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Be alert, Manchester police tell citizens

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherland@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, January 27, 2014    

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The police are renewing calls for residents to protect themselves from criminals by being more alert.

Marlene Bailey, Deputy Superintendent of Police in charge of the Community Safety and Security branch in Manchester, reminded her audience at a recent town hall meeting in Bellefield that their personal safety and that of their property is their first responsibility and they should take the necessary precautions.

She said that persons should be aware of their surrounding and avoid walking and talking while on their cell phones. They should leave laptops at home or in the trunk of vehicles, parked in well-lit areas at night and crowded areas during the day, she said.

Bailey said robbery was the only category of major crimes to show an increase in Manchester during 2013.

"The robberies that we had, most of them were cell phone(s) — the necessary evil and the necessary good," said DSP Bailey.

"...We have been out, we have been talking, we have been giving safety tips, we are on NCU (Northern Caribbean University radio) every Sunday morning... For some people it go through one ear and come through the other," she added.

Last year, according to DSP Bailey some people were also robbed of electronic gadgets such as iPods and laptops.

"It might sound simple but that is what... pushed us where we are at," she said.

Bailey said that the Manchester police have also made provisions to prevent persons returning from overseas from being robbed — a cause for concern.

She spoke of persons being trailed from the airport, with family members sometimes being the ones planning the robberies.

Bailey told her listeners that the police could offer an "escort system" at no charge as its way of giving "service above service".

Those wishing to access the escort service should contact the Superintendent of Police in the Manchester Division, Marlon Nesbeth, she said.

"We are here to help you. We know that we have some thorns among us and we have some bad, corrupt cops among us; but let us don't labour on that and don't do what we (are) supposed to do. Let us work together...," said Bailey.

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