I've had similar experiences, but not at lighthouse. Sometimes you feel so safe on the island you do dumb things like leave valuables in an unlocked car - that's what happened to someone in our party and as luck would have it someone came along and relieved them of all their cash from the wallets and purses - but left behind the credit cards, licenses etc - thankfully.
This was near club med beach
Not that many places use credit cards ... they have no need for them..
Club med yes i can see it... they grab and run.. they have a good runaway path..even in a locked car... times have changed..40 yrs later we now lock our house all the way...never had to do that before we have had two friends robbed... of many Many things from their house...
When you have big holidays like pineapple fest people bring their cars over and I was told They wait to see when you leave and then go in..Be safe
I posted a couple of weeks ago about getting our backpack stolen from the back of our Tracker at Sunset Inn. My fault as I left it in the back seat but its still a shame these things are going on. Not sure if crime is on the rise or if people are just talking about it more. Eleuthera is such a special place, the locals don't need the "bad press". Lets hope the crime is not a new trend. We have enough of that here in the US.
This has been happening for years. Happened to me back in about 1990. Left door to house unlocked. Someone stole my watch and my cash which was hidden in a drawer. Also took a couple of beers from the fridge! It is not just Eleu or Bahamas, but any place where tourists go. If you are careful and smart about it and take minor preventive steps, easy to avoid. Fortunately, this is non-violent, petty theft.
BTW, got my watch back when the police caught the guy on an unrelated charge about four months later and the dummy was wearing it. Moral: always good to report to polic.
Unsolicited advice, for consideration:
Among the many things you generally don't need at the beach are a wallet and a purse. Leave those locked up at home. Stuff some cash in the zipper pocket of your bathing suit. Worst case, it gets a little wet. It'll dry ... and it'll still spend.
A cell phone is good to have. If you can't lock it in a glovebox, take it with you. Put that and whatever else you need in a light daypack.
Then, leave the car *open*, not locked. That way some moron won't smash a window, which usually costs more to replace than whatever they stole. I once had somebody in the US smash a $150 window to steal half a handful of small change. Grrr.
Just leave the keys with the car, lightly hidden if you like. People don't steal cars here as they have nowhere to go without getting caught. (Except those "hot-wire" teens at Point a couple of months ago. And, of course, they got caught.)
some one came to me to unlock an i phone which i thought was very strange cause the person never had one before, and he is known as a thief
Lots of them and now the kids want their toys so tell the police just to look after him...and put the fear of God in Him.. maybe hell change