Residents Advised to be Vigilant Regarding Burglary Suspects

Fri, 2017-11-03

Over the last two weeks there have been 23 reports of burglaries around the island. Two in the City of Hamilton, two in Devonshire, one in Hamilton parish, four in Paget, four in Pembroke, three in Sandys parish, one in Smith’s parish, four in Southampton and two in St. George’s.

This represents roughly two burglaries per day, with most taking place during working hours (8am to 5pm).

In a number of these incidents suspects have been identified and police are actively pursuing leads. Of note, the Bermuda Police Service would like the public to be vigilant as we have reports of two black males on a motorcycle working together.

Also, witnesses in the western parishes are describing another burglary suspect – a white male believed to be of Portuguese descent – who is very active in the Southampton area.

In a number of the break-ins the homes were left insecure and valuables were left in plain view. A reminder of some relevant crime prevention advice for residents:

1.      Secure your residence before you leave home (doors and windows).

2.      Where possible invest in a security system with cameras or a dog.

3.      Take note of any suspicious people and or activities and report them (including any descriptions of height, complexion, clothing etc.) to police no matter how insignificant it may seem to you.

4.      Be aware of any servicemen/tradesmen or workers that come to your home. Ask to see identification and call the business to verify before letting anyone in your home. If you are unsure or feel unsafe, do not engage – call the police immediately.

5.      Avoid keeping large sums of money and jewellery in plain view in your home. Invest in a home safe and/or a safety deposit box.

6.      Conduct a self-audit of your home – cut back trees and hedges to reduce vulnerable areas where intruders can attempt to access your property without being seen.

If your community would like to establish a Neighbourhood Watch Group please call the main police telephone number 295-0011 or contact your respective Community Action Team (CAT). For the central parishes please e-mail, eastern parishes please e-mail and for the western parishes please e-mail