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20 Apr 2015 - DATE: 2015-04-12 02:00 Country Name: SVG Location Detail: St. Vincent Blue Lagoon EVENT: Theft
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DATE: 2015-04-12 02:00
Country Name: SVG
Location Detail: St. Vincent Blue Lagoon
EVENT: Theft
Stolen Items: dinghy fuel tank, hose and filter
SECURED: Not Locked
DETAILS: A yacht on a mooring close to the marina had the dinghy fuel tank with hose and filter stolen overnight while they slept. The dinghy was in the water, but locked to the yacht and the outboard was locked to the dinghy, but the fuel tank was not. Reported to the marina .

19 Apr 2015 - DATE: 2015-04-16 03:00 Country Name: Haiti Location Detail: Petit Port a Piment EVENT: Assault
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DATE: 2015-04-16 03:00
Country Name: Haiti
Location Detail: Petit Port a Piment
EVENT: Assault
Stolen Items: cash, solar panels,computers,navigation electronics, etc.
SECURED: Unknown
DETAILS: An Australian couple aboard an Australian flagged boat en route from Cuba to Ile a Vache Haiti was anchored at Petit Port a Pimient , Haiti and was boarded overnight by 6 armed men. They cooperated with the pirates and offered everything, but they were violently attacked. The captain was tied to the rail on deck and beaten badly, resulting in broken bones and machete wounds. His wife sustained machete injuries also, both were hospitalized. Embassy officials have become involved and are providing assistance.

19 Apr 2015 - DATE: 2015-01-21 03:00 Country Name: Haiti Location Detail: Corail EVENT: Assault
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DATE: 2015-01-21 03:00
Country Name: Haiti
Location Detail: Corail
EVENT: Assault
Stolen Items: All Cash ( $1000 US ), laptops, diving equipment, etc.
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: A French couple and their children had anchored overnight between Corail and Pestel, Haiti. At 3 AM they were boarded by 12 men armed with machine guns and machetes. The leader of the group was in uniform. The boat was “inspected” for 2.5 hours, rummaging drawers, lockers, etc. The roller furling and main sheet were deliberately damaged. The men were aggressive, with much yelling and arm waving, but the crew cooperated. They forced the boat to go 2 miles back to Corial at first light after taking all the cash on board ($1000), laptops and some other gear from the captain . The official then “allowed” the boat to depart to go onward to Pestel, Haiti the next planned stop. It is unlikely a police report was made. CSSN became aware of this incident of piracy/assault while confirming details of the next incident of piracy/assault, (also in Haiti), dated 16 April 2015

19 Apr 2015 - DATE: 2015-03-30 01:00 Country Name: Dominica Location Detail: Prince Rupert Bay South End EVENT: Assault
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DATE: 2015-03-30 01:00
Country Name: Dominica
Location Detail: Prince Rupert Bay South End
EVENT: Assault
Stolen Items: Laptop, mobile phone, VHF, cash
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: A single hander anchored in the south end of Prince Rupert Bay was awakened at 1:00 AM by noise on deck. Somewhat disoriented, he unlocked and went up to the cockpit where he encountered 2 men, one with a gun. The thieves stole his laptop, phone, VHF, cash and demanded his credit card and PIN. He informed them he did not have a credit card and the they left. The next day he informed other boats anchored nearby and made a report to the police. CSSN NOTE: PAYS operates a night-time security patrol in the NORTH end of Prince Rupert Bay, and a radio call from the locked cabin may have prevented this incident.

12 Apr 2015 - DATE: 2015-03-07 Country Name: Venezuela- Mainland And Nearshore Islands Location Detail: Morrocoy EVENT: Assault
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DATE: 2015-03-07
Country Name: Venezuela- Mainland And Nearshore Islands
Location Detail: Morrocoy
EVENT: Assault
Stolen Items: 3 occupied weekend motorboats were boarded around 10AM Saturday morning by thieves armed with guns , those on-board were sequestered in cabins, the boats were then ransacked and pillaged. The criminals then stole 1 of the 3 boats to depart.
SECURED: N/A
DETAILS: Three families in weekend motor yachts were boarded about 10 AM by men armed with guns near Cayo Sur, which is located between Puerto Cabello and Chichiriviche in Morrocoy National Park. The 3 boats/occupants were taken to a remote location, the vessel occupants locked below in cabins and the boats ransacked/pillaged . At 4 PM when the criminals were done, they took one of the 3 boats and departed.

