Sint-Maarten Police Report : Burglary prevention tips

Korps Politie Sint Maarten
Par Korps Politie Sint Maarten 18 Déc 2015 15:50

Sint-Maarten Police Report : Burglary prevention tips

P O L I C E   R E P O R T

Community Warning: It’s Christmas Time… Police noticed increase of burglaries

The Police Force Sint Maarten would like to send out a warning to the public concerning the increase of reported burglaries in various neighborhoods. We urge the community to look after each other and immediately report all suspicious activity in your neighborhood.

As part of the continuing efforts to provide a safe environment for Holiday Season, the Sint Maarten Police Force is therefore offering the community, the following safety tips, to help them prepare against crime.

Burglary prevention tips

Unfortunately burglaries often happen on Sint Maarten. You think you protected your home against burglars, but when you arrive home after work, or perhaps even when you wake up after a good night’s rest, you discover your home was broken into. A burglary can have great impact on your sense of safety in your surroundings. Just the thought that somebody you didn’t invite was in your home and touched your belongings, gives lots of people the ‘shivers’. The Sint Maarten Police Department does their utmost to catch all burglars, but there are some things you can do to help protect yourself from becoming a victim.

First of all you have to start thinking like a burglar. What would you like most if you were one? The answer to that question would probably be: a quick entrance and exit, so you can easily take the stuff you want. We think you would also like it if no one notices you breaking in to a house. Well, if you already are aware of these things, measures can be easily taken against them.

Dos and don’ts

Make sure burglars do not have quick access to your home. You can do this by properly locking all doors and windows. After that don’t leave the key under the door mat or in a flower pot, because burglars know all the hiding places you can imagine too. Perhaps it’s good to install an extra lock to your doors, so it would not be that easy to kick the door in. Don’t leave valuables in sight, people with bad intentions only have to see through your window to spot an iPad or a smart phone lying around, and they will try to get into your home. So check your house like you were a burglar every time you leave your premises. See if there’s a ladder or a garbage container lying around. A burglar could use these things to climb on and get easy access to your house. Store them away. Leave your premises tidy, so you will immediately notice when something is wrong.

Make sure the entrance to your house is visible from the street. Cut all overgrown plants or bushes in front of your home for example, and leave lights on when it’s dark, so an uninvited guest could not hide in the dark and be unnoticed. If you’re not around, perhaps one of your neighbors are. Let them keep an eye out for you when they spot a stranger on your doorstep. They can call the police immediately. You would of course do the same for your neighbor.

See a burglary happening? Call 911!

If you see somebody that’s trying to break into your neighbor’s house, don’t hesitate to call us on 911. Make sure you give a good description of the person to the central dispatch, so they can provide their colleagues on the street with that information. The chances of an arrest increases enormously when the patrol is provided with the right information.

What do the police do in case a burglary happened in your house?

When a burglary still takes place, in spite of all the precautions you took, you should call the police immediately after discovering the break in. Detectives come to your house to collect evidence, so it’s best if you do not clean up broken glass or other things the burglar might have touched. Leave the situation ‘as is’. Our Forensic Department collects evidence, like fingerprints or DNA, because we would really like to arrest the criminal that did this to you. When you tamper with the situation, the evidence is gone, because possible traces the criminal left behind are contaminated with your own DNA. So don’t, we need the evidence. After all, catching thieves is what we’re here for. Most burglars make small mistakes, and we profit from those small mistakes during our investigation. After the member of the Forensic Department has left your house, you’re free to clean up the mess that was made.

A detective will make a report of the burglary. He or she will do this based on the information you give to them. So to make it easier for yourself and for us, it comes in handy when you have a good description of the items that were stolen. The best way to do this is to take pictures of all valuable items in your home. Write down all serial numbers and give them to the detective, to make the report complete. That way, if we do make an arrest or recover stolen goods, we can easily return them to their rightful owner.

More tips?

Perhaps you will find it interesting to read more prevention tips. Then it’s good to know that the Community Police Officers are there to assist you. For example you can make an appointment with one of the CPOs, to check up on the safety measures you took in your house. You can find the contact details of the CPOs below for your neighborhood:

‘Know your CPO’

Do you know your Community Police Officer ?

    CPO Arcella Leonard: Dutch Quarter/Belvedere

Tel: +1721 588 4037 Email:

    CPO Steven Carty: Philipsburg/Pond Island/Pointe Blanche/Hope Est./Guana Bay

Tel: +1721 588 4033 Email:

   CPO Daryl Chandler: Simpson Bay/Cay Bay/Pelican

Tel: +1721 588 4034 Email:

   CPO Shawn Crispulo: Cole Bay

Tel: +1721 588 4035 Email:

   CPO Rensley Henson: Bel Air/Fort Willem/Cay Hill

Tel: +1721 588 4036 Email:

   CPO Ethelwoldus Josepha: Lowlands/Beacon Hill

Tel: +1721 588 2933 Email:

   CPO Felix Richards: St. Peters/Ebenezer/Retreat Est./ Saunders/Mary’s Fancy/Cul de Sac/ Zagersgut/Over the Pond

Tel: +1721 588 2935 Email:

   CPO Helen Romeo: Middle Region/Suckergarden/Mdm Estate/Oyster Pond/Dawn Beach/Defiance

Tel: +1721 588 2932 Email:

Korps Politie Sint Maarten
Par Korps Politie Sint Maarten 18 Déc 2015 15:50

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