Advisory: Summer Socialising Awareness Advice

June 12, 2023

The Bermuda Police Service [BPS] is urging members of the public to no drive, ride or operate a watercraft while intoxicated and exercise caution when out socialising.

A police spokesperson said, “With the official start of summer almost here, the Bermuda Police Service [BPS] is aware that a variety of public events are scheduled, at both outdoor and indoor venues, which may involve the sale and consumption of alcohol.

“Bearing that in mind, the BPS offers the following advice to residents and visitors planning to attend any upcoming social gatherings.

  • Don’t drive, ride or operate a watercraft while intoxicated.
  • Don’t let your drink out of sight and don’t consume any drink left unattended.
  • Have a plan to get safely home, or to your chosen destination, after socialising.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. If possible, attend and leave parties with friends you already know.
  • Be mindful of anything that might attract the unwanted attention of opportunistic thieves, like wearing expensive jewellery or being overly intoxicated.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and where possible, pay for purchases by 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 to prevent anyone viewing your transaction and obtaining your PIN. Keep your receipt.
  • Notify the credit, debit card issuer immediately if either card is lost, stolen or suspicious transactions are noticed.
  • Unattended parked cars, trucks should be left in a well-lit area, with doors locked and windows closed. Similarly, unattended parked motorcycles should be left securely locked in a well-lit area. If possible, use a secondary motorcycle lock.
  • Do not approach any vehicle alone if there are suspicious people nearby.

“It should be noted that BPS officers will continue making periodic visits to the island’s liquor licensed premises year round, to ensure compliance with relevant laws and to note any infractions. Again, members of the public are urged not to drive, ride or operate a watercraft while intoxicated and to think of their own safety as well as the safety of others, when out and about this summer.

“As a reminder, to report any crime or suspicious circumstances please immediately call 211, or 911 in an emergency. If an urgent police response is not required, the BPS online community reporting portal, can be used.

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