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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.

 

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.

Aggravated Burglary and two Burglaries – Pelican Beach

Tuesday, 01st April 2014 10:24:24AM

Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) are conducting investigations after two females (20 & 53 years old) awoke to discover three males were inside their room at a resort on Sunday morning (March 30, 2014)

Police will alledge that about 2:25AM, three male suspects fled from the room occupied by two females after attempting to steal items therein. The suspects then entered a second room and stole items therein. The suspects then returned to the room occupied by the two females and demanded cash and other items.

At some point, the females began to scream and a 63 year old male hearing their screams, exited his room to determine the cause of the screams. While approaching the females’ room, he was confronted by one of the suspects. An altercation took place between the two and the 63 year old male recieved a wound to one of his fingers before the suspect fled on foot with item in his possesion.

The two other suspects had already fled the scene in a vehicle. No description of the vehicle was given to police nor the direction in which the two suspects fled.

Police were called to Pelican Beach where they established a crime scene which was examined by forensic officers. A search of the area was also conducted and a Black male was seen to the rear of the resort. The Police officer gave chase and sometime later located a 24 year old male of Kew, North Caicos.

The 24 year old male suspect put up a struggle after being informed that he was under arrest but was subdued. He was arrested on suspicion of Aggravated Burglary, Wounding, Assaulting a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest. A search was conducted on the suspect and a number of the items reported stolen were found on his person.

An additional search in the area of Pelican Beach in Whitby was conducted, where a blue back pack and a brown hand bag were found. Both bags were searched and found to contain several items including medication and other documents belonging to the victims.

The 63 year old male who received a cut on his finger, was taken to Kew Clinic where he was treated by a doctor for a non-life threatening injury and released.

Officers from the RTCIPF are continuing their investigations into this matter and are urging anyone with information to assist in the additional arrest of those involved in this crime.

Police are urging anyone with information about this incident 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.

Distribution and Possession of Inappropriate Images

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

The Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police have seen an increase in reports from schools and families about the distribution and possession of inappropriate images. These images, generally found on student’s mobile phones or Facebook pages, are of a sexual nature. This practice is often referred to as “sexting”.

In some cases, the images have been taken by a student and posted directly on their own Facebook profile. In other examples, they are sent to a person involved with in a relationship and often sent on to others. The ramification for the students depicted in the images as well as the students in possession of the images is of great concern to police.

All parents and guardians are urged to have a conversation with their children in relation to the legal and social ramifications this behavior poses:

  • Child Exploitation Material – often referred to as Child Pornography - includes images that depict a child, under the age of 16, clothed in only underwear, nude or partially nude.

  • It is an offence for a person to possess, produce or disseminate Child Exploitation Material.

  • The social ramifications for students involved in these matters can cause embarrassment both now and into the future. This can also cause further damage to reputation when applying for employment.

  • Mobile phones, computers and other devices used to commit these offences may be subject to seizure by Police and subsequent destruction on court order.

For further information about Internet safety, please visit our web site at www.tcipolice.tc orwww.facebook.com/RTCIPF for more information.

Report Suspicious Activity:

Trust your instincts.  If something doesn't seem right in your neighborhood or your school, it probably isn't. Reporting suspicious activities might help the Police identify a suspect or a crime trend. For activities in progress, call 911. Otherwise, call the Police at 941-3327 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 or report online at www.crimestoppers.tc

40-foot Haitian sloop detected

Joint Media Release

Monday, 31 March 2014 11:29:18AM

A 40-foot Haitian sloop was detected at approximately 5:11AM on Monday March 31, 2014 ten miles off the coast of Providenciales. The vessel was located and intercepted by officers of the Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force – Marine Branch.

The Haitian sloop was towed to the South Dock port by the Marine Branch and arrived at approximately 8:55AM. There were 114 individuals on board when intercepted consisting of (94) ninety-four males and (20) twenty females, no children was on board. Officials from the Police, Border Control, and other Government and Non-Governmental agencies were on hand to assist with the processing of these individuals. The individuals were transported to the Detention Center for further processing and detention.

Plans are currently progressing for the repatriation of these persons to their homeland within the next few days. The communities of the Turks and Caicos Islands are encourage to contact law enforcement  with any information concerning the whereabouts of any illegal migrants or on pending sloop arrivals.  The Police can be contacted anonymously on 911 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1-800-8477. Tips can also be submitted anonymously in English, French or Spanish on either www.crimestoppers.tc or on Facebook as a fan of Crime Stoppers Turks & Caicos. Crime Stoppers tips are received in the USA.

Please visit our web site at www.tcipolice.tc or www.facebook.com/RTCIPF for more information.