The Abaco Police Force’s Superintendent Noel Curry and his officers want to wish the public a Happy New Year and shared special thanks for the community of Abaco for their support over the years and gave advice for the year ahead during a January 2 interview.
He said that due to the “tremendous community support we have received the police have been able to solve many of our reported crimes. Information given by members of the public has led to solving many crimes and the identities of those providing assistance have been kept anonymous.”
He has received excellent response through email tips, and would like to see persons continue sending tips to firstname.lastname@example.org – “it has paid tremendous dividends over the years”.
Mr. Curry noted that because of Abaco’s steady and robust economy the island has encouraged persons from other islands to move here and with the influx of persons “you get the good, the bad and the ugly.” This has contributed greatly to the increase in crime statistics in Abaco.
He encouraged people to “get to know your neighbor” which will help in the long run in the prevention and detection of crime. “Be aware of your neighborhood and who is in it.”
Touting 2012’s success Mr. Curry said he would still like to see a continued reduction in the number of stolen boats for 2012. He said that in 2009 there were 34 reported stolen vessels; in 2011 there were 15 and in 2012 there were 14 boats reported stolen.
He encourages the boating and general community to work together so that the numbers continue declining as each boat stolen hurts the community and the tourism product of Abaco.
Crime Prevention and Safety
Mr. Curry said they are looking to increase their Road Traffic initiative in terms of actually policing the streets. “We’ve done a huge number of road checks this year,” he said. He also spoke of procuring the equipment to professionally test for driving under the influence and working toward putting people before the courts that are caught drunk-driving.
As a matter of precaution the Marsh Harbour Police Department requests that the public try to use ATM’s during daylight hours and avoid, if possible, using them after dark. Businesses are also encouraged to go during daylight hours or stagger your times. Private services are also available for additional security for those who can afford it. Security alarms and cameras also provide more security and help
He also wants to warn those bringing in or harboring illegal immigrants to desist because the Police will be partnering fully with Immigration and the Defense Force to seek them out and find them.
If you are accosted by a criminal with a firearm we encourage you to not confront or struggle with them but instead do your best to get a good description of the perpetrator so that Police can act quickly in bringing them to justice.
Mr. Curry also advises the public to be careful of posting on the social media site Facebook items that have been purchased or received as gifts like laptops, iPhones and iPads because criminals are also watching and could target you.
While we have not had an incident here at this time, Mr. Curry wants the public to be of criminal tactics. He warns people to be cautious when involved in an accident, especially late at night. He said to remain in the vehicle and call the police immediately. If the other party is not visible the officer may instruct you to drive to a location where you feel safe. In a legitimate accident the person in the other vehicle will get out of their vehicle and approach your vehicle.