Super Senior River Rat
Joined: 02 Nov 2007
|Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 5:51 am Post subject: Merrry Christmas!
|Hi everyone, as I wake up this morning preparing to pick up a group of people from the airport, I thought about the Rio Dulce Cruisers Net last Wednesday. In case you have not put it together, I am the Net Controller on Wednesday mornings. At the beginning of the Net, there is a place for anyone to announce themselves and bring to our collective attention an Emergency or Medical situation. We will say,"Is there any Emergency or Medical Traffic, please come now..." typically there is a moment of silence which we are all grateful for. Wednesday was no different.
Later in the broadcast under a different topic (Information offered or needed) there was a call from a voice that I was not able to fully catch the boat name on. After a couple of trys to recognize the boat name I told the caller to go ahead anyway.
He announced that he had already contributed to the local economy by having his dinghy motor stolen. An odd way to ask for assistance. I know that having a motor stolen can be a very disheartening experience. I do sympathize with the gentleman.
Well I thought of this on my drive to Guat City, and last night as well.
There were two halves to this, was the gentleman wronged. Absolutely without a doubt (keep in mind I have not validated this event).
But he was encouraged to report the details of this event here on the Security Forum, I am less inclined to lend credence to his claim. Because even though he said he had access to the internet, he has not made mention of it here.
The Member Businesses of Eco Rio do take this seriously, but. Yup there is always a "but", we as boaters need to take this seriously as well. See how you answer the following questions?
1. Do I lock my Dinghy when I am not within eyesight of it?
2. Do I lock my Dinghy overnight?
3. Do I own a lock to lock my dinghy and motor?
I know this may seem a bit, "in your face", but the best and first line of defense against losing your property is to "Maintain Ownership" treat the property like you wish to keep it under your control.
If you do lose your property, the next questions is, Do you have the documents necessary to prove ownership? Receipts and registrations or entrance documents.
The incident should be reported to the Naval Patrol, the patrol does have the ability to check serial numbers on motors any time a boat or vessel is boarded. But unless they have these numbers, they wont even look at the motor. This means YOU (the owner of the motor and person who feels the world has slighted you) MUST file a report.
If you don't, then there is no claim of theft that will be recognized. Sound familure? It is typical with most law enforcement agencies. Additionally IF you are insured, (and you can obtain insurance here in Guatemala), you will again need a police report to file a claim.
So, even though I am not doubting the gentlemen who announced the loss of his motor, he still has the opportunity to do something about it. He needs to follow up on this.... if someone knows him.. please put him in touch with me.
Post some contact information here and I will assist you in filing a claim. If you don't, then the buck stops with you Amigo.
Marios Marina & Cayuco Club