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Six Cars Recently Reported Stolen, All Recovered With Keys Inside

Wed, 2024-05-22

During 1st March 2024 until 22nd May 2024, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) received six reports of six different cars being stolen from outside six separate homes.

In each case, the vehicle was left parked with the keys inside and later recovered at a different location, intact.

While such incidents remain uncommon and are mostly preventable, this recent increase is cause for a renewed public advisory.

As a result, residents are once again urged to be vigilant about how they park and lock their cars. Some practical advice:

Park in visible, well-lit areas, if possible

Ideally, cars should be parked somewhere that is easily visible, day or night.

Always lock unattended vehicles

Make it a habit to lock your vehicle if you’re going to be away from it for any period of time – especially overnight – even if it’s just parked outside your home.

Also, all windows and the sun roof, if the vehicle has one, should be closed. And please, remember to take the keys with you.

Take valuables with you, or secure them out of sight

Any personal items left visible in an unattended parked car emboldens an opportunistic thief. Instead, take them with you, or secure them out of sight, in the trunk/boot.

Report stolen vehicles promptly

As always, members of the public are encouraged to report stolen vehicles immediately, by calling 211 – providing as much information as possible. Alternatively, stolen vehicles can be reported through the BPS online community reporting portal at https://portal.police.bm/.

Canal Road Container Truck Collision: No Reported Injuries

Wed, 2024-05-22

Around 2:40pm Wednesday, 22nd May 2024 police responded to a single vehicle traffic collision on Canal Road in Pembroke.

Early information suggests that a container truck carrying a 40 foot container was travelling south on Canal Road, when it came into contact with a large overhead beam and a retaining wall, causing major damage to the wall and truck.

The driver of the truck was not reported to be injured.

As a result of this incident, Canal Road has been closed until the truck can be removed and damages to the infrastructure can be assessed.

Motorcyclist Injured in Harrington Sound Road Collision Monday

Wed, 2024-05-22

Around 12:30pm Monday, 20th May 2024, police officers responded to a reported collision on Harrington Sound Road in Hamilton parish, near the junction with Hidden Cove Lane.

Information suggests that a male motorcyclist was travelling along Harrington Sound Road when a dark coloured van, being driven in the opposite direction, entered the motorcyclist’s lane and allegedly made contact with him.

Apparently the rider, understood to be a 21-year-old Warwick man, then collided with some trees along the roadside, while the van failed to stop.

The injured 21-year-old was transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance for treatment of his injuries and later discharged.

Inquiries continue and any witnesses, particularly any persons that were travelling in the area around the time of this collision, are encouraged to call Constable Jonathan Outerbridge on 211, or e-mail jonathan.outerbridge@bps.bm, as soon as possible.

BPS to Learn From 2024 UK Violence Against Women & Girls Conference

Tue, 2024-05-21

Assistant Commissioner of Police Antoine Daniels and Detective Chief Inspector Derricka Burns are currently in attendance at the 2024 Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Conference at the UK’s College of Policing in Ryton.

The key focus of the conference is geared towards training and supporting law enforcement in enhancing VAWG investigations, in an effort to improve outcomes for victims.

Assistant Commissioner Daniels stated, “There is an abundance of data across western societies that demonstrates domestic abuse has reached epidemic proportions, and should be approached with the same vigour as serious threats such as terrorism, gangs, guns and sexual abuse, due to domestic abuse’s impact on society being just as destructive.

Notwithstanding today’s increased demands on policing, due to a number of key factors such as austerity, reduced staffing levels, globalisation, and the overall complexity of crime, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) remains committed to protecting our community.”

Detective Chief Inspector Burns added, “The UK’s approach to tackling domestic abuse through a comprehensive framework that is victim centred, suspect focused and context led is critical to achieving more effective law enforcement intervention for domestic abuse incidents reported locally.

The BPS will learn lessons from this approach by continuing to follow best practice, providing training and support for its frontline officers, in addition to working closely with our key partners, as well as relevant stakeholders, to tackle domestic abuse.”

Car Driver Hurt in Early Morning Single Vehicle Collision

Tue, 2024-05-21

Around 5:10am Tuesday, 21st May 2024, a reported single vehicle collision occurred on South Road in Smith’s parish, near the junction with Collector’s Hill.

Police, Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service as well as ambulance personnel responded.

It appears that the car involved was being driven along South Road when the vehicle struck a sidewalk, a wall and a utility pole, ending up on its side.

The driver, understood to be a 25-year-old Paget man, was temporarily trapped inside the vehicle, before emergency services personnel were able to extricate him.

Apparently the 25-year-old man remained conscious throughout and sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Area traffic diversions were in effect for approximately one and a half hours, until the collision site was processed and the damaged car was towed away.

Inquiries continue and any witnesses are encouraged to call 211.

