Dominican Republic, Luperon: Unoccupied yacht burgled – November 2018
Thieves broke into an unoccupied, but well-locked yacht, thru a deck hatch, damaging the hatch
Published 5 years ago
DATE: 2018-11-10 00:00
Country Name: Dominican Republic
Location Detail: Luperon
Stolen Items: Honda generator, compressor with hose, water pump and many tools
Thieves broke into an unoccupied, but well-locked yacht, thru a deck hatch, damaging the hatch. The minder/caretaker discovered the theft the next morning. A stolen dinghy had been used to transport the goods and it was recovered. A report was made to the police, coast guard, port captain, the Puerto Blanco Marina, the tourist office and on the VHF net.
In response to the recent increase in thefts and boat burglaries, on November 14, 2018, stakeholders in Luperon met and roles/jurisdictions were clarified, including correct crime reporting procedures. To enhance the security on the water the Navy comandante from Puerto Plata reinstated a patrol boat in Luperon bay with immediate effect. Initially, provisional equipment will be used, but a bigger patrol boat in association with a small patrol boat are expected. Locally, the Navy (call name: Richard) can be reached on VHF channel 68 24/7 in case of emergency. The National Police indicated that a 911-call will activate the patrols around the bay at all times.