The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) is leaving no stone unturned in its fight against criminal activities on the island.
The Community Relations Department (CRD) along with the Special Services Unit (SSU) of RGPF last week Friday staged a demonstration in the vicinity of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) building on Melville Street, St. George’s sensitising people about the various ways of protecting their homes.
Head of the CRD, Inspector Rebekah Jones indicated that the force will continue in its drive to be of assistance to the people they serve since it is the duty of the police to manage crime by helping people to reduce the opportunities given to criminal elements to attack their properties.
She said although, in recent times, the RGPF has been enjoying a very good success rate in crime solving in relation to housebreaking, burglary and stealing, it would be much more enjoyable for the police and the rest of the nation to avoid these crimes.
The female Inspector of Police pointed out that housebreaking is not just losing one’s property, but also cultivates the fear of crime and infringes on one’s private life.
However, the Police are reporting a decline this year in this type of crime when compared to the corresponding period last year.
Between January and September last year there were 3,155 property crimes reported, in comparison to 2,808 in the corresponding period for 2013.
The team from the SSU shared some useful tips with the General Public on how to protect their homes and properties.
Sergeant Patterson Andrew who is part of the SSU Artisan Squad gave a thorough explanation on how homeowners can do their part in protecting their property.
Sgt Andrew displayed some of the simplest tools carried by law-breakers to engage in housebreaking. These include a putty knife, chisel, screwdriver, hacksaw and hammer.
The police officer also suggested that homeowners should invest in better locks on their doors in order to protect their homes from the criminal elements.
“We would recommend to persons using locks that they use a montese lock or a double cylinder dead bolt lock. The montese lock serves two purposes. It can open with the entrance lever and it can lock with the dead bolt lever. It is more expensive, it is more difficult to install, but it’s a hundred percent safer than an entrance lock”, he said.
“The double cylinder dead bolt… uses the key on both inside and outside to have it open, unlike the single cylinder which only uses key on the outside,” he added.
The Police Sergeant also indicated that the burglary proof being installed on the inside of the house makes it more difficult for an intruder to damage it and gain entry into the building.