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iPhone Robbery in Honduras Leads to Death of Canadian Man

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A B.C. man from Abbotsford vacationing in Honduras this week was robbed at gunpoint of his iPhone and murdered, according to the Vancouver Sun:

A 34-year-old conservation officer with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in B.C. has been shot dead on the island of Roatan in Honduras.

Tim Vallee, who worked for the DFO Pacific Region, was on holiday in Honduras this past week when he was robbed at gunpoint and shot in the head Wednesday.

According to local media reports, Vallee was approached by a couple men in a pickup truck after leaving local bars around 1 a.m., when he was robbed and eventually shot in the head.

CTV News reports one suspect is apparently in police custody while the search is out for the second. Honduras is known to be the murder capital of the world, roughly four times worse than Mexico with a violent death occurring every 74 minutes.

Altec Travel manager Ruben Grubner specializes in Central and South American destinations, and cautions clients against visiting Honduras under any circumstances.

“Don’t go. Simple as that,” Grubner said.

If travelers insist on visiting Honduras, Grubner recommends they leave valuables like Smartphones at home.

“This is a country where people have no money,” he said. “An iPhone is gold.”

Smartphone robberies continue to be on the rise as devices such as the iPhone are high ticket items that continue to be in demand. In Canada, the CRTC has put pressure on our wireless carriers to create a national registry to track lost and stolen devices due to ‘iCrime’, but has faced opposition as companies refuse to share proprietary information related to phone sales and more.

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  • My condolences to his family but I have to ask, why would someone go to Honduras on vacation and why would they bring a smart phone? If you insist on going there, hire a bodyguard.

  • Corey

    Last spring we went to Roatan for 2.5 weeks of diving. Went with 2 other families with kids ranging from 8 – 15. Roatan is gorgeous and is off the mainland and is very safe place. Lots of Canadians live there and it has some of the best diving in the world. This travel agent is mental in these comments and obviously has never been. This is a very unfortunate situation but you have murders happening all over the world.

    You have to travel smart and you simply can’t stay hidden behind your computer. Coxen Hole is definitely a very sketchy place and why someone would be there by himself drinking is beyond me but this kind hysteria is un called for.

  • Corey

    Oh one more thing. We all had iphone, iPads and I even brought my MacBook Air and canon dslr camera. We all survived!

  • Agree. Just have to be aware of your surroundings and act accordingly to ‘blend in’.

  • Clay

    He should have just told them it was a Bell phone and they would have left him alone.

  • ZING!

  • Good for you. But I would say that you are both engaging in a bit of hyperbole and that you just happen to be lucky. It sounds like that guy went by himself for a night on the town. If that is the case, he would have been better off vacationing elsewhere.

    Your situation seems to be completely different and not at all comparable. He did indeed appear to have made an error of judgement but to suggest that Honduras is safe for singles travelling alone is preposterous.

  • Corey

    Vancouver is a gorgeous city. Would you go down to east Hastings at 1:30am by yourself for a few drinks? Exactly. Know your surroundings and this kind of stuff happens all over the world every minute of the day!

  • I Don’t care if my phone gets stolen, I don’t want the CRTC creating a national registry at all, seems to much of a big brother element to me. Besides which I can track my phone on my own and can let the police look at if I chose. And will it work as well as the gun registry?

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