Wednesday 3 June, 2020

Motorists with flashing lights to come under more pressure - Cops

Motorists who have placed modifications on their vehicles to include flashing lights/sirens are being warned to remove the items immediately.

Police on Saturday warned that over the next few days they will be stepping up their campaign to target drivers committing the breaches.

Police sources told Loop News that  the decision was made to step up operations to clamp down on the problem as authorities have been getting reports that a number of criminals were using vehicles with the mentioned modifications to commit crimes.

In a release from the Corporate Communication Unit, police say they are aware of a voice note being circulated on social media making reference to motorists being allegedly stopped by persons dressed as officers, travelling in an unmarked vehicle with blue lights flashing.

“Currently there are two reports of such incidents being investigated by the police. These issues are being treated with the greatest level of importance and urgency and the investigations are ongoing.

Police warn that they will be moving to aggressively clamp down on the practice.

"Motorists who have modified their vehicles with flashing lights and/or sirens that imitate those used by authorised emergency vehicles, such as police vehicles, ambulances and fire engines, are being warned to remove them immediately," the release stated.

“Motorists who ignore this warning to remove the devices will not only face inconvenience, but moreso the full brunt of the law, including the seizure of the vehicles to have them removed forthwith,” police said.

Investigators are appealing to persons who may have been victims, or who may have information that can assist in the arrest and charge of these perpetrators to contact the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigations Branch (C-TOC) at 876-937-1389. Persons may also share information through Crime Stop at 311, 811 or Police 119 emergency number.



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