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Old 18-05-2017, 09:11   #46
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Re: Security

Originally Posted by leboyd View Post
Not to get into a gun/deadly force debate, but this is simply not true. Colorado, Nevada, North Dakota and Texas (possibly others) allow deadly force in protection of your property in regards to your abode. You can't shoot someone stealing your iPhone at the restaurant, but you can shoot someone trying to get out of your house with your iPhone.

Several countries (Australia, England and possibly others) also allow it.

The key is to know the laws. You can find good references by looking up the "Castle Doctrine".

shoot someone with your iPhone! Is there some sort of bullet app now?
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Old 18-05-2017, 09:24   #47
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Re: Security

Once in New Bedford, MA we dinghied to shore and there was a guy on his cell phone describing (in Spanish) every outboard he saw. He was shopping. Luckily I speak Spanish so I just stayed with the dink.

That's the attitude we came to the West Coast with.

In the 2+ years we've been here I've seen:
- a wallet full of cash and credit cards returned to the office
- a 15 year old stereo stolen out of an old car
- a cell phone that was left in the shower room taken.

Sounds like kids to me. The wallet scared them, but the stereo and phone were too good to pass up.

My nightmare scenario - the one I would consider going ballistic over - is if they stole my Extra Tough Boots I leave on the back deck. So it is very much where you are that dictates your experiences. If you wear a Rolex and drive the equivalent boat you might expect more scrutiny from the local population. Nothing wrong with it, just don't get upset when it happens.
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Old 22-05-2017, 14:34   #48
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Re: Security

Originally Posted by barnakiel View Post
We do not carry any weapons.

We lock up the boat when we go ashore, except in Sweden.

We do not go places that have bad name, unless there is no way round it. We are very fit and could possibly outrun some villains.

We walk (not drive) in plain clothes and we talk to people. We do not spend time in bars nor visit places where iffy things get done (prostitution, drugs, etc.)

I can only recall two countries I'd rather not go to again. Elsewhere it was either safe or else safe enough.

What? No Prostitutes, drugs, bars?? BORING peeps!!!!
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