Wednesday 12 August, 2020

Bike robberies down, police commissioner reports

Major General Antony Anderson (file photo)

Major General Antony Anderson (file photo)

Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, is reporting that the frequency of robberies being carried out by motorcyclists and their pillions has decreased.

While not quoting any figures, Anderson said a range of strategies have been employed to target bikers who routinely steal cell phones and other valuables and speed off.

“We are aware that there are a number of persons who use motorcycles to commit robberies. There are a number of cases already, and a number of leads that we are following up in this regard,” he said.

Robbers on motorcycles have been a thorns in the sides of law-abiding citizens and the security forces for years. The robbers usually target persons using their cell phones, grab women’s handbags, or target persons leaving financial institutions.

“We have seen a decrease in bike robberies. There are certain strategies that we have begun to use, and we are going to continue to use, and we shall start seeing the results of that when these cases come up in court,” Anderson said during a press conference at Jamaica House on Thursday.

He said bike robberies in the hubs of New Kingston, Cross Road, Half-Way Tree and other parts of the Corporate Area and other town centres nationally, have gone down as a result of the security forces employing new strategies.

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