Police: Holiday Crime Prevention Advisory

December 17, 2010

The Bermuda Police have issued a Christmas Holiday crime prevention advisory:

* At Home – Always lock your doors and windows when leaving your house, even for a few minutes. If you leave home for an extended period of time, ask a neighbour or family member to watch the house and collect any deliveries. Displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through your windows or doors.

* Strangers At Your Door – 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.

* Driving – Keep doors locked and windows closed when you are away from the car. Do not leave purchases in the seat of the car, but lock them in the trunk. When approaching and leaving your vehicle, always be aware of your surroundings. Do not approach the car alone if there are suspicious people standing by.

* 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.

* Licence Premises Advisory – During the holiday period the Bermuda Police Service will be making periodic visits to the island’s licensed premises. If patrons are found to be under age, the licensee should be reminded that they could face a possible fine of up to $10,000, and any patron presenting false or altered ID will be taken to a place of safety and later could be fined to a maximum of $500.00. The public should also be reminded that the legal drinking limit if you are operating a motor vehicle is under 0.08 millilitres, which for an average adult equates to no more than two alcoholic beverages.

The crime prevention advisory brochure ‘Protect Your Home from Burglary’ can be obtained from any Police Station. Take the time to read this brochure as the information provided will assist you to ensure a safe and secure holiday season. Further crime prevention advice can be obtained on the Bermuda Police Service website at www.bermudapolice.bm.

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