PHILIPSBURG:— 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 from the victim that a male suspect, coming from the direction of the Boardwalk, 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 a serious impact on victims as well as the community. It is better to be safe than sorry and therefore the Sint Maarten Police Force has some safety precautions listed for you that may prevent you from becoming a victim of a robbery.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. If you have the opportunity; buy some camera’s that record whoever comes into your store. The images recorded on the cameras can really help the police in their investigation.
6. Do not offer or volunteer more than is demanded.
7. 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 facebook page.
KPSM Press Release.
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