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Turkey, Datca: Break in and Theft

By Sue Richards last modified Nov 03, 2011 09:38 PM

Published: 2011-11-03 21:38:20
Topics: Piracy Reports 2011
Countries: Turkey

On 4 October 2011 we were anchored in the bay south of Datca about 400-800 yards from the town quay. There were about 15 boats anchored nearby and we were the furthest offshore.

When we went ashore I think most of the yachts were occupied and certainly those nearest to us were. While we were ashore between 1900-2200, our yacht "Tapestry" was forcibly entered.

There were no lights on apart from the anchor light. All our hatches and the companionway were locked.

The main companionway was forced open by forcibly sliding the top hatch forward, thereby bending the lever that the cylindrical lock turns. We only realised that we had been broken into when we found the locking mechanism bent and jammed. We think the culprit tried to close the companionway as he/she left in an attempt to prevent us realising we had been broken into.

This is fairly similar to the 2 break ins you described on Noonsite in August near Orhaniye (only 25 miles from Datca) where the victims were slightly uncertain about whether the two yachts concerned had really been broken into.

Only cash was taken - fortunately we only had TL120 on board. The cash was taken from a purse which was in a handbag in the aft cabin. Bank cards were not touched. It also looked as if the culprit had looked for jewellery as a jewel roll with only trinkets in had been disturbed.

A laptop and mobile phone on the chart table were left alone.

We did not report the incident to the police as we felt that it was unlikely we would recover the money and we felt that the likely bureaucracy would not be worth it. We did however inform the local harbourmaster and several of the yachts anchored nearby. Not one of them had previously been in the habit of locking up as they went ashore!

It is clear that thefts are still continuing in this area.

Ian & Lesley Bloom
SY Tapestry