen Items: Honda generator, compressor with hose, water pump and many tools SECURED: Locked DETAILS: Thieves broke into an unoccupied but well locked yacht thru a deck hatch, damaging the hatch. The minder/caretaker discovered the theft the next morning. A stolen dinghy had been used to transport the goods and it was recovered. A report was made to the police, coast guard, port captain, the Puerto Blanco Marina, the tourist office and on the VHF net.
CSSN NOTE: In response to the recent increase in thefts and boat burglaries, on November 14, 2019, stakeholders in Luperon met and roles/jurisdictions were clarified, including correct crime reporting procedures. To enhance the security on the water the Navy comandante from Puerto Plata reinstated a patrol boat in Luperon bay with immediate effect. Initially, provisional equipment will be used, but a bigger patrol boat in association with a small patrol boat are expected. Locally, the Navy (call name: Richard) can be reached on VHF channel 68 24/7 in case of emergency. The National Police indicated that a 911-call will activate the patrols around the bay at all times.
DATE: 2018-10-30 03:00 Country Name: Panama Location Detail: Linton Bay EVENT: Burglary HAND: 1 Stolen Items: Everything below deck including 2 TVs, tools dive gear, life jackets , etc. SECURED: Locked DETAILS: An unoccupied boat at anchor was burglarised. The owners had been absent for about 2 weeks and on their return discovered a pry bar had been used to defeat the companionway lock and gain entry. The thieves took many things from below (TV’s tools, dive gear, etc.) and would have needed considerable time to accomplish their thievery.
This burglary was the 4th incident in this bay during the last month, use CSSN’s Zoom -Tap, Know and Go ! interactive infographic to review the available information on these incidents. This incident was reported to the police (Aeronaval), and the marina. Nighttime patrols have been put in place recently.
DATE: 2018-09-16 19:50 Country Name: Trinidad/Tobago Location Detail: Trinidad Chaguaramas TTSA EVENT: Burglary HAND: 2 Stolen Items: dinghy/outboard SECURED: Locked DETAILS: A dinghy/outboard were stolen from an unoccupied yacht. The marina security patrol noticed the activity but were unable to intercept/intervene. Thieves were observed departing with the dinghy to the SE, and the CG advised.