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French Polynesia, Raiatea, Uturoa: Yacht burglaries on the public dock - June 2015

By Cruiser's name withheld - prefers to remain anonymous — last modified Jun 17, 2015 07:58 AM

Published: 2015-06-10 23:00:00
Topics: Piracy & Security Incident Reports 2015
Countries: French Polynesia

The cruiser who sent us this security report prefers to remain anonymous:

We are currently cruising French Polynesia and have throughly enjoyed every minute. We are passing through Raiatea for the second time.

I want to report three cases of boats being boarded in the last two weeks in Uturoa on the town public dock. We are still cruising here and want to make sure fellow cruisers are aware of petty crime here.

The first incident happened two weeks ago to a friend's boat tied up close to the Shell Gas Station. His boat along with three others were boarded at night and various items were stolen. All three boats were unlocked. The perpetrator was maced and fled leaving various items behind.

We pulled back into the public dock today to re-provision and met two Australian boats that were boarded last night with a Laptop stolen with forceful entry and the perpetrator being chased off a second boat when the owner was awoken.

Local recommendations are NOT to tie up here over night but anchor off the town or pick up a mooring ball over night. Our suggestion is to go to Taha'a and pick up a moring ball by the old yacht club and spend the night there.

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