Head of the Criminal Investigations Department, Acting Chief Inspector Gilbert Charles said residential and business burglaries have decreased compared to the same period last year primarily due to the arrests of suspected perpetrators and the community's effort to mark and secure these items.
The surge in burglaries last year was largely of unfinished homes and sheds where tools were stored. This resulted in significant losses to owners.
"These tools range in price between $500 to $1,000. Therefore, it is worthwhile to ensure that the items are marked and recognizable when seen. Once identified, not only is the tool returned to its rightful owner, but the thief who claims ownership can be arrested and charged. This simple precaution substantially reduces the incentive to steal," Acting Chief Inspector Charles noted in a press release on July 19, 2022.
The RVIPF has again reminded the public to take the time and mark their tools and electronic items to deter would-be thieves.
Inspector Charles noted that officers confiscated many tools and other items with no identifiable marks. This he said makes it difficult to prosecute offenders and ultimately return stolen items.
“The combined efforts of the Police and community resulted in a reduction in burglaries. Both residential and business burglaries are now down by 71% compared to 2021.
“The RVIPF would like the trend to continue by individuals taking the necessary steps,” the RVIPF stated.