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Bob McDonald
03-07-2014, 03:49 PM
In our previous two trips we followed the recommendations to leave windows down and doors unlocked in our rental trucks and had no problems with break ins. I guess we didn't leave anything to be stolen in the trucks as well. Has anyone heard of what's been happening recently with break ins to cars/trucks?

Thanks.

DiverVince
03-08-2014, 02:05 AM
To my knowledge there have been no changes to the often repeated recommendations which you have adhered to in the past. My recommendation, do the same on your next trip.

gman
03-10-2014, 01:26 PM
I concur with DiverVince. I am witness to the theft still occurs - especially at Witches Hut. I also still see broken window glass at dive sites.

Dee
03-12-2014, 10:09 AM
Hey Gman!
You have been diving on bonaire for a long time. Not many people know Witches Hut. They changed the name many years ago, but Billy and I still call it Witches Hut.

matthewc
03-12-2014, 11:06 AM
Jena and I still log it as Witches Hut when we dive it. never had anything taken while there. windows left down and nothing in truck to take.

michaeto
03-12-2014, 11:50 AM
Andrea 2 is one of the worst.....new broken glass there every few days

gman
03-12-2014, 11:58 AM
Hi Dee....I guess they did change the name a few years ago, but I still refer to it by the old name :)

I had no idea the thieves would steal an old pair of Reef flip flops, but dang if they didn't! I guess they liked the bottle opener on the bottom.

wwguy
03-12-2014, 12:35 PM
"Witches Hut" is still listed on the BNMP and other current Bonaire dive site maps. The shore dive site is marked as Weber's Joy on the yellow rock marker, but I think most dive boats still refer to the nearby marine park buoy as Witches Hut.

BrianOD
03-13-2014, 10:15 AM
We come down to Bonaire every few years for extended stays (too many other places to visit, too little time). This time we've noticed a marked increase in security vehicles on both the southern end and the northern end. Over the past two weeks (Mar 1- Mar 13) every time we've gone north we've seen a GSS security vehicle drive by. Reassuring, but we still leave our windows open. We do leave towels and water bottles in the truck, nothing we'd be too upset about losing, though the fact of losing them hurts. We have been victims in years past and accept it as part of the cost of diving in paradise. Everyone should heed the warnings, but not let it deter you.

Didn't see any glass at witches hut, and we don't bother going to Andrea II anymore, don't want to get a flat tire from the smashed window glass in the parking area.

DiverVince
03-13-2014, 04:22 PM
This time we've noticed a marked increase in security vehicles on both the southern end and the northern end. Over the past two weeks (Mar 1- Mar 13) every time we've gone north we've seen a GSS security vehicle drive by. Reassuring, but we still leave our windows open.We have been victims in years past and accept it as part of the cost of diving in paradise. Everyone should heed the warnings, but not let it deter you.



Between you and me, I really don't know why you would be reassured by seeing a GSS security vehicle drive by a dive site. They are a private security firm hired by businesses and homeowners to monitor THEIR property. Rest assured they are not monitoring vandalism at a dive site. See their website

http://bonairebestliving.com/category/house/security-of-your-home/

And also from what I've seen, they drive too dam fast down EEG.

BrianOD
03-14-2014, 05:10 PM
Oh, I didn't know that. The bubble bursts as it rises to reality!

I can understand along the southern road, but why would they be driving along the road to Karpata? Once you get past Oil Slick, are there really any private homes out there? Of course they might be killing time till their shift ends, but that would be cynical.

DonnaDivingDiva
03-17-2014, 09:02 AM
Hello fellow-Bonaire-lovers: We have had one spectacular dive after another this month. Yesterday on a dive, a Giant Manta Ray soared past us, within 30 feet of us. To have these experiences, one has to take safety precautions of all sorts: dive equipment, buddy, and training; plus the the rental car and lodging.

I like to be aware of safety issues, but not dwell on them. Take the same precautions on Bonaire that you would in any major American city. I wouldn't leave valuables in a car even with doors locked in my hometown of Salt Lake City.
This month in Bonaire I have no petty theft issues so far. (Last year there were 3 attempts, but they found nothing to take) We leave nothing of value in the truck, not even my old sandals & cheap sunglasses. We would NEVER roll up and lock windows at a dive site.
You can roll up windows and lock doors if you park in a supermarket parking lot with gear ini the truck. Lots of people walking around, I've never heard of break-ins in a busier area. That said, if you are interested in keeping up with what's happening on Bonaire, read this forum, the Bonaire Reporter, and the Bonaire Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/forum-bonaire which is now starting to post police reports.

I can share 2 other stories: at Karpata last week some younger people (anyone under 40 looks young to me!) told us...The previous day they left cameras, cell phones, and wallets in their truck parked at Karpata while they went down to the shore (!!!) "It was only a few minutes and we locked the truck, we didn't realize one door really wasn't locked" sigh. They claim it was only 15 minutes, and their stuff was gone. They learned their lesson 'the hard way' .

My other story...In Hawaii at least 10 years ago, we were warned similar to here in Bonaire not to leave things in a locked vehicle at a beach. One day, I left old sandals, shorts and our Guide book under the seat while we snorkeled. But we locked the vehicle, likely out of habit. The vehicle was a Jeep sort with a soft cover zip-off top, which was up due to frequent rain showers. On our return, thieves had CUT the top with a knife, rather than un-zip it to get inside, and took the articles under the seat. We had to do a police report so insurance would cover the deductible. We never locked the vehicle again! Thanks to everyone who shares info in this forum. Love you guys!

Colin
03-17-2014, 12:31 PM
The annoying thing is that the large rental agencies, Hertz, etc. instruct renters to lock the vehicles with the windows up.
They insist on this instruction even when challeged.
It probably lets them off the hook for insurance if something does happen.

Dee
03-19-2014, 01:46 PM
yes, actually i long time ago, i had an old pair of my very favorite dive flip flops relocated to better feetor a tree(hahah), it was weird they took those old things, kinda like a dare or something.

DiverVince
03-19-2014, 03:39 PM
I really get exasperated when I read these "break in at dive site" threads. Generally everyone focuses on the victims which is quite understandable. Unfortunately when these victims do not follow the well published rules on dive site etiquette, it harms all of us by providing a positive reinforcement to the perps, thereby perpetrating the deviant behavior. If everyone left windows opened and nothing but junk in the unlocked vehicle, I'd venture to guess that it wouldn't take long for the perps to find some other use of their time (maybe honest work). When a perp breaks in and walks away with valuables, this is a positive reinforcement of their behavior. In psychology this is called operant conditioning first formulated by BF Skinner. It's applicable to training animals and also people.

kob
03-19-2014, 04:23 PM
Spot on, Vince

matthewc
03-19-2014, 06:13 PM
i agree with KOB ,