From Noonsite piracy reports 2015 – http://www.noonsite.com/Countries/Venezuela/venezuela-morrocoy-national-park-three-local-motorboats-held-hostage-and-ransacked-march-2015

 

08 Apr 2015 - DATE: 2015-03-28 17:00 Country Name: Honduras Location Detail: Punta Sal (Tela) EVENT: Assault
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DATE: 2015-03-28 17:00
Country Name: Honduras
Location Detail: Punta Sal (Tela)
EVENT: Assault
Stolen Items: Money, Camera, Ipod Mp3, Gasoline, VHF, GPS, various random items they could find
SECURED: Not Locked
DETAILS: Whilst underway close to Punta Sal we noticed a small fishing boat following us from the west. They approached and asked for gasoline. Suddenly 3 of the 4 men boarded our sailing vessel with guns and demanded money. We were threatened with guns to our heads and a knife to my wife’s throat. We cooperated with the pirates and gave them what they wanted. The pirates cut the main halyard, cut the gps cables, stole the VHF radio and other electronics, threw our fresh water supplies over board and put the engine in full throttle. They grounded the sailboat into the secluded bay “Escondido” inside the Jeanette Kava National Park. 4 days later we were rescued after SOS signs we made in the ground at the park’s entrance were seen by visitors who arrived by boat to another area of the park. No one was harmed, but it was a frightening experience. The boat was damaged and was still aground several days after we were rescued while local officials worked with the captain to make temporary repairs and remove the yacht to a repair facility.

CSSN NOTE: When local and federal Honduran officials learned of this incident, they provided not only assistance to the captain, but also hotel accommodations, support and return air travel to the temporary crew/victims.

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Honduras Incident 01 Honduras Incident 02

31 Mar 2015 - Social Media Features Announced by CSSN in Caribbean Compass
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The all volunteer team at Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN) is proud to announce Facebook, Twitter and RSS Features building on the highly successful CSSN Email Alert system . Now you can Follow Us/Like us on Facebook, Twitter and RSS Feed to get all CSSN News and Incident Reports delivered to your social media accounts as we post security_matters_logothem. From the CSSN website you can now share any page or post with anyone on all social media and email. Additionally, Facebook Cruisers Groups administrators can get AUTOMATIC CSSN News and Incident Reports posted or pushed to their groups timeline. Visit https://www.safetyandsecuritynet.com for details on Alerts and our social media capabilities.

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29 Mar 2015 - DATE: 2015-03-24 03:01 Country Name: St. Martin (French) Location Detail: Lagoon EVENT: Theft
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DATE: 2015-03-24 03:01
Country Name: St. Martin (French)
Location Detail: Lagoon
EVENT: Theft
Stolen Items: Dinghy
SECURED: Unknown
DETAILS: Dinghy stolen overnight was found with another stolen dinghy, see prior report  Details about this dinghy unknown, (not know if locked or if police report was made) but was returned to the owner.

29 Mar 2015 - DATE: 2015-03-24 03:00 Country Name: St. Martin (French) Location Detail: Lagoon EVENT: Theft
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DATE: 2015-03-24 03:00
Country Name: St. Martin (French)
Location Detail: Lagoon
EVENT: Theft
Stolen Items: Dinghy with engine was stolen
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: Dinghy was locked by a cable to the aft pulpit. Overnight, the lock was cut. Went looking for the dingy in the morning and found it. It was tied to a fence at a small apartment complex located in the lagoon, across from the French entrance. Prop was damaged.

29 Mar 2015 - DATE: 2015-03-23 22:00 Country Name: St. Martin (French) Location Detail: Marigot Bay EVENT: Theft
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DATE: 2015-03-23 22:00
Country Name: St. Martin (French)
Location Detail: Marigot Bay
EVENT: Theft
Stolen Items: Dinghy with 20 HP outboard
SECURED: Unknown
DETAILS: Dinghy with 20 HP outboard stolen at night from the Marigot ferry dock, not known if locked or reported to authorities, details incomplete in SXM Cruisers Facebook

25 Mar 2015 - Panama – San Blas Islands, Navigation Safety Reminder
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Potential navigation safety issues with electronic charts, night arrival and crew fatigue…

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Reports from several sources in the San Blas indicate that four yachts have been grounded there so far this year and all were total losses. The crews survived after abandoning ship with their passports, pets and little else. CSSN encourages those arriving in the San Blas archipelago to approach with care, particularly if approaching for the first time.

