In all of the hundreds of ports
that I've been in, I have only had one theft and it was in one of the most unlikely places in the world. i really don't even count it as a real theft because there were so many things of value laying around that they could have taken, including my wallet, full of cash and my wife's purse.
In '86, we sailed into Wellington NZ Harbor and we were directed (by the Harbor Master via VHF
radio) to moor at the Customs Dock
which was a large commercial dock
. We had been boon-docking for many months (in Fiordland on the South Island) and thought that it was time to call my wife's father and let him know that we were OK.
We went through a gate and around a building where we found a pay phone
. We spent about 30-minutes on the phone
then started the long walk back to the boat. When we arrived, there was a flashlight (torch) burning in the cockpit and the companionway hatch
had been broken open. It was obvious that there was one person in our boat and another person was a spotter. When we were seen returning, they ran off.
We went down below and the only thing that we could find missing was a stereo radio
that I had mounted on a bulkhead. It was a battery
that I had removed the whole battery
holder and wired it into my boats 12v system with a 9v converter, so it was no good to anyone else.
About the time that we finished examining the boat for missing items, we heard the vessel in front of ours pull away. It was Jacques Cousteau's "Calypso". The area that we were in was gated and there was no way that anyone else could have gotten in or out of that area. I am convinced that the culprates were on-board the Calylpso.
As a side note....I believe that was the old Calypso and she sank in French Polynesia
on that very voyage.