Police to step up patrols over Hallowe’en
Police will have a heightened presence over the Hallowe’en weekend to crack down on violence and prevent any reprisals over the double murder at the Robin Hood pub.
Chief Inspector Alex Rollin, of the community policing division, said: “With Halloween being this coming Sunday, the Bermuda Police Service is mindful there are persons within our community who may use this as an opportunity to commit unlawful acts.
“Such behaviour will not be tolerated and officers will use all lawful powers to deter and detect antisocial behaviour.”
He added: “Although the Bermuda Police Service is well positioned to deal with Hallowe’en from an enforcement perspective, our focus is also on public safety – and we appeal to the community to do their part to preserve the safety and security of everyone.”
A police spokesman said: “The Bermuda Police Service wishes to assure the public that in light of recent acts of violence and in an effort to avert any reprisals, there will be a heightened police presence throughout the island over the coming days.”
Mr Rollin also reminded road users to drive slowly, particularly in residential areas, and be on the alert for trick-or-treaters, who may wear dark costumes and be difficult to see while crossing streets at night.
He encouraged guardians of young trick-or-treaters to keep them close by while out and to wear bright or reflective items and use a flashlight.
Hallowe’en partygoers were asked to act in a responsible manner and to “carefully consider your options and the consequences”.
Mr Rollin added: “If you intend on consuming alcohol – please, do not make the mistake of driving while impaired.
“Poor choices can have long-term ramifications.”
He also also warned against actions that could injure other people or cause property damage, such as throwing eggs or other projectiles.
He asked that parents and shopkeepers be wary of people, particularly youngsters, who attempted to buy large quantities of eggs.
Mr Rollin said: “Throwing eggs at people or property may seem like innocent fun, but this irresponsible and potentially dangerous act can cause personal injury and property damage.
“Therefore, anyone caught engaging in such activity will be dealt with appropriately.”