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French Polynesia, Moorea: Boarded and Burgled whilst ashore - October 2015

By SV Norango — last modified Nov 02, 2015 10:39 PM

Published: 2015-10-19 23:00:00
Topics: Piracy & Security Incident Reports 2015
Countries: French Polynesia

We are a cruising family making a stop in Moorea, anchored in Maharepa, facing the Moorea Beach Coffee.

The night of 15-16 of October 2015, a crew of thieves broke into our boat (main cabin), after having hammered the padlock.

We were not onboard that night and I think the boat was alone in the anchorage. That night there was no moon and it was rainy.

The team of thugs took out our tools, 2 batteries and they managed to destroy the vault. In there they found a watch, a mini Ipad, and a GPS unit. They also stole some rope, pencils and some cups. It appears they may have been local young residents in need of things for their homes, children and fishing boats.

We went to the local police to make a report and file a complaint the same day. We also put an advert in the local shops to try and get some tips as to how we could retrieve some of our stuff that was stolen. We were approached by a journalist who was willing to write a newsletter in Tahiti infos. We have no update on the news article.

Apparently there is some + 10% increase in thefts in Polynesia, affecting the communities, so cruisers pay attention to your goods, because the thieves wander around your boats.

 

 

David Ruffieux
Moorea
SV Norango

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