In the past 3 days I've notices a French Coast Guard presents in the Lagoon
area. One Catamaran
was broken into about 3 in the Afternoon on Sunday.... No one saw anything.
have reportedly been apprehended but apparently they can only turn them loose again after a part of a day in jail. The kids
seem to know that nothing will be done to them and the adults who are often behind them keep them on the look out for an easy touch. Appears most are from the French side but they freely move about in the lagoon on both sides.
This is not unique for St Martin/ St Maarten, it is the same in many if not most other locations. I had a dink stolen in the BVI just before Christmas
a year ago. Everyone knows the kids that do it but the police can not do much as the parents don't seem to care in many cases.
Always lock everything up. Chain dinks with heavy chain not life line type cords... including at night to your boat. Also chain your gas tanks
to the dink and of course the motor
needs as many locks on it as possible and still be able to use it. Seems the most targeted items are outboards of the 15 horsepower and any computer/ camera/ money
that can be grabbed quickly. All should consider adding a hatch
lock / bar when they are away from the boat. It is looks hard to get into and away from... they seem to pass it up.
The good thing is I've not heard of any personal attacks or boardings when people were on the boats. I just wonder of these kids will escalate things as they grow older and want more money