Police have made a breakthrough in a series of burglaries in the south of the island, arresting three of the burglars, including a woman, and solving a number of cases in the process.
While Acting Senior Superintendent of Police in charge of the Southern Division Bruce Rowe made no mention of an organized ring when he met with reporters today at his Oistins, Christ Church office, the senior police officer admitted to having a burglary problem in the southern division.
Those arrested had been targeting computers, cell phones and cash, Rowe revealed, and were suspected of being involved in as many as 15 robbery cases.
“We have problems in the southern division with burglaries, but we are working assiduously to clean up some of them,” he told the news conference.
“Within the last two days we have been able to clear up 15 cases where we are in the process of charging three people, including a female, for burglaries, robberies, theft and handling stolen property,” he explained, adding that the targeted areas were Fairholm Gardens, Maxwell Hill, Durants, Silver Sands and as far out as the vicinity of the District ‘C’ police station.
Up to the end of April this year there were 424 burglaries across the island, 331 of which were residential, 72 commercial and 18 involved the use of firearms, the lawman said. There were no comparative figures from 2017.
Of the 424 this year, 161 occurred in the southern district, of which 139 were at private residences, 16 in the commercial sector and six carried out with the aid of weapons.
Rowe advised homeowners and the general public to be vigilant and ensure their homes were secure.
“What we want to take the opportunity to do as well is to encourage the public and homeowners to secure their homes and if they see anything, please call us. You can reach us through the police hotline or you can call any police station. The numbers are easily accessible. We support and we always appreciate the information that is passed on to us and we will work on it to try to bring the situation in this division and in the country at large under control,” the senior police officer said.
The southern divisional commander, who had called in reporters to assist police in having the public identify the stolen property, also appealed to homeowners to share the contents of their closed-circuit television recordings with investigators whenever a crime was committed on or near their premises.
The bulk of the stolen property had already been retrieved by the owners by the time reporters arrived at Oistins Police Station this afternoon, after law enforcement officers got the message out via social media and through word of mouth.
Meantime, the senior police officer said the election campaign has been incident-free, and yesterday’s early voting for police officers and electoral officials went without incident.
“We have systems in place. We are policing the election according to the operational plan of the Force, but I will want to say to you that our policing of the election will not minimize our policing of the country. We still have to police Barbados and we are policing Barbados. Policemen are giving above and beyond what is normal to assist us in policing this country,” Rowe assured.