Anti-vagrancy and crime patrols to be stepped up

Anti-vagrancy and crime patrols to be stepped up

A security firm has been given the green light by the Bermuda Police Service to step up patrols neighbourhoods and the City of Hamilton to combat crime. The new city patrol programme launched by Security Associates last year to stop vagrants from loitering on the doorstep of city businesses is set to expand in April. CEO Carlton Crockwell Sr disclosed the plans include more city bike patrols during the day and night-time patrols in vans at night in various areas. Mr Crockwell also disclosed that the impact of crime has spiked demand for security alarm system installations, which is up by 15 percent. Fuelled by high rates of unemployment in a recessionary climate, he said the local security business will never be the same and the Bermuda we once knew is gone. “We accept the fact that not just in Bermuda but around the world this problem is very real,” said Mr Crockwell. “People are out of jobs, some people are being a nuisance and police are very busy dealing with hard crime. “Security has now become that source of backup, security companies are taking up that slack to become a major source of backup support for the police. “Since […]