Police talk crime prevention in BT

| 03/02/2019
CNS Local Life
Chief Inspector Everton Spence speaks at the workshop

(CNS Local Life): Community Policing Officers in the Bodden Town District (Beats 3, 4 and 5) recently met residents of the North Sound Gardens community to talk about neighbourhood security. The meeting, held Sunday, 27 January, organised by the Community Policing Departments first crime-prevention workshops of the year.

“It is our intention to hold this kind of educational meeting in each community policing beat this year,” said Chief Inspector Everton Spence, who manages both the Community Policing and Traffic portfolios, in an RCIPS press release.

“The field of crime prevention and reduction is always developing, in terms of technology and methods, and we want to share these developments with residents along with the crime trends we are seeing on the islands and in their area.”

During the presentation, officers demonstrated new and compact alarm devices for home and property as well as “pin” alarms that can be worn while exercising outside to enhance personal safety, the release stated.  Alongside demonstrations of new technology, officers also emphasised the importance of neighbourhood watches to reduce crime and also improve the quality of life in an area.

“Devices and alarms, while effective, are no substitute for active and watchful neighbours when it comes to crime reduction in an area,” said Spence. “The connectedness and watchfulness of a neighbourhood makes it harder for suspicious and criminal activity to go unnoticed, which is what criminals count on.”

PS Cornelius Pompey, head of the Bodden Town Community Policing sector, added, “Since spring of 2017, when Bodden Town had a high burglary rate, several new neighbourhood watches have been launched, bringing the total number in the district to fourteen and we have seen burglaries drop throughout the district. While significant arrests were made, I have no doubt that more active watches in communities also contributed to this crime reduction.”

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