Monday, 05th May 2014 10:25:12 PM
The Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) are urging motorists in Providenciales to be vigilant after a number of reports involving three thefts of a vehicle, fourteen instances of vehicles being vandalized and a substantial amount of cash and other possessions were stolen in the span of one week (Monday April 28th to Monday May 05th, 2014).
Expensive items such as smartphones, laptops and other pricey electronic items remain high on the list of items usually stolen. Despite this, many persons are still leaving such items in their vehicles. Some are even leaving such items in plain view and hence inadvertently become targets for thieves. It is best not to leave items in a vehicle, especially in plain view for all to see. Even a bag which contains only garbage can potentially attract attention to your vehicle and leave the car owner paying a hefty price because thieves may think that the bag contains valuables.
As officers continue with investigations into the vehicle related thefts, a bus that was reported stolen from a business place on Airport Road was later recovered. No arrest has been made in that incident. While vehicle related thefts are crimes of opportunity, the RTCIPF believes there is a common perpetrator or set of perpetrators committing these vehicle related thefts.
Special Constable Audley Astwood, Public Relations Officer, said: "I would urge motorists to not leave valuables within their vehicles and where possible to park their vehicles in a well-lit area, and preferably avoid isolated locations. The use of alarms, locking fuel caps and other security devices should be used at all times."
Members of the public should report any suspicious behaviour or people who are in close proximity to a parked vehicle, to the Chalk Sound Police Station at 941-8083. Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, call the charity Crimestoppers on 1-800-TIPS.
Providing the police with a detailed description of the suspect(s) and relevant vehicle information when applicable (i.e. license plate number, make, model & colour) is most helpful.
Additionally, the Royal Turks & Caicos Islands are appealing to residents to be extra vigilant and report to the Police or Crime Stoppers anyone offering items for sale at your door or on the streets. It is believed that the thefts are fueling the illegal drug trade and anyone caught with stolen goods can face a maximum of fourteen years imprisonment.