Southeast New Providence plagued by house break-ins
Pinewood Gardens, South Beach, Garden Hills, Nassau Village and some parts of Blue Hill Road South–though miles apart–have one thing in common: house break-ins.
Over the past few years the southeastern district of New Providence, particularly Pinewood Gardens, has been plagued with murders and other violent crimes.
However, police said that trend has recently changed.
As it turns out, house break-ins have become particularly common in those areas.
Area police reported yesterday that beefed-up patrols is one of the measures police have taken to clamp down on crime in the southeast.
Police statistics for 2010 show that the southeastern division recorded the second highest number of break-ins last year, with 419 reported incidents.
Only Carmichael recorded more break-ins that year when 516 incidents were reported.
In total, police said that 2,158 break-ins had been reported.
Police at the East Street South Station said the Garden Hills area in particular is the most problematic. And while Garden Hills has experienced several break-ins, police said it is not confined to that area but scattered throughout the district.
Police estimate that there were about three break-ins per night in that area before night patrols were increased. Nowadays, officials said the number of break-ins has been reduced by 50 to 75 percent.
Asked about the break-ins in the southeastern division, Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade applauded officers for taking a proactive approach.
He said the force has increased the number of officers on the front lines.
And that the police operation,”Rapid Strike”, has also produced good results.
Greenslade said that as of yesterday, police had taken 60 firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition off the streets since the launch of the initiative last month.
He said”Rapid Strike”has foiled many crimes, including several break-ins.
Police have also cracked a number of housebreaking rings in the southeastern division over the past several months.