Commissioner: Security on Abaco improving

Despite claims of continued looting on Abaco, Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson yesterday said security issues are improving on the island.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, Abaco resident and businessman Roscoe Thompson III claimed that individuals broke into three apartments next door to him.

He added that those individuals made an attempt to get into his home, but were scared away by his neighbor.

The commissioner told The Guardian that while he will not discount these claims, officers on the ground remain vigilant.

“We don’t have any major, major issues,” he said.

“Officers are vigilant on the ground. We are still arresting people for items that we believe are stolen.

“I think officers are doing a tremendous job on the ground in Abaco.

“I know some people might think that it (recovery) could happen overnight, but it cannot happen overnight given the devastation that we had in Abaco and you know Abaco is disjointed.”

Claims of looting surfaced following the passage of Hurricane Dorian, a monster Category 5 hurricane that shredded large swaths of Abaco and Grand Bahama three weeks ago.

In the storm’s immediate aftermath, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said that while there have been isolated incidents of looting on the island, most of the reports that circulated on social media were unfounded.

He labelled these claims as “grossly overstated”.

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