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French Polynesia, Tahiti: Yachts burgled at Marina Papeete - August 2017

By Trish Elkins — last modified Oct 16, 2017 04:13 PM

Published: 2017-08-31 00:00:00
Topics: Piracy & Security Incident Reports 2017
Countries: French Polynesia

There have been a series of thefts from boats tied up at Marina Papeete in the last week.

Last night (28 August 2017) we awoke to shouts on the dock (at the floating pontoons close to the marina office) but could see nothing. Checked our boat and all seemed in order. We could see nothing and no-one at that point and went back to bed.

This morning I realised that my purse had been emptied of cash and that two old devices used for music storage had gone. The theft must have happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning - between midnight and 1 o'clock I think.

The shouting was traced to a boat at the far end of the pontoon where the owner had disturbed someone trying to pick the lock on their door. The thieves ran away, climbed the marina fence and disappeared into the park.

Another boat next to us had a phone and wallet stolen last week.

We are on the pontoon closest to the marina office, about 80m from the security gate.

The saloon door was closed but not locked.

The stolen cash was in my purse, in my handbag, in the saloon - the thieves left credit cards etc. alone. Computers and iPads were also in the saloon, but weren't taken. The small devices taken were in a basket used for holding them as they charge, above the chart table.

Be aware security here is minimal. There is one guy on a bike and once he cycles past, thieves can easily climb the fencing around the gate.

I have made a report to the local police and also to the marina management, particularly as the lighting in the promenade area, which runs parallel to the pontoon, is not working and the area is very dark at night.

Trish Elkins

Update:

We have been away from Papeete for a week or so. On our return there is barbed wire around the top of the fence where the thieves climbed over a few weeks ago, but two neighbouring boats were burgled last night.

The lights along the park area here, parallel to the pontoon, are still not working. We have been in the area for 6 weeks, and they have not worked at all. Very dark - a thieves' paradise it seems.

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