Residents get crime prevention advice

Residents in West Bay took full advantage of an initiative designed to increase awareness of crime prevention.

Neighbourhood policing officers set up an information booth at the West Bay Public Beach on Monday and were kept extremely busy. Information discussed and distributed included burglary prevention tips with burglary prevention packs and property marking pens; theft prevention advice; pamphlets on how to spot child abuse; animal law guidelines and souvenir pens.

‘Using booths like this to inform the community on what crimes affect the district and what residents can do to protect themselves is just one of the ways we are trying to reach the community,’ said Area Commander, Chief Inspector Angelique Howell. ‘Crime affects everyone in the community and we can only effectively tackle issues by working together.’

In addition to spreading crime prevention messages, officers were able to introduce themselves personally to residents; further building the relationship between the community and the police.

Anyone with information about crime taking place in West Bay should contact the local police station on 949-3999 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). Anyone calling crime stoppers can remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.