 

 

Several common factors seemed to create these sad situations:

1. Nighttime entry/arrival to the banks (consider remaining well off until light permits eyeball navigation)

2. Misuse of electronic navigation charts (be certain all crew

San Blas Grief Reef
Navigation Safety Reminder

understand the scale settings on echarts)

3. Sleep deprivation/crew fatigue

Any commercial chart will get you to the San Blas area, but navigation within the island chain is much more difficult. Noonsite and others have reported that the Bauhaus guides and electronic equivalent for the San Blas are considered the best available, but not perfect. Use good judgment and all navigation tools with understanding and care.

CSSN wishes you safe cruising,

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20 Mar 2015 - DATE: 2015-03-15 16:00 Country Name: Dominica Location Detail: Anchorage Hotel EVENT: Assault – UPDATED
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DATE: 2015-03-15 16:00
Country Name: Dominica
Location Detail: Anchorage Hotel
EVENT: Assault
Stolen Items: None
SECURED: N/A
DETAILS: While on a previously paid for mooring in front of the Anchorage hotel, a yacht was approached by a small local boat whose occupant threatened them with a spear gun and then attempted to use a machete to cut their line. The yacht left the mooring . Reports were made to the police and Coast Guard. 

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CSSN UPDATE 2015-04-14: Our original posting failed to include that the Coast Guard responded very quickly, within about 10 minutes, to this threatening situation. We later learned that the yacht subsequently returned to the mooring, and that business interests in the area conducted a meeting with local boatmen to convey the seriousness of this type of behavior and to (hopefully) prevent any future occurrences.

20 Mar 2015 - DATE: 2015-03-16 02:45 Country Name: St. Lucia Location Detail: Rodney Bay Pigeon Island EVENT: Attempted Theft
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DATE: 2015-03-16 02:45
Country Name: St. Lucia
Location Detail: Rodney Bay Pigeon Island
EVENT: Attempted Theft
Stolen Items: None – unsuccessful attempt to steal dinghy w/ outboard
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: A dinghy w/outboard (in the water) was locked to the yacht with a 6mm cable, owner investigated noise at 0245 HRS and interrupted the thief who had just finished cutting the cable with a hacksaw, the thief fled in his own dinghy. Reported to marina and coast guard.

16 Mar 2015 - DATE: 2015-03-02 12:00 Country Name: Honduras Location Detail: Lawson Rock EVENT: Theft
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DATE: 2015-03-02 12:00
Country Name: Honduras
Location Detail: Lawson Rock
EVENT: Theft
Stolen Items: A Robertson and Caine catamaran was stolen 3 March from the Lawson Rock dock
SECURED: Not LockedStolen Yacht ROatan
DETAILS: The catamaran stolen on 3 March from Lawson Rock dock was reported to authorities and then found 1 week later abandoned/beached at Mahahual. It is not known if there was any damage to the yacht, or if anything had been stolen from the yacht.

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 Mar 2015 - Chris Parker Announces Weather Broadcast Schedule starting March 2015
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Chris Parker reports new and updated weather schedules:

NEW:

6:00am AST/EDT (1000 utc) on 4.045 & 8.137 USB
Antennas turned ESE from Florida
Format: Synopsis/Forecast for E Caribbean
Existing:

6:30am AST/EDT (1030 utc) to 8:00 am – on 4.045 & 8.137 USB
Antennas turned ESE from Florida
Format: Synopsis/Forecast for Bahamas
Note: this is best Net for VESSELS MOVING N from E Caribbean to Bermuda/30N

8:00am AST/EDT (1200 utc) on 8.137 USB & 12.350 USB
Antennas turned NE from Florida
Format: Synopsis/Forecast for US E Coast
Note: this is best Net for VESSELS N&W of Bermuda and N of 30N.

