Thursday, April 25, 2024

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Barbadians are being warned to be extremely careful with their personal effects as the Crop-Over season climaxes this weekend.Police public relations officer (PRO) Inspector David Welch said that recently there had been a rise in thefts of jewellery, cellphones and money, some of which had occurred in Bridgetown where large crowds gathered.Welch said the thefts of items like these that were hard to identify had started earlier this year, and noted the police were once again urging people to pay more attention to their surroundings.“We have realised that there are some robberies occurring where the perpetrators are targeting jewellery, cellphones and money – those sorts of items that can’t be readily identified. Since we noticed the trend we have been asking people to safeguard themselves in terms of wearing less jewellery, or making sure their cellphones are used carefully, and asking them not to display large sums of cash,” he stated.Welch said, however, people were still being careless and walking in areas at night that would put them at risk. The PRO also said the Force believed some of the thefts were being fuelled by the Cash for Gold promotion that is being advertised overseas and here. “We also have some information that persons are doing transactions and offering items like clothes for gold transactions, so instead of taking money they are taking jewellery, which is a very dangerous thing,” he noted.Welch said if a market like that opened up, it would be a major cause for concern.“We are asking all persons to safeguard themselves. And we are also asking you to call us anonymously if you know of anyone who is offering clothes in exchange for gold,” he stated.Back in April, a 27-year-old Barbadian woman was held in connection with more than 100 pieces of gold, believed to be stolen jewellery. She allegedly attempted to sneak past Customs officials at the Grantley Adams International Airport. Investigations later revealed that she was on her way to New York, United States.That was the first time anyone had been found trying to leave the island with such a huge quantity of jewellery.She had in her possession nearly 60 chains of various sizes, dozens of rings, bracelets, anklets, cricket bangles, earrings and other broken pieces of jewellery. Welch is also once again urging victims of jewellery theft or robbery to visit the District “A” Police Station where there is a display of a quantity of unclaimed jewellery.

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