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Boat Thefts Decline 24% Year-On-Year

By NATARIO McKENZIE

Tribune Business Reporter

nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

Boat thefts in the Bahamas dropped nearly 24 per cent year-over-year in 2016, according to police statistics, with the Association of Bahamas Marinas being credited for putting a “big dent” in the crime.

Sergeant Darren Robinson, of the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s Marine Support Services, in a presentation to the Association of Bahamas Marinas yesterday said four vessels have been reported stolen so far this year.

Two thefts occurred in Freeport, one in Abaco and one in Exuma. Three of those vessels have been recovered.

Sergeant Robinson revealed that in 2016 some 74 vessels were reported stolen of which 35 - almost 50 per cent - were recovered. In 2015, there were 97 vessels reported stolen, and 48 recovered.

“There is a decline in boat theft. Because of the marina operators distributing timely information on stolen boats, incidents are on the decline,” said Sergeant Robinson.

He added that based on communication with Jamaican law enforcement authoritied, a large number of vessels from the Bahamas are currently in their compound, having been seized and confiscated as a result of alleged drug running activities.

“In 2015 we noticed a trend that a number of vessels we stopped,  fishermen from Andros and other islands, said that persons from the US had asked them while out on the water if they wanted to trade boats,” said Sergeant Robinson.

“We later found out that persons claim off their insurance in the United States and then try and come to the Bahamas to retrieve the boat. That has been happening.”

Comments

B_I_D___ 5 years, 3 months ago

Hopefully more and more of the YCop rigs on the Yamaha's working their way through the system as well, pretty much making that engine you just stole worthless.

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John 5 years, 3 months ago

Strange that The Tribune would hide this story deep inside the Business section when it had so much headlines over the past two years about the boat thefts. And especially since the stealing of boats made international headlines and boaters were warned against bringing their boats to the Bahamas. The Tribune should be anxious to get the information out there that it was no all Bahamians that were behind the boat thefts and that some boaters were involved in scams to defraud their insurance companies by swapping their boats for ones less valuable and then claiming their boats were stolen. If they foreign boaters can go to that extreme, they could have also sold off their boats then steal ones to return to Florida or whatever destination they came from. Then either they would sell the boat when they got home or just leave it in a marina. Bahamians don't usually steal high end or luxury fishing boats because their presence in the hands of locals would be too obvious Except to do trafficking or other illicit activity. And if some of the legitimate owners were also involved in those activities and their boat is confiscated, most likely they will report it stolen.

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