8:30am AST/EDT (1230 utc) on 8.137 USB & 12.350 USB
Antennas turned ESE from Florida
Format: Synopsis/Forecast for E Caribbean

9:00am AST/EDT (1300 utc) on 8.137 USB & 12.350 USB
Antennas turned S from Florida
Format: Synopsis/Forecast for W Caribbean

11 Mar 2015 - Deterioration in United States -Venezuela  Relations Impact Cruisers – Americans now need Visa – USA declares national security emergency.
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If you are a US flagged vessel or carry a US passport and are planning to visit (even the offshore islands in an “en transito” mode) you should obtain the latest information available and make an informed choice.  All US citizens now require a visa for entry into Venezuela, and these must be obtained prior to entry.  Arrival at any port , or an encounter with any official without the appropriate visa could result in denial of entry, or possibly detention and seizure. While foreign Venezuelan consulates can provide instructions and may process visa applications, travel to Venezuela by US flagged yachts or carrying US citizens should be considered at this time to be HIGH RISK.

CSSN encourages all US citizens currently in Venezuela, and any with assets there (boats, homes, businesses) to pay very close attention to the developing situation there. Historically,  response to this type of action by the US has been swift, but often poorly or inappropriately targeted. Cruisers and their boats could become the target for any local official hoping to improve their own standing in the Maduro regime. If you are a US citizen currently in Venezuela, it would be prudent to have a plan in place to depart on short notice.

US Announces New Executive Order Sanctions on Venezuela — Declares “National Emergency”

Monday 9 March 2015, United States President Obama issued a new Executive Order (E.O.) declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela. Declaring any country a threat to national security is the first step in starting a U.S. sanctions program. The same process has been followed with countries such as Iran and Syria, U.S. officials said.

Link to full article

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/09/us-usa-venezuela-idUSKBN0M51NS20150309

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/article13087994.html

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/09/fact-sheet-venezuela-executive-order

Venezuela Responds:

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela will respond shortly to new U.S moves to declare it a national security threat and sanction seven prominent officials, its foreign minister said on Monday. “We will soon make public Venezuela’s response to these declarations,” Delcy Rodriguez told reporters, declining to give further details.

Link to full article

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/09/us-usa-venezuela-minister-idUSKBN0M51QO20150309

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/09/venezuela-recalls-top-envoy-washington-us-sanctions

11 Mar 2015 - DATE: 2015-03-06 02:00 Country Name: SVG Location Detail: Canouan Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel) EVENT: Theft
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DATE: 2015-03-06 02:00
Country Name: SVG
Location Detail: Canouan Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel)
EVENT: Theft
Stolen Items: $400.00 in cash
SECURED: Not Locked
DETAILS: Boat was locked, but left a window open. An intruder entered overnight thru the open window, then rummaged thru a money clip and purse and took $400 cash while crew slept unaware on a windy, noisy night. Reported to the police.

10 Mar 2015 - DATE: 2014-12-07 02:00 Country Name: Dominican Republic Location Detail: Boca Chica EVENT: Robbery
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DATE: 2014-12-07 02:00
Country Name: Dominican Republic
Location Detail: Boca Chica
EVENT: Robbery
Stolen Items: cash
SECURED: Unknown
DETAILS: At 0200 hrs the only cruising yacht at Marina ZarPar (mooring) was boarded by 2 individuals with knives. They threatened the crew and demanded cash, which they took, leaving the crew uninjured before jumping overboard to escape. Radio calls to the CG and Marina went unanswered. A report was made to the marina the next day.

10 Mar 2015 - DATE: 2014-12-11 01:30 Country Name: Dominican Republic Location Detail: Boca Chica EVENT: Attempted Robbery
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DATE: 2014-12-11 01:30
Country Name: Dominican Republic
Location Detail: Boca Chica
EVENT: Attempted Robbery
Stolen Items: none -unsuccessful (attempted) armed robberyi
SECURED: Not Locked
DETAILS: At 0130 hrs 3 swimmers were heard boarding an occupied vessel on a Marina ZarPar mooring. The crew immediately secured the companionway, were prepared with a machete and were able to repel the boarders when they broke in thru the companionway and threatened with knives. Boarders jumped over and swam away. Boat alarms sounded and police were summoned. 1 individual was detained but then released. No injuries were reported. Marina ZarPar management reports that a radio has now been provided to security staff and night patrols stepped up. (see prior incident 7 December 2014)

09 Mar 2015 - DATE: 2015-03-06 02:00 Country Name: St. Lucia Location Detail: Vieux Fort EVENT: Theft
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DATE: 2015-03-06 02:00
Country Name: St. Lucia
Location Detail: Vieux Fort
EVENT: Theft
Stolen Items: 75 HP Yamaha engine
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: 75 HP Yamaha that was arc welded to the stern of a fishing boat was cut from the boat (causing damage ) and stolen overnight. Cruisers are not alone in dealing with dinghy/engine theft, this was most certainly a planned theft. The victim made reports to the local Vieux Fort police, and to the local newspaper.

