Providenciales, TCI, November 21, 2016 – This holiday season, don’t let the spirit of giving lull you into giving burglars a better chance to do their dirty work. Thieves love the holidays as much as everyone else because it’s an opportune time for crime. Nothing can ruin the Christmas spirit fast than becoming the victim of a crime.
Burglars view the holiday season a little differently- for them, it’s a time of opportunity to burglarize your home for cash, credit cards, gifts or anything of value. From Thanksgiving to Christmas these are times of year during which many of us will be busy shopping. We must not forget that criminals will also be out and about looking for easy targets to steal from.
The following are a few strategies that will help you enjoy the festive season without incident.
Protecting your home
- Make sure windows and doors are locked
- Have locks all keyed the same
- If you have a security door, lock it by using the key when you are home.
- Engrave your property
- Keep trees and shrubs trimmed
- Put away tools, gardening equipment and ladders, thieves may use these to gain access
- Remember to lock garden sheds and garages
Protecting your home when you are away
- Use a timer to turn on lights, radio or television
- Ask a neighbour to collect your newspapers and mail
- Never leave a key hidden outside, leave it with a neighbour, family or friend
Whilst doing your Christmas shopping
- Bag and purse snatching is a common crime. It can happen anywhere. Stop the bag snatcher by always carrying your bag over your shoulder and tucked down the arm.
- To discourage purse-snatchers, don’t overburden yourself with packages. Have our purchases delivered whenever practical.
- Do not leave your bag in the shopping trolley.
- Shop before dark if possible. Coordinate shopping trips with friends.
- Lock your parcels and gifts in your vehicle’s trunk.
- Keep your vehicle’s doors locked and windows closed and ensure valuables are out of sight.
- Have your keys readily available in your hand before you go to your car.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash
- Pay for purchases with credit card, or debit card when possible
- Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
Woman dies on Tuesday; 32nd Covid Death for Turks & Caicos
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos has recorded its 32nd death related to COVID-19.
The person, who we are told is a special needs young woman – was unvaccinated and had underlying medical conditions.
The death rate in the Turks and Caicos of both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons has climbed alarmingly this year. In the 21-month period from March 2020 when the country recorded its first case to December 2021, there were 26 deaths recorded in the TCI.
In the 19 days since the start of 2022 that number has increased to 32; which means six deaths already in January.
Cruising should slow down says PAHO
By Dana Malcolm
‘Slow down on Cruising’, that’s the word from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO in their latest recent press conference.
“In the context of intense transmission, due to the Omicron variant as we have highlighted several times. It is just logical to suspend or at least limit the cruise ship traffic as an outbreak on board might end up exceedingly high and probably will go beyond the capacity of local health services”
Both the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos are experiencing a massive uptick in cases and several warnings regarding cruise travel have been issued by the US Centers for Disease Control.
Cruising just resumed for many regional countries this past Summer, Turks and Caicos was among the latest to restart on December 13.
A stop to sailing would be devastating to economies, however, ports of call like Grand Turk which are reeling with rocketing case numbers of COVID are urged to consider the suggestion of slowing down on ships by PAHO.
Cayman gets its second ‘Sir’; former Premier Alden McLaughlin knighted on Jan 1
By Dana Malcolm
#Cayman, January 20, 2022 – Former Premier of Cayman Alden McLaughlin was knighted at the start of 2022; named in the Queen’s New Year Honors List. He is only the second Caymanian to have ever received a knighthood from her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Current Governor, Martyn Roper extended congratulations saying, “This is an outstanding personal achievement for former Premier McLaughlin, one of the most important and impactful political leaders in Cayman over the last 21 years. It is a significant moment for our islands. This historic award is only the second ever Knighthood to a Caymanian since the first in the 1990s. It is a strong signal of the respect in which Cayman is held and a visible demonstration of the progress Cayman has made as a vibrant democracy with strong good governance foundations.”
Sir McLaughlin, who is also now a QC attorney, served two terms as premier and had a career in politics that spanned 21 years. McLaughlin is known for his role in modernizing Cayman’s constitution.
Current premier G. Wayne Panton described the occasion as a unifying moment for the country saying, This is a day of celebration and great pride for all Caymanians as a son of our soil has been bestowed one of the highest honour. Today marks a new and most unique storyline in the history of the Cayman Islands. In considering the rarity and magnitude of this occasion, this is certainly a unifying moment for our community.”
Sir Alden McLaughlin, 60, was appointed as a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George on January 1, 2022.
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