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Police warn about cheap stolen items for sale

A section of the main island of Tortola.

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has warned residents about a surge in burglaries across Tortola, particularly targeting commercial premises and homes.

Thieves are making off with cash, electronics, tools, and other valuable items, offering them for sale at suspiciously low prices.

Detective Chief Inspector Kenrick Davis, head of the Criminal Investigation Department, highlighted several concerning trends contributing to the rise in crime.

Criminals have been exploiting a common practice of leaving rental car keys inside vehicles near seaports, using these cars for illegal activities before returning them unnoticed.

Additionally, there has been an increase in license plate thefts, with stolen plates used to disguise getaway vehicles and hinder police investigations.

“These emerging trends signal the need for residents to adjust their routines and practices to reduce the chance of becoming victims,” DCI Davis stated. He urged residents and businesses to reconsider leaving keys in vehicles and adopt alternative security measures.

The RVIPF issued a list of crime prevention measures, including installing CCTV cameras, using alarm systems, securing doors and windows, and establishing neighbourhood watch groups.

The force actively supports communities interested in forming such groups to enhance safety and vigilance.

The RVIPF has also intensified patrols in affected areas, leading to several arrests and charges. However, they emphasise the public’s role in crime prevention. Residents are encouraged to report suspicious sales of items below market value and remain vigilant for unusual activity.

Local businesses recently expressed frustration over the lack of effective deterrents and the impact of these crimes on their livelihoods. Community members have also voiced their worries about the safety of their homes and possessions.


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  1. Rubbish says:

    The Police need to do their f**king jobs! This is a complete free for all now and business owners are not allowed to have firearms. Street Justice will soon be the order of the day if RVIPF doesn’t get their s**t together!

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  2. What!!!! says:

    More stop and search needed please

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