For further information see the link http://www.stlucianewsonline.com/vieux-fort-fisherman-boat-engine-stolen/

08 Mar 2015 - DATE: 2015-03-02 22:00 Country Name: St. Lucia Location Detail: Rodney Bay Reduit Beach EVENT: Theft
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DATE: 2015-03-02 22:00
Country Name: St. Lucia
Location Detail: Rodney Bay Reduit Beach
EVENT: Theft
Stolen Items: Yamaha 4HP outboard
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: Sometime between 2000 & 2200hrs, a dinghy secured to a tree on Reduit Beach had the lock /cable that secured the outboard to the dinghy cut. the 4 HP outboard was stolen. Reports to the police and Rodney Bay Marina were made.

05 Mar 2015 - DATE: 2015-02-18 21:07 Country Name: Dominican Republic Location Detail: Luperon EVENT: Burglary
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DATE: 2015-02-18 21:07
Country Name: Dominican Republic
Location Detail: Luperon
EVENT: Burglary
Stolen Items: All tools being used for repairs. Along with small solar panels and anything else of perceived value including the new wiring loom being cut out.
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: The vessel was boarded twice possibly three times over a few of days. Other local sailors did not think it important to make a report to your site. However I let anyone know who would listen just as a warning, I wish I had been aware of your site before now. Thank you for your time running your site. Not reported to authorities.

CSSN Note: Reporting is important to other cruisers and law enforcement, who would like to have information about crime against yachts in the Caribbean so they can factor the information into their risk assessments. Also if it is not reported to authorities, it is as if it didn’t happen. No resources can ever be applied, because there is no data upon which to base resource allocation by law enforcement. Reporting helps us all. If you can offer ways for CSSN to make reporting more, better or different, please contact us!

27 Feb 2015 - CSSN UPDATE: St. Lucia – IGY RODNEY BAY MARINA RESPONDS TO NEGATIVE SECURITY REPORTS ON THE ISLAND
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IGY RODNEY BAY MARINA RESPONDS TO NEGATIVE SECURITY REPORTS ON THE ISLAND

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According to Marina Manager Simon Bryan, “IGY Rodney Bay Marina in St Lucia has taken proactive measures following a spate of incidents over the last six months which includes partnering with Guardsman St. Lucia Ltd to provide their security services.”

The marina is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for visiting yachtsmen.  This is underlined by the decision to choose Guardsman as their security contractor as they are considered the most professional security contractor in St Lucia with a reputation for high standards. The importance of providing a secure environment, where people can relax is a key priority for their management team, headed by the General Manager Simon Bryan. Of particular significance is the introduction of maritime patrols at night in the marina and the inner lagoon, as well as a canine patrol in the shipyard, extra guards at night and a security hut placed at the end of the main dock.”

Please do not hesitate to contact Simon directly at for not only bookings, but also any queries that you may have.

For the complete press release, click here.

To visit the Marina website click here.

CSSN Note: We wish all marinas would take active steps to insure security.  We realize it is an ongoing  cycle of escalating countermeasures to stay one step ahead of the criminals. Sustaining vigilance is always a challenge. For  previous posts see below :

New Security Measures at Rodney Bay Marina
Special Report On St Lucia:
Cruiser Meeting
Recent Report:
13 Feb 2015 - CSSN Safety News – Kidde Recalls Disposable Plastic Fire Extinguishers Due to Failure to Discharge
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If you have one of these on board you may be interested in this. 

Kidde Recalls Disposable Plastic Fire Extinguishers Due to Failure to Discharge

kiddeRecall Summary

Name of product:

Kidde plastic valve disposable fire extinguishers

Hazard:

A faulty valve component can cause the disposable fire extinguishers not to fully discharge when the lever is repeatedly pressed and released during a fire emergency, posing a risk of injury.

Click here for recall notice.

