Cops encourage owners to increase boat security

| 28/08/2014

(CNS): The RCIPS is warning owners to secure their boats against opportunists who are looking to steal boats to take offshore to another country, or to use for their own escape from prosecution in the Cayman Islands. Following the theft of a boat from the dock at Omega Bay earlier this week Acting Chief Inspector Ian Yearwood of the RCIPS’ Marine Unit said: “Boat owners invest thousands of dollars in their boats, and they must take the necessary precautions to secure their boats against theft.” The police are advising boaters to limit the amount of fuel in their boats to a range of about twenty-five to forty miles to make it difficult for thieves to reach another land destination if they steal a vessel.

“The nearest land to Grand Cayman are Little Cayman and Cayman Brac which are about 74 and 89 nautical miles, respectively away,” the police stated. “Boats owners should make it extremely difficult if not impossible for thieves to steal their boats by investing in security systems that electronically disable their boats from thieves having to drive them away.”

Encouraged to Install GPS tracking systems to allow owners to monitor the locations of their boats the police also said keeping boats in brightly lit areas at night will also deter the theft of their costly vessels.

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  1. Anonymous says:

     No! the police will not answer your call, unless you are a close friend to one of them and they give you their personal cell number. Have you ever tried to get through to the Bodden Town station, day or night. You end up calling Central station in Georgetown, where you can leave a message and  yiu will never be called back. Cayman is in a very serious condition, and we can prepare for the worse is yet to come. Can you imagine criminals are entering into this country through the back doors without legal rights of entry and can wander around this island rob, steal and kill then leave after the plunder suits them.This slackness has been going on much too long. We are encourageng boat owners be cautious and secure their properties.

  2. Ready_4_U_Now says:

    I've had my boat stolen here and can tell you the theives aren't stupid enough to take only the fuel on the boat.  They can easily bring a few small 18gallon platic drums and have enough to make it to where they are going.  It is also possible that someone can meet them offshore to give them fuel. This isn't just a few guys doing this, there are many involved.  These criminals get dropped off by a driver, where they are going to someone must be meeting them. When they come back to Cayman they certainly don't come back empty handed. The boating community needs to get together on this one. I doubt the RCIPS detectives even compare notes on the previous thefts.  

  3. 4Cayman says:

    What baffles me is that the RCIPS knew about these drug runners loose on the island yet they gave the alerts to secure your boats after the fact a boat has been stolen, potentially by the same drug crew on the run, who probably by now is in Jamaica having a cold one with a boat up for sale.

    • Anonymous says:

      19:28, apparently 3 Jamaicans were picked up in the Brac with US$10K on them……hmmmmm

  4. Anonymous says:

    See, see, most of the good officers that actually did the work have been forced out.

    The only thing you got left are either greenhorns, or they themselves are involved (we KNOW who they are, only the RCIPS don't know or don't care as that is still up for grabs).

    Just look at the management of the unit, one CInsp, one Insp and two Srgts that DO NOT have ANY TYPE of Marine training or experience. All you gotta do is ask for there training records and certificates.

    Until this unit becomes separate from the mismanagement and misuse of the RCIPS, that has NO marine experience or interests, and becomes a Coast Guard then IT WILL NOT get any better, and that is a fact.

    Two separate political parties have stated in there manifestos that they were going to change the Marine Unit into a Coast Guard. The question of cost came up and the answer was simple, you are already paying for it. Just take the Marine budget that is part of the RCIPS budget and separate it, simple. The only problem would be that the RCIPS would not have its slush fund that it uses for its mistakes anymore, like they have done in the past before. That also is facts.

    Anyways unless someone has the wherewithal to step up and actually make the change then nothing will ever happen and all this talk is a waste of time so suck it up. Also fact.

    • Sea legs says:

      It is awful compared to the UK and the USA the lack of common sense on the sea with our RCIP.  What a disgrace coming from a seafairing society.  Ask any local boater about "right of way" or basic yachtmaster safety (stuff I learned at age 12) and they are clueless. 

