THE ABCs: Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao

 

Events:

Vandalism – deliberately mischievous or malicious destruction or damage of property

Theft – no weapons, no violence, possibly boarding the yacht

Attempted theft – unsuccessful theft, see above

Burglary – breaking and entering a locked yacht while crew is away

Attempted burglary – unsuccessful burglary, see above

Robbery – boarding a yacht by one or more persons with weapons

Attempted robbery – unsuccessful robbery, see above

Assault – injuries to and/or physical restraining of crew in the course of a robbery

Assault resulting in death – injuries to or physical harm to a person that results in death

Piracy – boarding and theft on or of a vessel while underway

Attempted piracy – unsuccessful piracy, see above

Suspicious activity –  threatening or potentially dangerous activity by others

Other – details in description

COUNTRY
LOCATION
DATE
EVENTS
STOLEN-ITEMS
HOW-SECURED
NOTES
Aruba
Oranjestad
2009-11-07 00:00
Assault
N/A
N/A
Mid-afternoon, dinghy hit from behind by launch from Renaissance Hotel; destroyed outboard, no injuries
Bonaire
Kralendijk moorings
2018-10-11 19:00
Attempted theft
Nothing, thieves unsuccessful
Locked
Around 7PM two young men (swimmers) boarded a catamaran in the mooring field. The yacht was well locked and the security system detected their presence, at the same time a passing dinghy noticed the disturbance and the 2 men jumping into the water. A report was made on the VHF net.
Bonaire
Fisherman's pier
2018-06-14 22:00
Attempted theft
None
Locked
Between 7PM and 11PM a dinghy locked to the fisherman's dock was rifled and the fuel line disconnected. The tank had been moved but remained, it was locked to the dinghy, preventing the theft. The same night an unlocked fuel tank was succesfully stolen from another dinghy on a nearby dock. (see next report)
Bonaire
Dive Friends pier
2018-06-14 19:30
Theft
Dinghy fuel tank
Not Locked
After sunset, the not locked fuel tank was stolen from a dinghy at the Dive Friends dock. A similar, but unsuccessful attempt was made to steal the locked fuel tank from another dinghy on a nearby dock. (see prior report)
Bonaire
Budget Marine dinghy dock
2018-01-26 13:00
Theft
5 gallon fuel tank
Not Locked
A dinghy locked to the Budget Marine dinghy dock had its not locked fuel tank stolen between 11AM and 1PM
Bonaire
El Navegante Boat Yard
2016-09-01 02:00
Burglary
32" flat screen TV, an external hard drive, microwave oven, handheld VHF, RAM mike, Radar/GPS, 2 pairs of marine binoculars, toolbox and full set of tools, voltmeter, fire extinguishers, folding police knife, clothing, decorative pillows, dive bag, dive lights and masks, fins and snorkels, flashlights, clocks, and rum.
Locked
A yacht was stored in the boatyard (locked) for a year. Around September 1st, the boat yard manager informed the owners by email that there had been a break-in on their boat. The thieves may have come from the water side since the road-side gate is usually locked. It probably required several trips to gather/remove all the items. A police report was made.
Bonaire
Kralendijk moorings
2014-06-03 00:00
Theft
Dinghy + 18 hp Nissan outboard + fuel tank.
Locked
Dinghy was in the water but secured with rope and 5mm cable, both were cut. Dinghy minus outboard and fuel tank was found the next day at Klein Bonaire. Reported to the police.
Bonaire
Kralendijk moorings
2014-04-10 23:55
Burglary
Outboards, fuel tanks, bicycles
Locked
Over the last few days outboards and fuel tanks taken at night from day-boat tenders and dive boats in Port Bonaire marina, and an outboard taken from rail of an unoccupied sailboat moored nearby. Bicycles left ashore (locked) overnight at a dive shop went missing. some incidents reported to police and Port Captain.
Bonaire
Kralendijk moorings
2010-10-03 00:00
Attempted Theft
Failed
Locked
Returned to yacht after regatta activities to find a small boat of kids tied to yacht and on board. Chased them off - nothing taken
Bonaire
Kralendijk moorings
2010-02-15 00:00
Theft
Dinghy, outboard, fuel tank
Locked
Dinghy w/ 30 HP outboard locked but not lifted; padlock cut; dinghy found next morning on shore near airport; fuel tank gone
Bonaire
Kralendijk moorings
2010-02-15 00:00
Theft
Fuel tank
Not Locked
Dinghy not locked but only fuel tank taken
Bonaire
Kralendijk moorings
2010-02-15 00:00
Theft
Fuel line and tank
Locked
Dinghy locked to yacht
Bonaire
Kralendijk moorings
2010-02-15 00:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Locked
Dinghy found next morning on Klein Bonaire, likely set adrift; missing were seat, anchor & fuel tank
Bonaire
Kralendijk moorings
2010-02-15 00:00
Attempted Theft
Failed
Locked
Line holding fuel tank to dinghy bow sliced; dinghy locked to yacht, tank locked to dinghy 8 mm chain
Bonaire
Club Nautico Marina
2008-12-13 00:00
Theft
Bike
Locked
Left bike locked at marina; returned next day to find it gone; reported to police and posted reward
Bonaire
Club Nautico Marina
2008-10-07 00:00
Theft
Bike
Locked
Locked to dock with combination lock
Bonaire
Harbor Village Marina
2006-07-22 00:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Not Locked
Found next morning on beach, gas can gone, outboard locked to dinghy still there
Bonaire
Harbor Village Marina
2006-07-17 00:00
Theft
Dinghy
Not Locked
no details
Bonaire
Kralendijk moorings
2006-07-16 00:00
Burglary
Electronics
Locked
Returned from dinner to find wooden dinghy tied to boat and 3 on board; ran over dinghy, 3 jumped into water, 1 apprehended and taken to police
Bonaire
Kralendijk moorings
2006-04-08 00:00
Theft
Camera equipment
Not Locked
Mid-day, kids swam out, owners returning, kids jumped in water and dropped camera bag in water
Bonaire
Kralendijk moorings
2006-02-09 00:00
Burglary
Bicycle
Locked
Locked to flag pole inside fenced locked yard next to marina
Curacao
Spanish Water
2018-11-28 14:00
Attempted theft
none - not successful
Locked
A dinghy was well locked to the dock at the Pirates Nest from 1-4 PM while owners were ashore to check out. When they returned they found one side of a link of the 10mm stainless steel chain had been cut through with bolt cutters, and incomplete cuts were made on the other side of the same link. The yacht departed early the next morning, as planned. A report was made on the VHF net.

