People were urged today to take extra precautions against crime in the run-up to Christmas.
Acting Superintendent Nicholas Pedro of the Crime Division at the Bermuda Police Service, released the following statement:
“‘Tis the season!
“Unfortunately for the Bermuda Police Service, criminals will not be taking a break over the festive season.
“Between now and the New Year, we will deal with many complaints of burglary, theft, fraud, and other crimes.
“Added pressure to provide over the holidays will drive criminals to take higher risks, and exploit opportunities to deprive you of your hard earned money or property.
“Not all crime will be committed by people that you don’t know either.
“Some of the biggest losses can be incurred by local businesses or financial institutions, where employees or known customers are the perpetrators.
“Commercial customers need to make end of year payments, or end the year with good financial results, which could put people who are otherwise good people into the criminal bracket.
“With the use of smartphones and computers, these transactions can be done quickly, and out of sight. Traditional fraud can take longer to detect.
“Householders and vehicle owners should take steps to secure and lock their property when away.
“Criminals will look for insecure houses, unlocked vehicles, or vulnerable people to take their belongings.
“Based on past experience this is our peak season for thieves and fraudsters.
“Be vigilant, and make sure it is happy for you and your loved ones.”