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Dames: No cause for alarm over recent housebreakings

Minister of National Security Marvin Dames yesterday downplayed concerns over a string of recent housebreaking incidents on New Providence.

He said social media may be making it seem like a bigger problem than it is.

“We’re living in an era where every matter is magnified,” Dames said.

“And, so, I don’t have the numbers, but in the era of social media, every house break-in now is important.

“[L]ast year, we said the same thing with any number of different offenses and found out they were lower than the year before.

“After having said that, crimes of this nature, as always, are a concern. And I get constant updates from the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF).”

However, Dames said he is very concerned about two recent incidents where women were sexually assaulted in their homes.

“There have been one or two very serious incidents that concern me and that concern the RBPF as well and the Bahamian public,” he said.

“The police are working very hard to bring those matters to some resolution. And I believe that they are following any number of leads. Where those leads will end up, we just have to wait and see.

“But this is the world that we’re living in today, unfortunately.”

According to reports, on Tuesday night, two men forced their way into a Coral Harbour home around 8 p.m. and robbed a woman of cash and other personal items.

Police said one of the men sexually assaulted the woman before both men escaped in her vehicle.

On January 14, police said a woman was sexually assaulted by a man who broke into her Marshall Road home.

“I continue to say to members of the public that anytime you see anything that remotely looks suspicious, pick up the phone and call the police,” Dames said.

“Let’s deal with it.”

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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