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Curacao
Spanish Water
2018-10-10 01:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Locked
An occupied yacht anchored in Cabrita Bay (anchorage C, Spanish Waters) had the in-the-water and cable locked 11 ft. AB dinghy/18 HP NIssan outboard stolen overnight. The painter and cable had both been cleanly cut near the waterline. A report was made to the Police, Port Captain and on the VHF net.
Curacao
Spanish Water
2018-04-08 20:00
Theft
dinghy with 15 HP outboard
Unknown
Dinghy/outboard stolen from Pirates Nest dock, no further details available
Curacao
Spanish Water
2017-09-16 01:00
Theft
dinghy and outboard
Not Locked
An in-the-water dinghy with outboard was stolen overnight from an anchored yacht, no further details available. CSSN NOTE: We all depend on each other to make reports, if you were a victim, or have direct knowledge about this event please contact CSSN at safetyandsecuritynet@gmail.com (LINK)
Curacao
Spanish Water
2017-09-15 10:00
Theft
dinghy and outboard
Locked
dinghy/outboard stolen from the fishermans village dinghy dock. no further details available. CSSN NOTE: We all depend on each other to make reports, if you were a victim, or have direct knowledge about this event please contact CSSN at safetyandsecuritynet@gmail.com (LINK)
Curacao
Spanish Water
2016-07-27 02:00
Theft
1 person kayak
Not Locked
Overnight an unlocked, in the water kayak was stolen from an occupied yacht. A report was made on the VHF net.
Curacao
Spanish Water Cabrita Bay
2015-08-22 09:00
Theft
RIB dinghy
Not Locked
RIB dinghy without an outboard was tied (not locked) to dock at southern end of Cabrita Bay, Spanish Water at 8 AM. When the owner returned at 3PM it was gone. Wind and current would have kept it in the bay, reported to the Coast Guard and police.
Curacao
Spanish Water
2015-07-07 02:00
Attempted theft
nothing, dinghy painter was cut nearly thru
Locked
On awakening the crew of a boat anchored in Spanish Waters discovered that overnight their dinghy had been tampered with. The canvas cover for the outboard had been removed, and the painter nearly cut thru with a sharp implement of some sort. The dinghy was cabled and locked to the yacht, the outboard engine was securely locked to the dinghy. The owners asked CSSN to specifically remind and warn others that this pattern of attempted/actual theft has occurred here in Spanish Waters before, the swimout thieves drift off in the night with the dinghy to work away at the locks on the outboard in a remote area, and the dinghy minus the outboard is sometimes later recovered, sometimes the entire dinghy is swum ashore and then taken away by a waiting pickup truck.. This incident was reported on the local Curacao daily VHF net, but it can happen to anyone, anywhere. CSSN NOTE: cables, stainless steel chains and sturdy locks do provide a first order of defense against casual "sneak" thieves, but LIFTING and then also LOCKING provides a more robust deterrent.
Curacao
Spanish Water
2015-01-02 12:00
Theft
8 ft AB dinghy with 15 hp mercury outboard
Locked
Dinghy stolen from Aciento Sail Club. Locked with 10 mm stainless steel chain. Not known how lock or chain was defeated. Name of dinghy was in Blue letters TT/ (boat name withheld for privacy reasons) Reported to Police, Coast Guard, Local VHF Net
Curacao
Spanish Water
2013-12-23 10:00
Burglary
Lots, including tools, generator, and full 55 gallon fuel drums from deck
Locked
Between 1000 and 1200 hrs, broke in thru hatch, ransacked boat, stolen lots, including all tools, a generator and full 55 gallon fuel drums from the deck
