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Police investigate death of 31 year old male - Whitby

Monday, 28th July 2014 2:30:18PM

The Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 31 year old Quincy Gardiner of Kew, North Caicos.

A police officer on his way to Kew discovered the body of 31 year old Gardiner alongside the road leading to Kew from the direction of Whitby at approximately 5:28AM (Saturday, July 26, 2014).

Officers from multiple units were contacted and launched an investigation. Initial investigation revealed that the body had multiple injuries.

The body was later removed from the scene and a post-mortem exam to determine the exact cause of death is expected later this week.

Inquiries into this matter are continuing.

Anyone with information about this incident are asked to called Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477

The call will be answered in Miami, Florida and only the information provided will be passed on to the RTCIPF.

Summer Burglary Prevention 2014

Wednesday, 18th June 2014 11:44:00 AM

Summer is almost here and the Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force is advising that people need to be aware of the increased risk of home burglaries. Whether it is from an increase of young people out and about during the day or people going on vacation people need to be aware and stay proactive.

  • When going on vacation have your deliveries stopped or have a trusted friend or neighbor pick it up.

  • Have that friend or neighbor turn on a different light each night and leave a radio or TV on. This also works for people who work during the day. Create the feeling that someone is home.

  • If you trust your neighbors let them know how long you will be gone and whether or not anyone should be at your house. Ask them to call the police if they see a vehicle in the driveway or people walking around the house.

  • When purchasing expensive items do not place the box at the curb. Either recycle the box or cut it up and place it in your garbage can. Do not advertise what is in your house.

  • Install motion lights in the front and back of the house.

  • If someone knocks on your door look at him or her through the peephole. If you do not recognize them talk to them from behind the door. By opening the door you are showing them the locks on the door, the presence or absence of pets and what items you have in the house.

  • Lock all doors and windows during the night and day. Every year several burglaries are reported that occurred while the occupants were in the house. Place rods in the tracks of sliding glass doors.

  • Look out for your neighbors. If you see someone walking around a house and knocking on the doors and windows there is a good chance they are testing to see if someone is home. Continue to watch them and if necessary call the police and remain on the line so you can provide a description and location.

  • Add an alarm.

  • Close blinds and drapes so people are not able to look inside and see if anyone is home.

  • Do not put vacation plans on social media or post about your vacation while you are currently on it. Also, be careful about posting that you are currently at an event or business. This is just telling people you are not home.

  • Call in suspicious behavior or things that do not seem right. Often after a home burglary people in the area will describe seeing people walking down the street carrying electronics (including large flat screen TVs). The main reason people do not call in is because they do not want to get involved.

If a burglary is in progress you can call 911 and ask to remain anonymous. If you have suspect information after a burglary you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIPS (8477) and always remain anonymous. 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.

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.

Police Town Hall Meetings

Thursday, 15th May 2014 10:57:23 AM

The Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) will be having Town Hall meetings at various locations throughout the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI). The purpose of these meetings is to develop a new three-year strategic policing plan. The RTCIPF Police Force Strategic Plan 2009 – 2014 and previous annual policing plans traditionally covered the calendar year, which did not coincide with the financial budget year. This new policing plan will be based on the police budget because it is recognised that the budget is needed to implement the policing plan after consultation with community needs and expectations. Commissioner Colin Farquhar and his staff look forward to discussing your concerns and opinions relating to crime and policing in the various communities.

South Caicos Regatta Village 5PM Mon 19 May 2014
Middle Caicos Community Centre 10AM Wed 21 May 2014
North Caicos Adelaide Oemler Primary School 3PM Wed 21 May 2014
Grand Turk   Dillon Hall 5PM Thurs 29 May 2014
     
1. Provo Maranatha HS Auditorium (Blue Hills) 6PM Fri 23May 2014
2. Provo Community Centre (Five Cays) 6PM Tues 27May 2014
3. Provo Gus Lightbourne (Kew Town/Glass 6PM Fri 30May 2014
4. Provo Tropicana Auditorium (Bight/Grace/Long Bay) 6PM Tues 03June 2014

 

All of the above meetings are open to the public. Please pass this information along to all of your local membership groups, friends, neighbors and family. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Any questions regarding these meetings can be directed to the RTCIPF via telephone at 941-4448 or the Public Relations’ Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.