The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force has reported that more than 100 curfew breaches have occurred since the government first imposed a lockdown in the British Virgin Islands.
Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews told BVI News that while other crimes have been seeing a decline since the curfew period, breaches have spiked the overall crime rate.
“Crime in general and serious crime is down, and as of 18th April, we had recorded 132 breaches of curfew,” Commissioner Matthews stated.
“These breaches will affect our data in the minor crime’s category going forward; showing an obvious increase,” he added.
Difficult for criminal organisations to operate
The top cop, in the meantime, attributed the many restrictions associated with the lockdown as the key reason regular crime has dropped locally.
He said: “Most persons have been compliant and the lockdown and border closures have clearly made it difficult for criminal organisations to operate. When criminals are out and about, they are being identified quickly, thanks to the curfew keeping the majority of law-abiding persons indoors.”
The extended 24-hour curfew period is anticipated to end on Sunday, April 26.
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