Armed police and extra officers will be out in force this weekend to prevent a recurrence of the Easter holiday's bloodshed. One man died and three others, including a teenage girl, were injured in three separate shooting incidents.

But detectives say they are doing everything they can to quell the violence and will be highly visible this weekend.

Superintendent Antoine Daniels said: "We recognize our plan is not perfect. But every day we are looking at different strategies. We will target the suspects and put in place actions to stop the shootings.

"We want to reassure the public we are doing everything we can and will send police into the community to do just this."

Meanwhile, some islanders are staying at home at nights for safety.

Neighbourhood watch chairman Charlie Marshall said: "People are extremely frightened. They are not going out like they used to and trying to get home before dark. People are adjusting and changing their lifestyles as a result of what is going on.

"There is a general feeling of frustration at the people who are not helping police while many in the community are still supportive and have sympathy with the position the police are in."

Yesterday, the UBP's shadow minister for public safety, Michael Dunkley, called for officers to be embedded into communities to increase trust and confidence.

He said: "A dedicated community policing effort - once the backbone of law abiding Bermuda - can help police build relationships with residents that don't now exist.

"Trust in police is missing and it undermines their ability to apprehend criminals and solve crimes. We see it in uncooperative witnesses and the silence of communities gripped by fear. Community policing can earn public trust, which is vital."

Some families who have been directly affected by the fatal shootings believe the police are not adequately equipped .

Ruby Creary, whose son Garry Cann was shot dead in Somerset last year, said the police need more help: "They do not have the manpower to deal with the murders and the shootings. A lot of people are getting impatient because it just seems to carry on."

Police spokesman Dwayne Caines said: "We are acutely aware of the fear that exists in public as a result of the shootings. We are constantly reviewing our policing options.

"While we do not want to divulge all of the policing options we want to reassure the public that there will be added police patrols which include armed police units."

If you have information, call 295 0011 or Crime Stoppers on 800 8477.

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