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Crime & Incident Report 14.5.2014

Wednesday, 14th May 2014 12:27:23 PM

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) are investigating a number of incidents reported between Tuesday May 13th, 2014 and Wednesday, 14th May 2014 within the districts of Providenciales, including:

  • (3) Burglary: Preliminary investigations revealed that during the commission of these burglaries, a cash register, a sum of cash, one (1) black Vizio 26 inch TV one (1) black Dell laptop, one (1) brown Digicel bag containing a Samsung phone, one (1) pair of Cartier reading glasses, one (1) pair of black “Ray Ban” sun shades and a quantity of male and female clothing were stolen.

  • (3) Malicious Damage to Property: Initial investigations revealed that during the commission of these crimes, The windows of three vehicles were damaged. Investigations continue.

  • (3) Abstracting Electricity: A report was made to the RTCIPF that three persons were stealing electricity from Fortis. Investigations continue.

  • (1) Motor Vehicle Interference: Prelimanary investigations revealed that officers caught a male in the process of removing several auto parts from two vehicles. He was arrested and is presently assisting police with their investigation.

Police are urging anyone with information about these incidents to call Crime Stoppers on 1-800-8477 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: www.crimestoppers.tc. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. All calls are answered by Miami Dade Police and no one from the RTCIPF will know who called. Only the information received will be provided to the RTCIPF. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Public Warned to be Vigilant against Vehicle related Thefts - Provo

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.

Police remind holiday goers to secure their homes this Easter

Thursday, 17th April 2014 12:00:23 PM

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) are reminding residents to remain vigilant when it comes to securing their homes when heading away this Easter.

Many people plan their holidays but forget to take steps to secure their homes. This makes it easy for opportunistic thieves to get into the house and take what they want, ultimately ruining your holiday.

By taking some time to review your home security you can make it harder for thieves to know you are away and get into your house.

Residents should take the time to check that their house is fully locked and hide or secure any valuables before they go away.

They should also ensure their home and contents insurance is adequate and up to date and make attempts to make the premises look lived in and occupied.

Some home safety tips include:

*Ensure all windows and doors are locked.

* Lock gates, sheds and garages.

* Secure all valuables.

* Make your house look ‘lived in’ by using timing devices to turn lights and radios on/off at different times.

* Stop deliveries to your home.

* Arrange for someone to cut your lawn and keep your yard tidy.

* Never leave your garbage bins out on the street for several days.

* Ask a relative or friend to regularly check on your home and advise them of your contact details.

* Let a trusted friend or neighbour know your holiday plans.

* Have a friend or neighbour parked their vehicle in the driveway of your home.

* Turn down the volume on your home telephone. Avoid using answer machine messages which indicate you are away.

* Never advertise your trip on social network sites.

* Pay essential service bills in advance (electricity, gas, water and telephone) so that your services continue while you are away.

These tips are important to protect your home but also urged people to always think about their personal safety.

Whether you are staying in a house, hotel, villa or tent you should always remember to secure your valuables and lock all windows and doors when leaving the premises.

Remember to lock your car and don’t leave bags or valuables in sight.

Phones, wallets, cash, cameras and music devices are prime targets for thieves as they can easily be carried away.

If your home is broken into call the Police at 941-8083 or 911 immediately. Don’t touch anything and if you are unsure if anyone is still inside the house then remain outside and await the arrival of police.

Let the police see your home exactly how the thief has left it and while you are waiting for police to arrive, compile a list of the stolen items including descriptions, model and serial numbers and any engraving details.

Police are urging anyone with information about criminal activity to call Crime Stoppers on 1-800-8477 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: www.crimestoppers.tc. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. All calls are answered by Miami Dade Police and no one from the RTCIPF will know who called. Only the information received will be provided to the RTCIPF. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.


Haywood McIntosh pleads guilty to Burglary

Officers of the Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) have solved a burglary at a home in the lower Bight area of Providenciales. 27-year-old Haywood McIntosh, a carpenter of Providenciales was formally charged for the offence of Burglary relating to an incident at a home on Forbes Road on Monday March 31st, 2014.

Yesterday (Tuesday April 23rd, 2014) McIntosh appeared in the Magistrate’s Court number one to answer to that charge. McIntosh appeared before Chief Magistrate Clifton Warner and pled guilty.

Public Relations Officer Audley Astwood today praised police officers for the swift and proficient manner in which the case at the home on Forbes Road was solved. “I am extremely pleased of every single police officer involved in this investigation,” Astwood said.

Special Constable Astwood’s comments were made after Haywood McIntosh entered a guilty plea to the charge of Burglary in the Magistrate’s Court. McIntosh was then Fined $1,200.00 or seven (7) months imprisonment. McIntosh was also ordered to pay a compensation of $1,070.00 to the complainant and allowed one (1) month to pay.

Special Constable Astwood also took the chance to send a stern caution to anyone engaging in the buying and selling of stolen items. The Police are working relentlessly to put an end to this unlawful trade. There are presently numerous persons charged and awaiting trial for possession of handling stolen goods. Handling Stolen Goods is a serious offence and those found guilty could face serving a maximum of fourteen years incarceration.

Marking as a Theft Deterrence 4.10.2014

Wednesday, 09th April 2014 01:36:23PM

The Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police as a precaution is advising the public to mark all valuable items and sentimental property from your house, garage, shed and vehicles.

If you were burgled, would you be able to describe your valuables in detail to the police or Insurance Company? Every year, police recover property but because it can’t be identified, it is not returned to its rightful owners. This also means that police officers cannot prove that they were stolen, and will mean thieves profit from selling your valuables.

Don’t make it easy for a criminal – mark your property. It is very easy – mark your property with a clear identification mark, which cannot be erased easily.  As an example, use your phone number or house number followed by the initials of your name.

Where you mark your property is important.  If you want the mark to be out of sight choose somewhere behind or underneath the article but make sure the police can find it.

There is a wide variety of property marking kits available to buy on the internet from invisible options like UV pens to permanent visible markings like engraving. A ultra-violet (UV) pen puts an invisible mark on your property, which can only be seen under UV light. UV marking is one of the most popular methods of marking property, as it is an inexpensive way of marking property, which doesn’t reduce the value. UV ink can fade over a period of 12 months if exposed to strong sunlight or heat.  Markings should be reapplied on a regular basis.

Mark it, protect it, and don’t regret it

There are many other options to mark your property, please visit our web site at www.tcipolice.tc or www.facebook.com/RTCIPF for more information.