Burglary is a Crime of Opportunity, Says Head of CID

(ZIZ News) – Head of the Criminal Investigations Department of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Superintendent Charles Smithen is calling on residents of St. Kitts and Nevis to “take away the opportunity and the chances of becoming the victim of a home burglary.”

He is quoted in a release as categorising burglary as a crime of opportunity noting that “burglars look for an opportunity to enter your property, and in several of these cases, an unlocked window or door provides the chance.”

Over the last weeks, this media house has provided information on a number of burglaries and the force says residents have raised concerns but Superintendent Smithen has asked that homeowners ensure that all windows and doors are locked when leaving home.

“Ensure your property is secured. Put away valuables. Computers and cell phones have been the items taken in many of the cases reported. Don’t leave cash around as well,” he said.

He also reminded that burglaries can occur when persons are at home so they should “ensure doors are locked, preventing a burglar from just walking in.”

“Before securing for the evening, walk your home, touch and verify that every door and window is locked. Leaving an outside light on can also serve as a deterrent,” he advised.

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