      Just becasue your grandfather went out to sea, it does not give you the right to be a moron on the North Sound.  The Govt could make better safety outcomes and a bit of cash if only we would enforce some sea rules and offered ocean safety classes.  All other countries have respect for the sea and boaters have to take safety courses. I would like to see Sunday enforcement at Rum Point and Kaibo, but the powers to be have egos the size of the Pacific and common sense is lost on the lot of them.


  5. Anonymous says:

    I have started a new boat security company that will provide security 24/7, and the rates are quite reasonable. You only have to pay for the fuel. We will take your boat to the Sand Bar, and Twelve-Mile Bank, and Pickle Bank, and Little Cayman, and other locations depending on the size of your boat. You can sleep peacefully knowing that when the thieves come for your boat that we will have it somewhere else.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like another ad for the a curtain security company sponsored by the RCIPS and other government officials.  Perhaps they should just name the company like they have in previous awareness meetings.

    CNS…there is a real story behind this perhaps you should investigate.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sounds good CNS….hopefully they will start investigating this certain security company like they do all others!!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      And guess what company offers this so called "GPS" service????

  7. Anonymous says:

    Find the local element that is aiding and abetting the theives, then the problem will diminish 99%. Some local entities are assiting in the recent year or so spate of boat thefts. Boat types, size & capacity are being cased out & then put on a 'list' of desirable craft that can be taken to Jamaica. The thieves cant land in Cuba & most of the sized craft similar to the Mako that was taken dont have the range for Central America on a single tank of fuel.Addiional fuel will be required. But any vessel with +170 gallons capacity at the minimum can make Jamaica, so that is where the boats are being taken. There has to be a local body in Jamaica that can source this particular recent boat theft location, seize the vessel and arrest those in possession of it and make a joint effort between countries to see the vessel returned to its rightful owner, A liaison between local police here, those in Jamaica & the J.D.F ????

    Living in a country like Cayman is this day and age, with blatent theft of peoples expensive belongings ( with no regard for investigation & prosecution of those involved) is unacceptable , Inspector Yearwood…………….

  8. Anonymous says:

    There are more important priorities for the police that looking after the toys of the rich.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah!!  If your "rich" enough to own a boat you deserve to have it stolen.  Retard.

  9. John Bull says:

    What mess this little place in and yet we got more cameras and Foreign police than Quakers have Oats. Those incharge this little island are and utter disgrace but i bet they can find the bank of pay day but cant find three of their own illegal nationals running around . Cayman is paying for its own demise!

    • Pit Bull says:

      For the record, this illiterate is no relation.

      • Samuel Sharpe says:

        The missing words were deliberate Pitbull and you being a typical little John Bull@%$& could not contain yourself or resist responding to defend the Realm which like you should be put in a dust bin u ungrateful little ras! you don't like it here we all would like you and ya little Colonial parasitic ideology to move to another host.

  10. Anonymous says:

    In other words, "We're completley useless and ineffective so you're on your own.  Good luck."

  11. Anonymous says:

    Police need to do THEIR part! What about forensics? It's 2014, but in Cayman it's 1902!


  12. Anonymous says:

    I have a brilliant idea…put little holes in your boat so when the buggers steal it they will sink halfway to Jamaica and become shark feed. This is why I should be premier–the sheer brilliance of my cunning plan….!!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Probably the worst thing you can do for a boat mechanically, is leave a tank nearly empty. It leaves too much of a void for condesation to build up, and contaminate the fuel supply.



    • Anonymous says:

      Absolutely true. I was told by engineers to always try to top off my boat after using it for that reason.


      Certainly having an anti-theft GPS system would be a good idea. Here is one that sends you an email if your boat is moved.

      You can buy them many places including here:

      These devices cost about $100 but require an annual fee of $100 too.

      I have one of their other devices with me in my boat that can be used to signal international rescue in the event of a problem.

      THe question is: Would the police do anything if you phone them to say your boat is being stolen and this is where it is?


  14. Anonymous says:

    In other words you are on your own Captain. Our boats are broke down and anyway we are watching TV

  15. Anonymous says:

    And what will happen i someone hurts one of these thieves trying to steal their boat???


    It will eventually happen! These guys will eventually be caught in action and it will not be pretty???


    I put this comment, as I know the thieves will probably read it?

    • Anonymous says:

      Dude, use the boat. No one has to know. Though you might need to buy a new ancchor the next day.