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Thieves disturbing ‘low’ crime season on Tortola

BVI News Online - Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 at 11:48 AM

The police HQ, which holds the offices of COP and DCOP

Police have reported that there are several incidents in which thieves escaped with various items including cellular phones, batteries and other electronic supplies.

Though not giving comparative statistics, the police stated that nine incidents were reported last week.

The crimes follow what the officers described as a ‘relatively low crime season’ here in the territory.

Giving a break-down of the incidents, law enforcers said three yachts were burglarized last week at marinas on Tortola while the occupants were asleep on board. Electronic items and cash were taken.

Still on Tortola, thieves entered two truck storage sites and stole a total of 17 batteries.

Police have also reported that cellular phones that are left anywhere unattended for even a short period of time will be stolen.

Four went missing last week, according to the law enforcers.

A Blackberry Curve valued at $200 was stolen from a supermarket counter while the owner paid for groceries.

One person lost his Apple iPhone valued at $460 after forgetting it on a bench at a playground in Road Town, while another lost her Blackberry valued at $400 after forgetting it on the counter at a Laundromat.

None of the cellular phones have been recovered.

The Royal Virgin islands Police Force, which is hosting a security expo at Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park from 11am to 3pm today, said there are many devices that can be used to help catch thieves.

Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Alwin James said: “A tracking device on an iPhone or an iPad can provide an owner the opportunity to trace and recover their items and deter other would-be thieves. Closed circuit cameras have also become useful in detecting and identifying perpetrators that enter your premises.”

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  1. .
    July 24, 2013
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    How come the top police brass is saying on the yellow site that crime is way up?

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  2. Yeesh
    July 23, 2013
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    The boat “breakins” where actual robberies and some of the boats were charter boats with the guests onboard. We dont want an unsafe, crime ridden reputation to happen to us. Look at what it did to St Croix years ago. These kids need to be found and punished. Someone knows something. Tourists are hard enough to attract without this happening.

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  3. .
    July 23, 2013
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    alot go unreported because its a waste of time reporting it.

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    • oooh
      July 23, 2013
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      my friend, some people are just careless, recovering a cellphone that has no tracking software loaded, is like finding a needle in a hay stack. Where will the police look find it, if you the owner don’t know who stole it , how will the police know? the possibility of recovery is almost Zero

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  4. kris
    July 23, 2013
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    If you forgot your cell phone in a park or in a laundry that doesn’t mean that someone stole it, it just means you forgot it and someone took it.

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    • Grammar Police
      July 23, 2013
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      EVERYONE forgets something from time to time, but that doesn’t give anyone the right to take something that clearly doesn’t belong to them

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    • Sticky Fingers
      July 23, 2013
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      Is that how you rationalize your stealing?
      I hope you do not have children or in anyway you are in the position to influence youths.
      Finding an item, especially one that is costly and maing no attempts to return it is theft.
      The item and its description and place foundd could have been announced or a description posted on one of your blogs or turned over to the police..An honest person would have made and honest effort.
      Unfortunately, many do not realize that Karma is real ns what you visit on another definitely returns ten fold.

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    • TheTruth1
      July 24, 2013
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      Wow!!! you really are something

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