Philipsburg, February 08th 2019
From: Chief Inspector R.V. HENSON
POLICE PRESS RELEASE
Female robbed while leaving restaurant
On Wednesday February 6th at approximately 11:30 pm, police patrols were dispatched to a popular restaurant on Front Street were an amed robbery had just taken place.
While on the scene the patrol received information form the victim that a male suspect, coming from the direction of the Board walk, with a knife in hand demanded that the female victim hand over her purse. Once the suspect received the purse from the victim he took off running. The patrols searched the area however the suspect was not found. No one was hurt or in need of medical assistance.
The police force of Sint Maarten is doing its utmost to protect you and your family from all crime. Unfortunately armed robberies do occur in our community. These criminal acts have serious impact on victims as well as the community. It is better to be safe than sorry and there fore the Sint Maarten Police Force has some safety precautions listed for you that may prevent you from becoming a victim of robbery.
- Always bear in mind to observe your environment. You, of course, know best what’s ‘normal’ in your surroundings, so if you see any suspicious persons or vehicles, don’t hesitate to call the police (911). Give them a good description of the person(s) or vehicle(s) that seems suspicious to you. Good observation only can take place when your business and surrounding areas are well lit, so repair broken lights or install new ones.
- Make sure you have as little money as possible in your store. Take your money to safer places regularly, for instance a bank. In case your store does get robbed, the robbers don’t have a big gain.
- Make sure your shop closes at the hour that’s on your permit. Don’t let your last late coming customer be the one who takes all the money you’ve earned that entire day.
- If you have the opportunity; buy some camera’s that record whoever comes into your store. The images recorded on the camera’s can really help the police in their investigation.
- Do not offer or volunteer more than is demanded.
- Make no sudden movements that may anger the robber or cause them to panic.
Anyone who has information in regard to this case should immediately get in contact with the police department by calling 54-22222, the emergency number 9300 TIP line or you can send a private message to the KPSM face book page.
46 persons fined during KPSM’s Patrol Unit controls
The KPSM’s Patrol Unit conducted early morning controls, during the hour of 7:00am – 8:00am, on Wednesday February 6th in the vicinity of Liliy road and Gladiola road. The controls were held in an effort to put a stop to the vehicles that make a right turn, in the wrong direction, on the Lily road from the Carnation road in hopes to cut traffic time in the morning. A number of complaints have been made of vehicles endangering others coming up the right direction of the one way street.
The Patrols stopped 46 cars during the control and each person was given a fine. A total of 11.500,- guilders of fines were given out on that morning. One person was placed under arrest for outstanding unpaid fines.
Controls are sleighed to continue as of next week. The Sint Maarten Police force would like to ask all persons of the community to respect the traffic laws to ensure everyone reaches to their destination in a safe and timely manner.