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New WhatsApp Scam

Wed, 2020-10-28

A new WhatsApp scam has emerged in which a message is sent out, via SMS, by individuals purporting to be part of the WhatsApp technical team, asking users to share their verification code in order to verify that their account is genuine.

Responding to this message, allows the scammers access to your account, your contacts and your messages.

Detective Inspector Derricka Burns of the Specialist Crime Unit advised: WhatsApp rarely message users via the app. If they do, it is for global announcements, and their messages include a green verified indicator alongside the logo and the account name.

Also, WhatsApp never asks for your data or verification code and you should never be handing out six-digit PIN numbers to anyone.”

Inspector Burns added: “You can take extra security measures by setting up the two-step verification for your WhatsApp account.

This means even if someone does get hold of your six-digit number, they will still need an extra password to access your account. Instructions for setting up two-step verification, is available in the settings area of the app.”

Fatal Stabbing in Sandy's Parish

Mon, 2020-10-26

Shortly before 2:00 a.m. today, Sunday 25th October, police received a report of a stabbing incident near the junction of Hook and Ladder Lane and Somerset Road, Sandys.

Officers responding to the call found a 28-year-old male had been stabbed in the chest and was in and out of consciousness.

The officers administered first aid until the arrival of Emergency Services. The injured man was transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment to his injuries. He however succumbed to those injuries and was pronounced dead by an on call physician a short time later.

No further details will be provided about the deceased until all next of kin have been informed 

Shooting Incident Pembroke Park Lane

Mon, 2020-10-26

Police are investigating a firearms incident which left two men with multiple gunshot wounds. 

The incident occurred in the  Pembroke Park Lane area of Pembroke Parish at around 9:15 p.m. on Friday 23rd October. 

Police received reports of  several gunshots at a nearby residence and upon arrival officers found the two victims, one of whom was transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital in a police vehicle, the other, via ambulance. 

Detective Inspector Kenten Trott of the Serious Crime Unit appealed for calm as he urged anyone with information on this latest shooting to contact police. 

Investigators are particularly interested in speaking with anyone who may have seen a man leave the area on a motorcycle riding east along St . John’s Road shortly after the incident. 

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Inspector Trott on  717-2345. You may also call the main police number, 295-0011 or the confidential Crime Stoppers number 800-8477.

Pyramid Scheme

Mon, 2020-10-26

The Bermuda Police Service is aware of a pyramid scheme being promoted on the island. The scheme is being touted as a co-operative with meetings to attract investors being held via video communication platforms such as ZOOM. 

A Pyramid scheme is a non-sustainable business model that involves promising participants payment or services, primarily for enrolling other people into the scheme, rather than supplying any real investment or sale of products or services to the public.

Pyramid schemes usually entice new investors by offering higher returns than other investments, in the form of short-term returns that are either abnormally high or unusually consistent. Perpetuation of the high returns requires an ever-increasing flow of money from new investors to keep the scheme going.

COP Responds to Report Posted on Sexual Assault Stats

Tue, 2020-10-20

A recent report shared on Facebook suggested that Bermuda sits 5th in the world in relation to offences of rape.

The BPS and many other partner agencies in Bermuda are there to support victims of rape and any sexual offence against them. Rape is a horrific crime for anyone to suffer and causes long lasting and often irreparable damage to the victim, beyond the physical act itself. 

Additionally, the number of rapes reported to police and other agencies are far fewer than the reality, not least as many victims are afraid to report or find themselves in situations, for example abusive relationships, where such disclosure would lead to further violent and coercive acts being done to them.   

However, the article in question is misleading to some degree, as the data relied upon for Bermuda includes ALL sexual offences and not just the act of rape (attempted or otherwise). 

Within this category is included acts such as ‘flashing’ (i.e. with no contact to a victim) or ‘groping’ as well as cyber grooming. 

All very serious matters but very different in type and victimisation.   

The actual numbers of reported sexual assaults in Bermuda, has ranged from approximately 26 to 58 over the past years, noting that one victim can be subject of a number of recorded offences against them. 

Suspicious Packages Wash Up on South Shore Beach

Tue, 2020-10-20

The Bermuda Police Service can confirm that 7 packages containing suspected controlled drugs were seized by police after the items were discovered by a member of the public, floating in the surf just off Southlands Beach at Around 11:30 a.m. on Friday 16th October.

Police along with their colleagues from the Coast Guard carried out an exhaustive search of the area, but no other packages were found.

The packages are to be forensically examined and the content to be examined to determine whether they contain controlled drugs.

Ten such packages have now so far been reported to the police by members of the public, leading to the recovery and seizure of these items.

We wish to thank those individuals who have brought these finds to the attention of the police and urge anyone who encounters suspicious packages on beaches or in the nearby waters, to please call 211 or, the main police number, 295-0011.

5th Road Traffic Fatality for 2020

Tue, 2020-10-20

At around 11:50 p.m. on Friday, 16th October, police received a report of a serious single vehicle collision involving a motorcycle, in the area of Windreach, on Spice Hill Road, Warwick.

Upon arrival, officers found a 45-year-old man lying in an unresponsive state on the roadway.

The officers immediately began performing CPR until the arrival of the EMTs, who transported the victim via ambulance to King Edward Hospital, where he was pronounced dead by an emergency room doctor at around 12:20 a.m today, Saturday 17th October.

Anyone with information on this incident, is asked to call 211 or, the main police number, 295-0011.

This is the island’s fifth road fatality for the year. 

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