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    Lost/Stolen Camera: Radisson Aug 16

    Hi everyone,
    I recently got back from a friend's wedding in Aruba. As you might expect, it was amazing! It was my first trip and I wish I had an opportunity to read this board BEFORE I went, but...better late than never right?

    Unfortunately, I had two unsettling experiences while in Aruba, both of which occurred at the Radisson. The most upsetting was that that my camera, filled with wedding photos, was "lost".

    Do you have any advice on what I can do?

    I know I did not "misplace" it. We have checked with all members of the wedding to ensure they didn't accidentally pack it up and have continuously checked with the hotel, but it is no where to be found.

    I am absolutely positive I had it on Sunday, August 17 at Gilligans during lunch. We left and went to join others in our group at the beach (hut #123). After leaving the beach 3 hours later, the camera was gone. The only two options are that it was taken from my bag on the beach or I left it on the table at Gilligans and it was taken from there. Either way, I'm devestated.

    Since I am new to the Aruban way of life, are there any known places I should look. When this happens, do people tend to try and re-sell it? pawn it?
    I tried looking at internet swapshops for Aruba, but came up empty. I would do anything to just get the memory card back. They can keep the camera!!!

    Thanks for any advice you have. I am just so sad that the photos are gone. It put a damper on the whole trip and even now, I'm still scrambling to think of a way to find it...

    Thanks,
    Maggie

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    sorry to hear of the loss of the camera
    such disappontment!
    check out the link provided from a person who lost a camera and the suggestions offered.

    i too had my camera taken at a restaurant in aruba.
    i went to the ladies room, the wait person cleared the table while i was gone.
    My camera mysteriously was cleared along with the dirty dishes etc.... AND my husband was sitting right there. No camera to be found.

    andrea
    Lost Digital Camera at Radisson Aug. 24th, 2008
    Quote Originally Posted by lostcameraNY View Post
    Hi everyone,
    I recently got back from a friend's wedding in Aruba. As you might expect, it was amazing! It was my first trip and I wish I had an opportunity to read this board BEFORE I went, but...better late than never right?

    Unfortunately, I had two unsettling experiences while in Aruba, both of which occurred at the Radisson. The most upsetting was that that my camera, filled with wedding photos, was "lost".

    Do you have any advice on what I can do?

    I know I did not "misplace" it. We have checked with all members of the wedding to ensure they didn't accidentally pack it up and have continuously checked with the hotel, but it is no where to be found.

    I am absolutely positive I had it on Sunday, August 17 at Gilligans during lunch. We left and went to join others in our group at the beach (hut #123). After leaving the beach 3 hours later, the camera was gone. The only two options are that it was taken from my bag on the beach or I left it on the table at Gilligans and it was taken from there. Either way, I'm devestated.

    Since I am new to the Aruban way of life, are there any known places I should look. When this happens, do people tend to try and re-sell it? pawn it?
    I tried looking at internet swapshops for Aruba, but came up empty. I would do anything to just get the memory card back. They can keep the camera!!!

    Thanks for any advice you have. I am just so sad that the photos are gone. It put a damper on the whole trip and even now, I'm still scrambling to think of a way to find it...

    Thanks,
    Maggie
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 09-09-2008 at 11:36 PM.

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    really? i'm surprised to hear that there's theft at the resort. considering going to aruba is quite costly, i would've thought most people would be well off and not inclined to steal cameras to say the least. looks like i need to keep my guards up - especially leaving bags on the palapas while swimming in the beach.

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    Try these links and follow instructions: (I've never used them myself)

    http://ifoundyourcamera.blogspot.com/

    http://www.camerafound.com/?gclid=CN...FQK_GgodgUZIIA

    http://www.iwantmycameraback.com/?gc...FQuHGgod7C1MIA

    In the future split your pix between two cards......so heaven forbid this happens again, you would only lose half your pix.

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    Thank you for all the advice. I logged in and registered at all the websites you mentioned. I, too, am surprised at the theft. They never really let me report it as "stolen" even though I am sure it was. They kept saying I lost or misplaced it. I wanted to put signs up around the Radisson letting them know there was a reward available, but I didn't think they would be too keen on the idea I was advertising a possible theft on their grounds.
    Security said that this happened from time to time, but I also experienced a night where the couple next door was extremely intoxicated and there was glass shattered, walls punched and damaged, etc. It was a loud, crazy night. Security said it was the first incident of the year liek this, and I guess I believe him, but after my camera being "stolen" and the chaos outside my room in the middle of the night, I guess I'm going to have to be a bit more careful when I return!

