Acting Police Superintendent Nicholas Pedro. <em>*Photo by Kageaki Smith</em><br />
Acting Police Superintendent Nicholas Pedro. *Photo by Kageaki Smith

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7: A burglary crime wave has prompted police to bolster patrols across the island.

So far this year 233 break-ins have been reported; which is a 25 per cent increase on the same period in 2011.

Police say they have arrested 29 people on suspicion of burglary, while 14 suspects have been charged and appeared before the courts.

Yesterday Acting Superintendent Nick Pedro told a press conference: “We are keen to speak with any member of the public who may have information on persons committing burglaries.

“There is no one description that links the increase in burglaries, suffice to say significant quantities of cash, jewellery, electronics, and other valuable items are being stolen.

“The Bermuda Police Service is busy. To date in 2012, fourteen (14) persons have been charged with burglary offences, with a total of 29 people having been arrested by Police on suspicion of burglary across the island, since the beginning of the year.

“The area criminal investigation units are also actively seeking other suspects currently wanted for burglary offences and acquisitive crimes.”

Acting Supt Pedro said the spate of burglaries was not confined to a certain parishes, but was an island wide problem.

He also revealed that police had seen an increase in the circulation of counterfeit Bermuda currency.

Mr Pedro urged islanders to take preventative steps to ensure they were not broken into.

“We want to remind the public that there are many things they themselves can do to prevent these types of crimes being committed against them,” he said.

“There are simple steps that homeowners or occupiers can take to ensure that their home is not selected by opportunistic criminals who are looking for insecurities and opportunities that enable them to enter your home.

“Our website offers plenty of advice regarding the use of effective lighting, securing doors and windows, and trimming of shrubbery to deny criminals cover.”

“Anyone that has information regarding any of these events to contact the Bermuda Police Service directly on 295-0011 OR 247-1185 (SCU) or on the Crime Stoppers Hotline on 800-8477. Members of the public can also “tip off” the police regarding persons they believe may be acting suspiciously in their neighbourhood.

“Police will attend to check on the actions of the suspicious persons. These types of calls have proven very helpful in the past and quite often do not require the caller to attend court and give evidence.”

For more information visit:  www.bermudapolice.bm/content/protecting-your-home