Police Officers To Patrol Over Holiday Season

December 7, 2016

Noting that recognizes that during the weeks leading up to Christmas there tends to be an increase in criminal activity, the police said there will be “police officers, both in high visibility uniform and plain clothes, patrolling the City of Hamilton, as well as various other locations.”

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police [Crime] Sean Field-Lament said, “The Bermuda Police Service recognizes that during the weeks leading up to Christmas with the increase in commercial activity there tends to be an increase in associated criminal activity.

“I wish to reassure the public that there will be police officers, both in high visibility uniform and plain clothes, patrolling the City of Hamilton, as well as various other locations engaging with shoppers, retailers and motorists to ensure everyone is able to enjoy the festivities in a peaceful and safe environment.

“I encourage the shopping public to assist us in this endeavour by being mindful of the following common sense crime prevention/safety tips:

  • Keep doors locked and windows closed when you are away from your car.
  • Do not leave packages visible in your car windows. Consider securing items inside the trunk or if possible, take them directly home.
  • 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 people standing nearby acting suspiciously.
  • Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.
  • Do not buy more than you can carry. Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car. Avoid traveling alone if possible.
  • Avoid giving or taking rides from strangers or individuals who may seem to want to assist.
  • For women in particular, never leave your handbag unattended in a shopping cart, on a shop counter or on the floor by your feet.
  • Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or pocket.
  • Don’t take shortcuts through isolated areas.
  • If possible carry a small flashlight and cell-phone in case you need to make an emergency call.
  • If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you are separated from each other: identify in advance a central meeting place, teach them to know they can ask store personnel or security employees if they need help.

“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.

“We believe education is the best tool in helping our community to avoid becoming a victim. These and other crime prevention tips can be found on the Bermuda Police Service website under Crime Prevention Info.

“In addition to the late night shopping activity, this time of year is marked by increased socialising with family, friends and colleagues at various festive events.

“Where intoxicants are involved, unfortunately, we also typically see increases in road traffic collisions and anti-social behaviour. As a result the Bermuda Police Service encourages members of the public to enjoy themselves responsibly.

“Patrons attending Christmas parties are asked to act in a responsible manner. Carefully consider your options and the consequences. If you intend on consuming alcohol – have a plan- Please, do not make the mistake of driving whilst impaired. Poor choices can have long term ramifications.

“Police officers will be out monitoring the roads during the holidays and traffic checks can be expected at various locations.

“In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to reassure the public that officers will be vigilant regarding anti-social behaviour during the holiday period and will use all lawful powers to deter and detect offenders as well as offences.

“On behalf of the Bermuda Police Service, I wish everyone Season’s Greetings for a safe and enjoyable holiday period.”

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