Burglars raided 23 homes, say police
Burglars have raided 23 homes over the past two weeks, police said today.
The Bermuda Police added they are investigating the string of incidents — most of which happened between 8am and 5pm.
A police spokesman said: “In a number of these incidents, suspects have been identified and police are actively pursuing leads.”
He added: “The Bermuda Police Service would like the public to be vigilant as we have reports of two black males on a motorcycle working together.
“Also, witnesses in the western parishes are describing another burglary suspect — a white male believed to be of Portuguese descent who is very active in the Southampton area.”
Police said many of the homes were left unlocked and valuables were left in view.
The burglaries took place in eight of the island's nine parishes.
Pembroke, Paget and Southampton were all targeted by thieves four times, while another three break-ins happened in Sandys.
The City of Hamilton, Devonshire and St George's had two burglaries apiece.
Hamilton Parish and Smith's had one break-in each. Only Warwick escaped unscathed.
Police warned that people should lock doors and windows before leaving home and — if possible — get a security system or a dog.
The public should also look out for suspicious people or workers that come to their homes.
Police said: “Ask to see identification and call the business to verify before letting anyone in your home.
“If you are unsure or feel unsafe, do not engage — call the police immediately.”
The public should also avoid leaving large sums of money or jewellery where they can be seen.
The spokesman added: “If any community would like to establish a neighbourhood watch group please call the main police telephone number 295-0011 or contact your respective Community Action Teams.
“For the central parishes please e-mail email@example.com, eastern parishes please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and for the western parishes please e-mail email@example.com.”