Citizens Urged To Be Alert and Aware Of Surroundings

Police Press Release

Basseterre, St. Kitts, November, 27 (RSCNPF): The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force Special Victims Unit (SVU) is currently investigating a report of an attempted abduction which occurred on Friday (November 20) in the Shadwell Housing area.

According to Police reports, the attempted abduction occurred sometime between 8:00 and 8:30 am. A juvenile female reported that while walking to school, a male in a black jeep, stopped his vehicle and tried to abduct the her by force. The report indicated the victim screams attracted the attention of neighbours who responded and the assailant released the victim and fled the scene in the vehicle.

Investigations are ongoing and a suspect was taken into police custody and is assisting with the investigations. It is also important to note that this is the only incident that have been reported to police and being investigated and not three or four that have been making the rounds in the social media.

An investigator in the SVU said, “persons can decrease the risk of being a victim of these type crimes by walking in groups, walking in well lit areas, avoiding walking in bushy areas and should not use dirt tracks and alley-ways unaccompanied after dark. In general,” be aware of your surroundings,” stressed the investigator.

Assistant Commissioner of Police with responsibility for Crime, Mr. Ian Queeley said, “the thought of these types of activities occurring is troubling. We are actively investigating the report.” ACP Queeley, encouraged citizens to embrace best practices in personal safety at all times, he said, “by using some simple safety practices while travelling, while doing business, at and safety at home, citizens can reduce the risk of being a victim of crime,” and added, “walking in groups, ensuring proper lighting around our homes, being a little more attentive to our surroundings, can help to deter persons with criminal intent from making you a victim.”

He went on to urge citizens to be responsible and refrain from disseminating information that is false and can instill the fear of crime in the society.

I ask anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity last Friday morning involving this black jeep in the Shadwell area to call the Police, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477(TIPS).

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