11 Feb 2015 - DATE: 2014-12-15 01:00 Country Name: St. Lucia Location Detail: Rodney Bay Marina EVENT: Theft
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DATE: 2014-12-15 01:00
Country Name: St. Lucia
Location Detail: Rodney Bay Marina
EVENT: Theft
Stolen Items: 15 HP Yamaha Enduro Outboard Engine
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: Wile crew was off island, Yacht stored in yard for antifouling 27 November 2014. Returned to Rodney Bay Marina Yard a about 8.20pm on 3rd Feb 2015. No guard at the main yard gate. Pedestrian gate was wide open. Once onboard it was clear the outboard was missing, and the dinghy was hanging differently. The motor was affixed to the dinghy with a strong stainless steel padlock through the aluminum engine mounting tightener. Additionally, a steel antitheft cable was looped through the motor lifting handle and affixed to yacht with an additional padlock. The tightener padlock was missing. A piece of sheared aluminum tightener was in the dinghy. Padlock on the steel cable was mangled, but not defeated, so cable was cut. This theft would have taken time and been noisy. After searching, we found a guard with a dog, who asked us if the engine in the guard hut was ours. It was not (A Tohatsu). The guard said that they had interrupted a burglary and that engine had been left under a boat. Judging by green algae growing in the water which collected as a result of motor being removed, the theft had taken place some time ago, Date of incident is approximate. Reported to Marina and Police.

08 Feb 2015 - UPDATE: DATE: 2015-02-01 10:00 Country Name: Honduras Location Detail: Underway from Bay Islands to the Rio Dulce EVENT: Robbery
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UPDATE: DATE: 2015-02-01 10:00 Country Name: Honduras Location Detail: Underway from Bay Islands to the Rio Dulce EVENT: Robbery

CSSN Sources in Rio Dulce, Honduras report that upon arriving in port, the vessel was immediately hauled out, the crew left the country two days later, so no “horse’s mouth” report is available.

Sources who did talk directly with the owners, said that the launcha which carried the attackers approached and asked for gasoline.  When the launcha came alongside, the three men jumped aboard, with a gun, and proceeded to quickly take all the items mentioned – phones, computers, jewelry, cash, etc.  They were not interested in removing any marine electronics.  There were four people aboard the sail boat – the owners and a couple of friends.

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07 Feb 2015 - DATE: 2015-02-01 10:00 Country Name: Honduras Location Detail: Underway from Bay Islands to the Rio Dulce EVENT: Robbery
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DATE: 2015-02-01 10:00
Country Name: Honduras
Location Detail: Underway from Bay Islands to the Rio Dulce
EVENT: Robbery
Stolen Items: The robbers took the outboard motor, the computer, the iPhone, money, jewelry etc. They were unhurried.
SECURED: N/A
DETAILS: Yacht was robbed by three armed men in an open launch 15 miles off shore opposite Puerto Cortez, Honduras, while underway Vessels vhf radio was not working. Nobody was physically hurt. Reported to the authorities at Livingston.

05 Feb 2015 - DATE: 2015-02-05 01:00 Country Name: Guadeloupe Location Detail: Marina Bas du Fort EVENT: Attempted Theft
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DATE: 2015-02-05 01:00
Country Name: Guadeloupe
Location Detail: Marina Bas du Fort
EVENT: Attempted Theft
Stolen Items: None, failed
SECURED: N/A
DETAILS: We were Stern-to at pier 6 in Marina Bas-du-Fort (just outside of marina office with large magnetically looked security gates). Someone stepped aboard and lifted up a loose water hose lying on the deck. We pounded hard on one of the main hatches and the person dropped the water hose and ran away. The whole incidence was over very quickly, ca 10 seconds. The Marina’s 24/7 emergency number was called. They spoke poor English and told us to talk with the Marina staff when the office opens the next morning. The Marina told us that they are not responsible for the security and refer to the local police. Reported to Marina.

03 Feb 2015 - Special Analysis for Grenada from the CSSN Database
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Special Analysis for Grenada from the CSSN Database

Since Grenada was reported as the number 2 HOTspot in the Caribbean Basin during 2014, CSSN is publishing this special analysis to round out the suite of special analysis reports for the top 3 HOTspots : St Lucia, Grenada and St Martin (Dutch and French).

 

 

Here is what CSSN Users see for 2014 when they look at the CSSN hotspot map for the Caribbean Basin:

 

2014 Hotspots Total Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grenada shows up as the second hottest HOTspot for 2014.

