Increased Armed Police Officers On Patrol

November 7, 2012

In response to the recent spike in firearm incidents, the police have increased the number of armed police officers on patrol.

As we previously reported, last night [Nov 6] police responded to reports of gun shots in the Scenic Heights, Southampton area. Police confirmed a gun was fired, and said there were no reported injuries.

Last night’s incident was the fourth firearm incident in the western end of the island in the last two weeks. No one was injured in any of the previous three incidents which occurred on Nov.4, Oct.27 and Oct 25.

Last month Michael Phillips was shot and killed in the parking lot of the Mid Atlantic Boat Club on North Shore Road in Devonshire, which followed only a few weeks after the murder of Lorenzo Stovell in Sandys parish.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the main police number on 295-0011 or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.

The full police statement is below:

Around 8:45pm on Tuesday, November 6th police officers responded to reports of gunshots in the area of Scenic Heights Pass in Southampton parish. Forensic evidence found at the scene confirmed that a firearm had been discharged; however there were no reported injuries.

Inquiries into this incident are ongoing and anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area around the time of this confirmed firearm incident is encouraged to contact the main police number on 295-0011 or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.

Bermuda has experienced an increase in firearms incidents in the last few months, as compared with the rest of the year.

In response to these incidents, the BPS has already increased the number of armed police officers on patrol and have expanded enforcement activity including the use of all lawful powers of search with a view to catching and disrupting offenders.

Also, several lines of inquiry are being followed, including the use of CCTV. We are asking for the public’s patience as there maybe potential traffic holdups as a result of these undertakings.

The motive(s) for these incidents remain unclear, and we continue to encourage anyone with any information to come forward, no matter how insignificant you believe the information to be.

Please make note of any suspicious persons, vehicles and activity as all information that is received will go a long way to assist in bringing the offenders to justice.

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  1. Clarke Jones says:

    WHAT ABOUT THE GUN SHOTS ON KHYBER HEIGHTS ON THE SAME NIGHT

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  2. outkasted says:

    Like I said and have been saying for the last year and a bit, Farrakhan stated it is all systematic.
    1. The cache of guns arrive on the island
    2. The guns would be rented or disseminated amongst the 'baddies' and 'gang members'
    3. The'Gang members' will start shooting one another and eventually turn the guns on 'US'
    4. Police will arm themselves (at present)
    5. Chaos will follow as some baddies will think they will be able to 'handle' the police. Lord forbid an "innocent" will be killed.
    6. The proverbial hammer will come down and the baddies, criminals,gangstas etc. will be shot and killed.
    7. A public outcry will happen. Many of those who like to straddle the criminal 'wall or fence' will get off because the gangsta lifestyle is not really part of their make-up and will wait for the next 'trend' of bad behavior.
    -END-

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    • terry says:

      And your point is?

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      • Keepin' it Real...4Real! says:

        here see for yourself terry....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xFaofWNK5I

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    • Tyrone says:

      Yeah what is your point? Next you will tell everybody that Tuesday follows Monday...Thanks.

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  3. about that time again says:

    here it goes this is the true electioning coming up. I've never lived bermuda but i know the process. the police round ups coming, they roll out to the spots the bies hang on the main roads during rush hour with their flashing lights so as much ppl as possible can see. then they tell em no more hangin there which is Subliminal 4 stay home til after election. then the party says we're dealing with crime blah, blah, blah. then people vote. a week later guess who's back on de wall and all those cars shining the pretty lights the week before parked in the yard down the street like they don't work.

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    • Babylon says:

      Actually, the police report directly to the governor. They don't have to answer to the elected government and so can't be effectively used to make the PLP look good before an election.

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  4. Time for Change says:

    I think this island could use CCTV cameras on every single light pole and gate islandwide. Something has to give here. Stop and searches won't do the trick. How many firearms have been found that way? Maybe a poke of weed but no firearms.

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    • Keepin' it Real...4Real! says:

      Hey!...Time for Change!...Me Fix for You Ok!
      LISTEN!!!!...THERE IS NO MONEY TO DO ANYTHING!!!...and if they do find, borrow,or grow the money...who do you think pays for it ...THINK!!
      or you could put one up on your gate and so on down the line...go tell your neighbors right now to follow suit, start a trend ..."Citizen Spend!!"...start to relieve Govts. burden of having to pay for certain things...like you say ...rebuild the Island of Bda with your hands ..get in ...pull your island back from the edge of destruction instead of b!tchin about sh!t.

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  5. Richard says:

    So that means the are going to clean up court street that mean some one already talk to those Jerks and told them to hang low.

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  6. Bazinga! says:

    21 square miles, 65,000 residents give or take and what's needed is(more) monitoring cameras to keep an eye on things? Something seems inherently wrong with this picture.

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  7. SoFar Bye says:

    I need to open up a doughnut shop, cops like doughnuts right.

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  8. William says:

    May Peace and Mercy cover you and not a blanket of bullets.
    to all my friends and extended family across the rock.

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