Originally Posted by Katiusha
+1 to yeloya's and Jacques2 answers. In our experience Turkey has very low crime rate in general, especially boat-wise.
All petty theft cases I know about in Turkey (2) were attempted by fellow foreign boaters on the anchorages
. Turkish people do not take lightly to theft crimes - I'm gathering it's part of their nature. Very safe here... just watch out for tourists
It must have been a foreign boater or a tourist who stole my wife's purse and passport out of her shopping
cart in the supermarket in Marmaris--NOT!!!
She went to the police and filed a report. The next day a Kurdish Turk found the purse and passport (minus money) and reported it to the police--they had no record
of the theft. He then looked in the purse, made a bunch of phone
calls, and tracked us down to Yatmarin. However, by then we were in Ankara at the US embassy applying for a replacement passport. He made more phone
calls and found us as she was filling out the forms. Halet remains a good friend to this day, and one of the highlights of our visit to Turkey was going to his cousin's wedding.
Bottom line, there is crime in Turkey as there is everywhere, but there are so many really nice people there I would not hesitate to go back.