Grenada is highlighted below:

Grenada Hotspot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is the graph that shows all reported Grenada 2014 incidents. All the reports were for non violent incident types.

granada Graph 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CSSN is aware that Grenada is likely under reported (as is the entire Caribbean). We heard bits and pieces of reports about theft particularly to yachts left unattended in anchorages while crew were away for extended periods of time. Many of those incidents were not reported so we could not include them in our database.
In future, we anticipate better reporting of incidents using our new online reporting form that makes reporting easy and accurate and accessible from the CSSN homepage.
FOR ANALYTICAL TYPES:
Anyone can see 2014 HOTspot data by going to http://www.safetyandsecuritynet.com/ and clicking on HOTspots for 2014 or 2015 so far. For law enforcement or our more analytical users, all kinds of analyses are available with just a few clicks using filters.
01 Feb 2015 - CSSN UPDATE: New Security Protocols, Equipment and Personnel in St Lucia, Rodney Bay Marina (RBM)
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CSSN UPDATE!
CSSN UPDATE!

CSSN Sources in Rodney Bay Marina (RBM), St Lucia report increased security arrangements by marina management. There have been increasing incident reports in St Lucia, which have prompted action.

The marina manager recently returned to RBM following  Christmas break and is aware of the various security breaches, within the marina.

 

 

Here are the Specifics:

  1. The number of security guards has been significantly increased; and night patrols within the Security Guardmarina have been stepped up making the land border more secure.
  2. The main security gate has been inoperative since the beginning of November. It is Security Gaitanticipated that within the near future security technicians will convert the mechanism from “punch card” to ” smart card”. There is a security guard, at the  gate, 24/7.
  3. The waterway, which joins the Cut (the access channel into the marina from Rodney Bay Anchorage) and the Inner Lagoon, which runs N-S along the western aspect of the marina, will be Infrared_DM-PIR-7100AVFlmonitored. At least one Infra-red camera will be installed at the junction of “E” and “F” docks, which run along the waterway, with fibre-optic cable linking the camera to an observation room. Movement along the water channel after dark will be observed live and recorded. Any suspicious activity will be reported to the security guards, who will be required to investigate.
See previous posts:
 Special Report On St Lucia:
Cruiser Meeting
Recent Report:
CSSN Note: We hope these measures will be sustainable and reduce or eliminate the crime against yachts in RMB . We know that given enough time and opportunity, criminals can eventually defeat most countermeasures. Sustainable effort  (and expense) is required to stay one step ahead on the vessel or onshore.
01 Feb 2015 - DATE: 2015-01-23 20:30 Country Name: Honduras Location Detail: Roatan West End EVENT: Burglary
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NEW - CSSN Incident Report
NEW – CSSN Incident Report

DATE: 2015-01-23 20:30
Country Name: Honduras
Location Detail: Roatan West End
EVENT: Burglary
Stolen Items: A small amount of cash
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: While the owners were off the boat onshore for dinner unknown invader(s) boarded the boat, pried open a hatch and stole a small amount of cash. The boat was locked and there was damage to the hatch through which the invader(s) entered and another hatch which they were unable to open. There were no witnesses and no one was injured. Reported on NW Caribbean Net (0800 CST, 1400 UTC, 6209 USB alt 6212 & 6516)

31 Jan 2015 - DATE: 2014-12-20 00:00 Country Name: Colombia Location Detail: Rosarios Islands Isla Grande EVENT: Theft
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NEW – CSSN Incident Report https://www.safetyandsecuritynet.com/

 

DATE: 2014-12-20 00:00
Country Name: Colombia
Location Detail: Rosarios Islands Isla Grande
EVENT: Theft
Stolen Items: Yamaha outboard 15 HP stolen from the dinghy while the dinghy was hoisted alongside the boat. The motor was not locked but it was attached to the dinghy.
SECURED: Not Locked
DETAILS: The theft occurred while anchored in the lovely Rosario islands. The dinghy was hoisted. The motor was attached to the dinghy. Probably In the middle of the night someone came alongside and removed the outboard. Crew never awoke and had no idea that this was happening. Alcohol was not a factor. The boat is a S/V with husband and wife, and two children on board. Reported to Police.

