News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – The Bermuda Police Service (BPS), wishes to assure the public that in light of recent acts of violence and in an effort to avert any reprisals, there will be a heightened police presence throughout the island over the coming days.

Chief Inspector, Alex Rollin of the Community Policing Division said: “With Halloween being this coming Sunday, the BPS is mindful there are persons within our community who may use this as an opportunity to commit unlawful acts. Such behaviour will not be tolerated and officers will use all lawful powers to deter and detect anti-social behaviour.

Although the Bermuda Police Service is well positioned to deal with Halloween from an enforcement perspective, our focus is also on public safety – and we appeal to the community to do their part to preserve the safety and security of everyone. Given the current COVID restrictions, we anticipate that Halloween celebrations will be somewhat muted.

“That notwithstanding, there is expected to be the traditional trick or treating and as such, we urge motorists to slow down to help keep the roads calmer, particularly when traveling through neighbourhoods. There will be more pedestrians on the roads – many of whom will be children dressed in dark coloured costumes. We don’t want a tragedy to occur.

“We encourage older children, parents, friends and family to do their part in keeping their young children close by and safe. We also ask that persons walking along the main roads with young children wear brightly coloured clothing as well as reflective items and strongly encourage the use of flashlights during the hours of darkness.

 

“Individuals attending Halloween parties are asked to act in a responsible manner. Carefully consider your options and the consequences. If you intend on consuming alcohol – please, do not make the mistake of driving whilst impaired. Poor choices can have long term ramifications.

“Avoid activities which may cause injury to persons and/or damage to property. Such acts include but are not limited to throwing eggs and other projectiles. We ask that parents, shopkeepers and gas station owners/operators be wary of persons, particularly those young in age, who attempt to purchase unusually large quantities of eggs.

“Throwing eggs at people or property may seem like innocent fun – but this irresponsible and potentially dangerous act can cause personal injury and property damage. Therefore, anyone caught engaging in such activity will be dealt with appropriately.

“In closing, the Bermuda Police Service would like to wish those participating in Halloween related activities a safe and enjoyable Halloween.”