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Brazil, Cabedelo: Armed Robbery at Jacaré Marina - July 2017

By Jacqui & Kevin Enright — last modified Dec 14, 2017 02:38 PM

Published: 2017-08-30 23:00:00
Topics: Piracy & Security Incident Reports 2017
Countries: Brazil

On the 24th of July, 2017, four armed bandits came into the bar of the Jacaré Marina and robbed at gunpoint a group of cruisers who were relaxing and making use of the Marina's Wifi.

Their haul included several phones, computers, tablets and wallets.

The barmaid called the police and the marina owners. The owners then liaised/acted as translators between those robbed and the police.

After this incident we felt extremely vulnerable while alongside in the marina, where the jetties do not have any security gates and are freely open to anybody passing by.

This apparently is the first time that any such incident has happened in Jacaré to cruisers. Which is such a shame because, it was up until now, always considered one of the safest places places in Brazil to visit by boat.

Jacqui & Kevin Enright
Sydney, Australia
SV TINTIN

 

Response from Marina Jacaré Village

 

I am Nicolas, one of the owners of the marina. When that very sad event happened I was in France on holidays. I was informed right away by my two partners.

The police had watched the security video tapes and have the four thieves in custody.

Regarding the thieves, they are not from the neighbourhood. I have been here four years and it's the very first time that this kind of armed robbery has happened.

I assure cruisers that Jacaré is still a safe spot - I Iive here in the marina with my 7 year old son.

To deal with the security issues, we have closed the surrounding wall of the bar/restaurant, improved the lighting and installed some more cameras. We also hired one more security guy.

Regarding the access to the pontoon, this will be closed very soon with security access gates.

 

Nicolas Tiphagne
Manager of Marina Jacaré Village
Port officer of the Ocean Cruising Club

 

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CaptainRon
CaptainRon says:
Dec 10, 2017 11:12 AM

There have been many robberies in and around Jacare over the years. In 2000 my yacht was boarded and robbed along with another yacht the same night. There were also two incidents of women being mugged on shore There was then a spate of dinghy thefts. The owner of one yacht at anchor caught people attempting to cut through his anchor chain. It got so bad that all the foreign yachts left. In 2011 my wife was assaulted and robbed 100 metres from the marina and I had a gun placed to my head while in Joao Pessoa by thieves after my bicycle, (they didn't get it!). The marina and anchorage is located very close to a large 'favela'. A friend of mine who has a house on the waterfront in Jacare, from where he works during the day, now returns to an apartment in Cabadello at night following his family being robbed at gunpoint. The English owner of the original boatyard was the victim of a violet home invasion. To say Jacare is safe is a very irresponsible statement.
I now live on the Island of Itaparica, near Salvador, which has also, over the years, experienced many incidents, including violent assault and murder. At the moment it has been a few years since any incidents have occurred, mainly because very few yachts come here now. There is absolutely no doubt there will be more incidents in the future. If you are lucky enough to visit Brazil and no fall a victim to some sort of crime you are just that......LUCKY.

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