The Police Force is reporting an overall reduction in crime for the first quarter of this year, 2021.
As a result, the Police administration is thanking the public for its “supportive role in combating crime within the country.”
But, notwithstanding the dip, it is concerned with the high number of reports regarding crimes of acquisition – which include larceny, fraud, break-in, and robbery.
In fact, “this high-volume crime grouping accounts for 79.5% of the crimes reported during the 1st quarter of 2021,” a release from the Force says.
Taking that reality into account, it is important for law-enforcers and the Police to work together to maintain a safer Antigua and Barbuda, the statement adds.
While pledging its continued support to the public, the Police have offered 10 crime-prevention tips to help residents avoid becoming victims.
For instance, they advise people not to place wallets in their back pockets and to avoid wearing a lot of jewellery.
Residents should also avoid being distracted by their mobile phones; exposing such devices; and leaving them unattended.
The Police further encourage all persons to be more alert and attentive to their surroundings, and to be especially wary when a stranger approaches and asks for assistance.