Originally Posted by RaptorDance
We've been out cruising since 2004 and the crime rate is very low. Lower than on land.
Sometimes a dingy or outboard
gets lifted, but that's pretty rare.
The only vandalism that we know of here in Mexico
was a few years back - someone was stealing just the fuel
hose between the outboard
and gas tank off dingies in Zihuatanejo.
In San Diego
there was a mentally unbalanced individual who'd ice pick your dingy if you anchored too close to him.
Generally, we've found the crime rate lower in Mexico
than the US. Particularly in the cruising areas.
While in Zihuatanejo in the mid '90's we witnessed some local kids
casing anchored boats while driving daddy's panga. We watched as they eventually stole some t shirts off someone's lifelines
. We immediately got on the VHF
and put out a "get out your cameras" message. The boys took off at high speed across the bay and I hopped in our dinghy
and followed them back under the bridge. Before they knew what happened, I had grabbed the man overboard
cord from their engine
. In Spanish I told them they would have to get it back tomorrow. They pleaded for me to give back the motor
key to no avail. I kept it and told them they would only get it back at the Port Captains office the next morning! Several cruisers showed up the next morning with us. The boys (with their fathers) were there as well. You never saw such a sorry looking bunch. The fathers were not mad at us, but it was obvious they were embarrassed and the boys heads were hanging.
The Port Captain
was very glad we had come forward as there had been a lot of this type of activity for some time.
The Port Captain
(a woman) and other officials took the kids
and their fathers into the next room, and the Spanish flew hot and heavy for about 20 minutes! Eventually the PC came out and made the boys apologize. We never had any more trouble after that.