June 12, 2009
Police stepping up patrols for Vincy Mas

Head of the Criminal Investigations Department, Superintendent Brinsley Ballantyne, is strongly urging all Vincentians to take extra precautions for Vincy Mas 2009.{{more}}

Speaking to SEARCHLIGHT earlier this week, Ballantyne says he is pleased with the low level of reports he has been receiving since Carnival kicked off last month. Last week, fewer than 25 reports of criminal activity were recorded island wide.

“I am looking forward to an incident free carnival and I am advising persons to leave home their machines and bring their queens,” Ballantyne added.

He noted that the police will be beefing up their patrols in order to control any problems that may occur during the season. He also mentioned that there will be 24-hour mobile and foot patrols by the police. Regular stop and searches on both the Leeward and Windward sides of the island will also be stepped up in their fight against illegal weapons and controlled substances.

Ballantyne also advised homeowners to notify their neighbours when they are leaving home and not to leave any objects outside their houses which intruders can use to gain entry. “This is the time when burglars seize the opportunity to wipe your houses clean,” he noted.

Ballantyne said that the police’s main aim for this carnival season, is to prevent as many incidents as possible so patrons can come and have a safe Carnival. (KW)