For the period January 1st to June 2017, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service have reported that there was an 8% reduction in robberies throughout the country as compared to reported cases in 2016.
During the weekly Media police briefing, Public Relations Officer of the TTPS, ASP Ag. Michael Pierre reported that out of the total robberies committed thus far, 370 were committed with a firearm and 56 reported cases were committed using knives and cutlasses and 51 cases committed using physical force.
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service in their quest to ensure that citizens are safe are advising individuals to adhere to the following guidelines.
In the event you are a victim of a robbery it advised that you not panic, but stay calm and take several deep breaths, obey the robber’s instructions and hand over your valuables; as material items can be replaced.
Be alert at all times and be mindful of your surroundings.
And finally pay close attention to distinguishing characteristics, such as scars, marks, tattoos and accents.
If someone acts suspiciously, looks at you closely or follows you, the TTPS is advising that you head for bright lights or a populated area and call the police.