Police: Christmas Crime Prevention Advisory

November 30, 2012

The Bermuda Police Service has reminded people “to be vigilant” as they go about their shopping or other activities over the upcoming holiday season. The full police advisory is printed below.

As we enter the festive season, the Bermuda Police Service would like to remind members of the public to be vigilant as they go about their shopping or other activities.

Residents are encouraged to always lock their doors and windows when leaving home, even for a few minutes. If leaving home for an extended period of time, ask a neighbour or family member to watch the house. Displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through windows or doors.

Be aware that criminals sometimes pose as couriers or persons soliciting donations for charitable causes. Always ask for identification and ask how the donated funds will be used. If you are not satisfied, do not donate. Only donate to recognised charitable organisations.

When out shopping, avoid carrying large amounts of cash and where possible pay for purchases by cheque, credit or debit card. If you must use an ATM, choose one that is well illuminated. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need. Shield the keypad when you enter your PIN number to prevent anyone viewing your transaction and obtaining your number. Retain your receipt, and notify the card issuer immediately if the card is lost or stolen.

Keep doors locked and windows closed when you are away from the car. Do not leave purchases on any seat in the car, but lock them in the trunk. When approaching and leaving your vehicle, always be aware of your surroundings. Park in a well-lit area if possible and do not approach the vehicle alone if there are suspicious people standing by.

Further crime prevention advice can be obtained via the Bermuda Police Service website at www.bermudapolice.bm and crime prevention brochures are available from any police station.

It is also a time of the year where celebration is expected. Sadly, we typically see increases in road traffic collisions and anti-social behaviour associated with alcohol. Again we urge people not to drink and drive, and to think of their own safety when out celebrating. Anyone suspected of driving having consumed alcohol will be arrested and dealt with according to the law.

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