call for community support in fight against crime
Acting Commissioner of Police Mr. Reynell Fraser is assuring the
public that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force is doing all
it can to stem the rising tide of criminal activity on Tortola.
Speaking at a police
press conference last Friday morning, the Police Chief said the
Royal Virgin Islands Police Force appreciated the support of the
public so far and looked forward to greater support.
He pointed out that
between August 9th and 30th, an unusually
high number of burglary reports were received by the Police, on
August 9th, 10th, 16th, 19th,
23rd, 26th, 27th and 30th,
7 involving weapons and 4 without. He said from the reports, the
robberies have been occurring in geographic spread and not
necessarily centralized or confined to a particular area.
Acting Commissioner Fraser noted that so far, thankfully, there
have been no serious injuries as a result of these incidents.
He said a number of
proactive and intelligence led measures have been taken to
target hot spots and other locations and known and active new
criminals, in an effort to deal with this crime wave.
These include an increase in police presence, mobile patrol and
stop and search operations.
Commissioner Fraser said the Police is confident that through
these initiatives, the number of incidents will decrease.
He said the Police is mindful of the concerns of the public and
said the Police is endeavoring to bring the perpetrators to
justice. He said this cannot be done in a vacuum
however, saying the Police would need the support of the
Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers
hotline at telephone number 468 0911.
He emphasized that
the BVI is still a beautiful place to live, work and visit.
He said the territory still has a relatively low crime rate and
the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force will strive to keep it
He commended his
fellow officers for their support and craved the prayers of the
community as they continue to fight crime.
And in an effort to
give individuals and business owners some advantage or
alternative before a robbery takes place, Head of the Police
Crime Prevention Unit Inspector Patrick Harewood has offered
He pointed out that most of the places that were targeted in
these robberies were being operated without security personnel
to keep watch of the internal and external activities.
reiterated that the police cannot be everywhere at every time
and depend very heavily on the support of the public.
He told business owners that the employment of security
personnel may be necessary in an effort to assist in keeping
their properties safe.
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