Police issued an advisory today following recent reports of burglaries and prowlers at residential premises, to remind home owners “to observe a few basic crime prevention measures, in order to minimise the attraction and impact of these acquisitive crimes”.

Detective Superintendent Nicholas Pedro of the BPS Crime Division stated: “A good way to start is by addressing simple measures such as ensuring the locks on your windows and other access pointPreview (opens in a new tab)s are properly installed and functioning as well as that outdoor lighting is properly secured and in good working order.

“Installing motion activated outside lighting, installing or refreshing existing alarm systems and/or CCTV helps in target hardening your property and can certainly go a long way in deterring criminals from selecting your premises.

“In addition, if you see suspicious activity or persons around your premises, make note of the individual(s) and contact the police immediately. While you may think it helpful, please refrain from posting on social media, images or videos of possible criminal activity around your home.

“Not only can posting these images to social media lead to legal issues should a suspect be arrested and brought to court, but it may also alert a suspect that they are being sought and lead them to dispose of items such as the clothing seen in those images or, other property which could associate them with a specific crime.”

For further crime prevention advice, please contact a reputable security company or Inspector Scott Devine at 717-2180, or email sdevine@bps.bm to identify the appropriate Community Action Team (CAT) officer responsible for your neighbourhood.

You may also visit the BPS YouTube channel, Bermuda Police TV for more burglary prevention tips.