31 Jan 2015 - 2014 Year End Report – Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN)
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CSSN Year End Summary of Crime against Yachts in the Caribbean – 2014

 

Click here for the full report.

30 Jan 2015 - Special Analysis for St. Martin (Dutch and French) from the CSSN Database
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AnalysisSpecial Analysis for St. Martin (Dutch and French) from the CSSN Database

Two recent onshore incidents in St Martin (French) have called attention to what seems to be an increasing rate of incident reports . Both incidents happened to Cruisers while onshore at shore side restaurants. Both were grab and run type of incidents. While CSSN does not record onshore incidents in our database, we do record the crimes against yachts; and in 2014 St Martin was the third hottest HOTspot in the Caribbean, according to our reports. We have noticed that sometimes when crime onshore involving cruisers increases, the probability of that crime spilling over to yachts seems to increase. This special report will hopefully support each captain’s risk assessment when considering a visit to St Martin.
Click Here  – to see first incident detail.
Click Here –  to see second incident detail.
As can be seen from the overall HOTspot map for 2014 St Martin is one of the top three HOTspots for 2014.  Here is what CSSN Users see for 2014 when they look at the CSSN hotspot map for the Caribbean Basin:
2014 Hotspots Total Map
St Martin shows up as the third hottest HOTspot for 2014.
St Martin is highlighted below:
St Martin HOTspot
Below is the graph that shows all St Martin 2014 incident reports, first for Dutch and French combined, then for each separately. All the reports were for non violent incident types.
St Martin Combined Dutch and French Graph 2014
St Martin Dutch Graph 2014
St Martin French Graph 2014
FOR ANALYTICAL TYPES:
Anyone can see 2014 HOTspot data by going to http://www.safetyandsecuritynet.com/ and clicking on HOTspots for 2014 or 2015 so far. For law enforcement or our more analytical users, all kinds of analyses are available with just a few clicks using filters.
30 Jan 2015 - Shoreside – Another Attempted Grab and Run – St Martin, Marigot
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Shoreside – Another Attempted Grab and Run – St Martin, Marigot

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2015-01-29 14:00

First hand report :

We had just left a restaurant after dining for lunch in a well populated restaurant area across the road from the ferry service outside Marina Fort Louis. We were eyed by two  young men aged approx 18 – 20 both were clean shaven and well dressed. One approached on foot and grabbed the necklace with the gold charm from the front of my neck, I tried to grab it back and told him he wasn’t having it, but only managed to hold onto the gold chain. The gold yacht charm fell to the ground and he picked it up and walked to a little foot scooter he had parked with his mate who was on a small push bicycle. They then rode off. We reported to the Gendarmerie who advised us this was the third reported incident of this type to tourist in the same area.

28 Jan 2015 - Crime against cruisers ashore still exists – a CSSN Friendly Reminder
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Crime against cruisers ashore still exists – a CSSN Friendly Reminder

While CSSN does not report  crime against cruisers ashore to our database, we still receive reports from time to time. A couple of incidents caught our attention this month

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One was an attempted grab and run incident in St Martin (French) Marigot 2015-01-27 16:25, where a cruiser was enjoying time in a shore-side restaurant when a man grabbed the gold chain from his neck and attempted to flee. While the attempt was confronted and stopped, this type of incident is common everywhere in the world, and can easily ramp up to violence. (Source: First hand report from the Victim) Click Here for More.

 

The other incident was a reported gang rape of a crew member ashore in Antigua

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in December 2014. Click here for more from original news article.  Source: Antigua Cruisers Group Facebook Groups, 03 January 2015)

While, each Captain deploys the  countermeasures  needed to secure the vessel and crew, shore side situational awareness is sometimes needed if the perceived risk is sufficient.

CSSN Note: Consider checking online local new agencies before you visit a country to determine if vigilance ashore would be wise. Sailors ashore have been occasional victims for centuries.

 

28 Jan 2015 - Shoreside – Attempted Grab and Run – St Martin, Marigot
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200509525-0012015-01-27 16:25  

While a cruiser was seated at a sidewalk cafe in Marigot, a young (18-25) male approached from behind and attempted to rip a gold chain from the neck. He made three attempts, breaking the chain and ripping the cruiser’s shirt, then fled without the chain when victim  stood and turned to confront him.

CSSN Note: Sometimes confrontation works… and when it does it can feel empowering; but this could have also ended badly.