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Greece, Messolonghi: Burgled at night - August 2015

By B Schindler — last modified Aug 13, 2015 01:09 PM

Published: 2015-08-12 23:00:00
Topics: Piracy & Security Incident Reports 2015
Countries: Greece

August 10th, 2015

We were moored in Messolonghi port, alongside at the public quay close to the water hose.

Thieves boarded our boat in the middle of the night, between 1 and 4 am. We were aboard, asleep at the time, and the boat was not locked or closed up due to the hot weather.

The thieves entered through the cockpit and stole some items that were on the navigation station (an iPhone, Kindle and cash). The money was in my husband's man purse that they took back up on deck to remove the cash. They did not take passports or credit cards.

We were advised by the port police that it was gypsies, kids aged 12-15. The police also told us they had boarded a boat at anchor in front of the marina as well.

There are always people on the quay at all other hours due to the tavernas and early morning fishermen who arrive around 4 am. During the day and early evening your boat is quite safe here. Where we were berthed (by the water hose) is not the designated area for cruisers - this is marked with a green stripe. However many boats tie up here due to easy access to the water supply. The green stripe area was full when we arrived and this is the acceptable overflow. I think it may be less safe in the green stripe area with fewer tavernas and no early morning fishermen.

The towns people are well aware of the problem. In the town square we were advised to be careful with our bikes and at the museum, the host told us to place our bikes in the doorway due to the thieves. I was most concerned by the thieves swimming out to an anchored boat, as reported to me by the port police.

The marina may be your safest bet, but again, their gate is not locked.

Be careful if you go there. The Greek government has set up housing for the gypsies so they are permanent residents.

Barbara Schindler (USA)

See also Greece, Messolonghi: Thieves on board - July 2012

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