Police force offers tips after increase in armed robberies

POSTED: 08/19/16 1:08 PM

St.maarten– The police force says in a press statement that there is an increase in armed robberies on the Dutch side of the island. “This situation should not raise any alarm; however it has raised some concern. The police force is doing its utmost to investigate and arrest those responsible for these criminal acts,” the press statement reads.

Anyone who may have information regarding any crime or criminal activity should contact the police at 542 22 22, 911 or the anonymous tip line # 9300.

The police offers the following tips to help people from becoming a victim of robbery: Avoid dark areas, because most robbers tend to rob people in those places. areas.

– Don’t go to the ATM during dark hours, plan ahead and get your cash during safer times

– Avoid carrying a lot of cash and other valuables

– Trust your instincts, if you sense trouble, get away as soon as possible

– Take a bus/taxi instead of walking home. If you have to walk, take some company

– Be very alert and observant

– Keep your money close to you, preferably not in a purse that hangs free from your hand

– Don’t advertise; don’t wear expensive or fancy looking jewelry

– Install apps like ‘find my phone’ or ‘find my mobile’ on your Smartphone

– Make a note of the unique IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identification) number of your cell phone. If it gets stolen, the police will be able to search in databases.

When, in spite of the abovementioned tips, a robbery does take place, here are some things you can do to make it easier for the police to catch the robber:

– Stay calm

– Don’t be a hero, your life is worth more than your money

– Take a good look at the robber. Make mental notes about the robber. Give the dispatcher all the details you can remember about the robber(s) so the police patrols on the street can start an investigation immediately

– Note the direction of the robber when he leaves

– Try to get a description of the vehicle, if the robber uses one

– Call 911 as soon as possible

– If there are any witnesses, ask them to remain with you until the police arrive. If they can’t, get their name, address and phone number

– Go to the nearest police station to file a report

– Call the emergency number of your credit card company or bank, they can freeze your credit

– Log on to your ‘find my phone’ service, try to locate the phone and tell the police about your findings

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