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Minimising the impact of a robbery


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What is the issue?
Robberies are rare aboard vessels but they do happen.

Why address this?
Having a plan, as in most difficult or dangerous situations, always helps.

How to address this?
Have a sacrificial cash box that is easily found, or handed over in a crisis, but contains very little of real value.
Small lock and key cashboxes can be picked up in most office supplies. Carefully print the ships name on it and label it cashbox with a £ or $ symbol to make it look like the ships stow. Place the collected excess currencies from your travels that are of little value in the cash box. Also keep out of date credit cards here and a few solid rolls of US single dollars bills that once again look more valuable than they are.
Hopefully if the boat is broken into the thieves will find this quickly and depart quickly with the score. Likewise in a hold up situation handing it over quickly and without issue could diffuse a tense situation.
It should be much later that they discover that the foreign denominations are of little value and the credit cards are out of date.


With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.

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