Curacao
Curacao Marine
2012-05-08 00:00
Burglary
Outboard plus more
Locked
Along with 17 other boats in the storage yard. Interior of boat ransacked.exact items missing will not be known until all owners arrive on island & do inventory
Curacao
Spanish Water
2011-12-13 00:00
Theft
Dinghy
Not Locked
Dinghy (no outboard) tied to mooring
Curacao
Spanish Water
2011-11-30 00:00
Theft
Dinghy
Not Locked
Taken from the dock at the windsurfing school - no outboard attached
Curacao
Spanish Water Hyatt Marina
2011-05-07 00:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Locked
Dinghy on davits and locked to yacht in marina slip, reported
Curacao
Spanish Water Kimakauli Marina
2011-05-06 00:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Not Locked
Dinghy tied at Kimakauli marina, taken during the day, reported
Curacao
Spanish Water
2011-04-25 00:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Not Locked
Taken from fishermen's dock probably during day on holiday. Dinghy later recovered.
Curacao
Spanish Water
2011-01-16 00:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Not Locked
Taken from fishermen's dock
Curacao
Spanish Water
2010-12-05 00:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Not Locked
Two dinghies and outboards taken, not locked or lifted. Dinghies recovered the next day, reported
Curacao
Spanish Water
2010-08-29 00:00
Theft
Generator
Not Locked
Honda generator, covered on deck but not locked, fuel tank, paddles; tried to take outboard but it was locked and lifted; police said 8 outboards taken in past month
Curacao
Spanish Water
2010-07-07 00:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Locked
Dinghy and 15 HP Yamaha. Chased to truck at fishermen's dock. Recovered dinghy while 3 men lifted p/b into truck and drove off
Curacao
Spanish Water
2010-03-31 00:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Locked
Not lifted out of water; dinghy later recovered without outboard
Curacao
Spanish Water
2008-12-21 00:00
Theft
Dinghy
Unknown
From near fishing village
Curacao
Spanish Water
2008-10-19 00:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Not Locked
15 HP outboard and 9 ft. dinghy, not lifted and not locked
Curacao
Spanish Water
2008-10-04 00:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Locked
Inflatable dinghy and 8 HP outboard
Curacao
Spanish Water
2008-07-30 00:00
Attempted Theft
Failed
Locked
Attempt to steal dinghy and outboard; captain sleeping in cockpit, alerted neighboing boat who went to shore in his dinghy to retrieve stolen dinghy/outboard; pickup truck waiting on shore took off
Curacao
Spanish Water
2007-10-29 00:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Not Locked
Between 12:30 and 21:30, 9' Caribe and 5HP Mercury taken from the dock at Sarifundy's
Curacao
Spanish Water
2007-09-06 00:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Locked
Dinghy and Yamaha outboard locked to dock with 10mm chain; dinghy found later
Curacao
Spanish Water
2007-01-16 00:00
Theft
Outboard
Unknown
Dinghy onshore while snorkeling during day, outboard taken left dinghy
Curacao
Spanish Water
2006-10-07 00:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Not Locked
Between 10 pm and 1 am, dinghy recovered about 2 am near fishermen's marina, 35 HP Yamaha gone
Curacao
Spanish Water
2006-01-14 00:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Not Locked
Rope cut, found dinghy later, lost 5 HP Yamaha and all equipment in dinghy
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