BRADES, Montserrat – A series of recent burglaries in the Brades area has led Commissioner of Police Steve Foster to ask the public to be vigilant about their security.
Commissioner Foster confirmed that there have been several incidents of burglaries, with the thieves taking mostly cash from the premises of local shops.
“There are robberies happening both night and day. We are cautioning the public to secure their jewellery and keep your house locked,” he stated. “Business places should improve their security, do not leave cash inside and make checks before closing up.”
The commissioner said that business owners that are leaving work late at nights can also call the Royal Montserrat Police Service to alert them. He added that businesses can increase the use of technology and ensure that it is working. One of the businesses recently robbed did have very high tech equipment but it had been turned off by the owners, the police head noted.
Foster also said the public should be aware of the increase in email scams, some of which are using the names of local banks as a way to look authentic. Emails that announce you are a winner and request your credit card and bank account information to be able to access the winnings are hoaxes and should be reported to the police.
The public should also note that there is an increase in the number of people going around wanting to exchange gold for cash. A receipt should be given, the commissioner said. He also suggested that this could be another way that thieves are finding out what homes and businesses to target when they are able to view what you may have to sell and instead return later to steal it.
The RMPS can be reached by dialling 999 or 491-2555.