    Thanks again for your advice. I will be sure to have a back up memory card in the future...but I'm still so sad I missed out on all the photos we lost!

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    Did you ever contact the lost and found department of your hotel to see if they have anything there?

    Bryan Morris
    Last edited by Bryan Morris; 09-17-2008 at 12:03 PM. Reason: Misprint

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    My camera was also stolen...

    Our entire trip went well except for one incident. After we came back from a boat trip, we were sorting our wet clothes and towels from our snorkeling bag when I noticed that my camera bag was wet. My wife left my camera bag out on our front table to dry. We both forgot to take the camera bag into the room for the night. The next morning, the camera bag was gone along with all of the contents valued over $4,500. I called the police and made a theft report. There were video cameras on the outside of our complex but they were not working. I did notice that the garbage cans had been emptied in the early morning hours and I told the police that if I were investigating this theft, I would contact the garbage company and talk to the driver. They stated that they could not question anyone without proof - my response to them was, "If you don't question them, how do you get proof". After they made the report, I told them that I would investigate the theft myself. (I am a Lieutenant of Police in the States).

    I called the garbage company and spoke with the supervisor. I explained that my camera had been stolen and that I was now reviewing video surveillance tapes of the area (They did not know the cameras were not working) and it seems that there driver was involved. I told her that if the camera was returned to me that I would not pursue the complaint with the courts. I told her to talk to the driver on the garbage route and to look in his truck for a camera bag. During the course of the next several hours, she called me 8 times to enquire about the video tapes. Eventually, I told her the police had the video tapes as evidence and that my offer still stands.

    About four hours after I initially called the garbage company, my camera was returned to me with all of the contents. The bottom line is that my camera was returned back to me but I did lose confidence in the response from the police because according to them, the only thing that could be done was to file a report.

    This incident occurred at the Sunset Beach Apartments up near the lighthouse.

    Despite this incident, we still had a great time.

    The bottom line is.....don't make a foolish mistake like we did. Make sure that all of your belongs are safely secured. If you do become a victim of a crime, make sure to report it to the POLICE so there is an official record of the incident.


    Regards,
    David

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    There have been many posts on various BB's about recent theft especially from "apartments". It is a sad fact that Aruba is catching up with the rest of the world in this area. My first visit to Aruba in 1987, no crime.

    Some advise. Be aware of your surroundings. Do not leave valuables laying around. Lock valuables in room safe if possible or in Office safe. Do not leave valuables in your rental car. Be careful using credit or debit cards. Especially debit cards. Your bank account can be cleaned out in no time. Cash, travelers checks and credit card for hotel and rental car works well. In short, act as if you were in the United States. Other than the beautiful sun, fantastic sand beach, warm clean blue water and generally wonderful people it is not much different. Fortunately, Aruba crime to date is mainly of the non violent variety. A few criminals on this wonderful Island can ruin a vacation in no time.

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    Hi lostcameraNY,

    Sorry to hear about your camera. I just came across your post and wanted to comment on part of what you said:

    I also experienced a night where the couple next door was extremely intoxicated and there was glass shattered, walls punched and damaged, etc. It was a loud, crazy night. Security said it was the first incident of the year liek this, and I guess I believe him, but after my camera being "stolen" and the chaos outside my room in the middle of the night, I guess I'm going to have to be a bit more careful when I return!

    My sister and brother-in-law were the couple in the next room, visiting Aruba on their honeymoon. They were not intoxicated, or at least not voluntarily - they had been drugged by two local men who had started chatting with them at a restaurant bar outside the resort, and then slipped something (probably GHB) into their drinks. When they started to feel ill and left to go back to the hotel, one of the men followed them to their room and tried to rape my sister. What you heard was my brother-in-law fighting her attacker off (thank god, before he was able to hurt her).

    The hotel knows what really happened but seemed primarily interested in keeping things quiet (which is supported by security telling you they were just intoxicated). And while the security guy told you that this was the first such incident of the year, he told my sister and brother-in-law that "this sort of thing happens all the time" - i.e, druggings - so you be the judge.

    Please be careful in Aruba.

    Julie

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