Rider Arrested After Two Motorcycle Devonshire Collision Sunday [Updated]

Mon, 2024-05-20

A collision involving two male motorcyclists along North Shore Road, Devonshire, near Loyal Hill Road around 7:10pm Sunday 19th May 2024, has led to the arrest of one of the men, said to be a 49-year-old Smith’s parish resident.

It now appears that both motorcyclists were travelling in the same direction along North Shore Road when the rider in front, understood to be a 71-year-old Devonshire man, was struck from behind by the 49-year-old rider, as the older man attempted to turn on to the Railway Trail, heading toward North Ridge Crescent.

Both men were transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital by ambulance and treated for their injuries, which are not believed to be as serious as originally thought.

The 49-year-old man was later discharged from hospital and taken into police custody, on suspicion of impaired driving.

Traffic in the area was diverted for approximately two hours, while the collision site was processed.

Inquiries continue and any witnesses that have not already come forward are now encouraged to contact Constable Kevin Medeiros by calling 211 or e-mailing kmedeiros@bps.bm.

Update: It has since been confirmed that the injured 71-year-old male motorcyclist involved in a Devonshire collision Sunday, around 7:10pm, has also been discharged from hospital, after receiving relevant medical care.

Reported Two Motorcycle Collision: North Shore Road, Devonshire [Updated]

Sun, 2024-05-19

Around 7:10pm Sunday, 19th May 2024, a collision occurred on North Shore Road in Devonshire, near the junction with Loyal Hill Road.

Early information indicates that two motorcyclists collided with each other.

Both riders were transported by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.

However, one of the riders may have been more seriously hurt.

A medical update is anticipated in due course.

Traffic diversions are in effect in the area, while the scene is processed.

Any witnesses are encouraged to call 211, as soon as possible.

Update: Monday, 20th MayA collision involving two male motorcyclists along North Shore Road, Devonshire, near Loyal Hill Road around 7:10pm Sunday 19th May 2024, has led to the arrest of one of the men, said to be a 49-year-old Smith’s parish resident.

It now appears that both motorcyclists were travelling in the same direction along North Shore Road when the rider in front, understood to be a 71-year-old Devonshire man, was struck from behind by the 49-year-old rider, as the older man attempted to turn on to the Railway Trail, heading toward North Ridge Crescent.

Both men were transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital by ambulance and treated for their injuries, which are not believed to be as serious as originally thought.

The 49-year-old man was later discharged from hospital and taken into police custody, on suspicion of impaired driving.

Traffic in the area was diverted for approximately two hours, while the collision site was processed.

Inquiries continue and any witnesses that have not already come forward are now encouraged to contact Constable Kevin Medeiros by calling 211 or e-mailing kmedeiros@bps.bm.

Single Vehicle Collision in Southampton: Motorcyclist Hurt

Fri, 2024-05-17

Around 10:10p.m. on Friday, 17th of May 2024, police and other emergency services were dispatched to a report a serious single vehicle collision involving a motorcycle, along Middle Road Southampton near the junction with Tribe Road #3 (Five Star Island).

The male rider has been transported to King Edward Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Traffic diversions have been put in place at Church Road and Lighthouse Road, while police process the scene.

Anyone who may have witnessed this, collision and have not yet spoke with police are urged to call 211 at the earliest opportunity.

Sudden Death of 61-Year-Old Woman

Thu, 2024-05-16

Acting Commissioner of Police, Na’imah Astwood – “Around 10:55am Thursday, 16th May 2024, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) received a 911 call regarding a suspected mental health emergency in the Wellington Slip Road, St. George’s area.

BPS officers were promptly dispatched to that location. Shortly after arriving and interacting with a 61-year-old local woman, she became distressed and after that, unresponsive.

The attending officers immediately rendered first aid.

Emergency medical technicians then arrived and the woman was rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance, with lifesaving efforts in progress.

Sadly, she was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

In view of the fact the BPS engaged with the local woman just prior to her death, the BPS has implemented our Post Incident Management procedures and notified the Police Complaints Authority.

Additionally, a BPS Family Liaison Officer has been assigned and a full investigation into this matter is currently underway, with relevant updates to be provided in due course.”

Collision Investigation Continues After Pedestrian Injured in Warwick

Mon, 2024-05-13

The investigation regarding a reported collision involving a car and a pedestrian that occurred around 3:15pm Saturday, 11th May 2024, along Middle Road Warwick near Watch Hill Lane, continues.

Apparently the injured pedestrian, said to be a 31-year-old man visiting from the UK, was treated on site by emergency medical technicians before being transported, conscious, to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance for further treatment.

It is understood that the UK visitor was later discharged from hospital, after receiving additional relevant medical care.

The car driver, said to be an 83-year-old Warwick man, was not hurt.

Traffic in the area was diverted for approximately three hours, while the scene was processed.

The Bermuda Police Service thanks those witnesses that have already come forward and encourages anyone else with information that can assist this investigation to contact Constable Shayna Simmons by calling 211, or sending an e-mail to ssimmons@bps.bm.

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