Police increased high visibility patrols to deter anti-social behaviour during power outage

Around 3:20 pm on Friday, 3rd February, 2022, the Bermuda Electric Light Company, (BELCO), experienced an issue that led to a significant power outage.

The Bermuda Police Service, (BPS), immediately moved to mitigate against any disruption to the flow of traffic by posting officers at all major intersections where traffic lights were off due to the power outage, to assist with traffic control.

The BPS also acted expeditiously to bring on additional officers to assist with increased high visibility patrols to not only to deter anti-social behaviour and reduce the risk of criminal activity as a result of the outage, particularly during the hours of darkness and to provide reassurance to the wider community as well as business owners and operators.

The additional resources also assisted in reducing negative driving behaviour and preventing against serious traffic collisions.

Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, Na’imah Astwood, stated: “I wish to thank the community for working with your Bermuda Police Service during the events of yesterday.

There were no calls for service in relation to any major incidents requiring police attention during or, as a result of yesterday’s power outage.

Some members of the public, like the young man employed at the East City Tigermart and others, assisted with traffic control until the arrival of an officer.”

There were a few minor damage only, traffic collisions reported.

ADCOP Astwood added: “ I take this time to say a heartfelt thank you to our officers, who on such short notice transitioned seamlessly from their regular taskings, working in cohesion to meet the demands resulting from yesterday’s events.

Your efforts ensured there were no disruptions to the saftey and security of our country. I am very proud.”

The BPS has spent the last few hours ensuring there were no untoward occurrences while the community and businesses resume normal activity and we continue our work making Bermuda safer.

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