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VIPD Has Ways For You To Keep From Becoming A Victim Of Rape Or Home Invasion


CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Police Department is currently investigating a series of Home Invasions and Rapes that have recently occurred over the past month. All leads provided are being heavily pursued and the Department has strategies in place to address this matter.

Most recently on September 7, 2016 at roughly 6:53 a.m., officers were dispatched to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center in regards to a report of a rape.  The victim explained that she was raped by an unknown black male inside the residence of the home she was house siting.

We would like to take this time to stress to the community, that there are steps you can take that can prevent you from becoming a victim of Home Invasion or Rape by following the tips below.

·         If you have a glass sliding door, place a metal pole or strong stick on the tracks of the door, no matter how muchsomeone jolts or pulls the door, it will not open.

·         If you’re moving into a new apartment, request for your locks to be changed. others can have a copy without yourknowledge

·         Be aware of what you put on social media. Information can disclose your location to the wrong individuals

·         A great way to discourage intruders is to make them think you’re not alone

·         Always have some means of personal self-defense. There are individuals that specialize in the instruction ofwomen’s self-defense.

·         Always lock your doors when you’re home, especially if you’re alone.

·         Be aware of your environment at all times, especially at night or when alone.

·         Always have your keys at hand when entering your car or your residence, especially if you’re alone.

·         Don’t make your home easily accessible for prowlers by leaving chairs, ladders, or any object that can be used asa tool to jump on or hop over into your residence.

·         Always do whatever you need to make yourself safe and secure. No one should ever be a victim of any crime

The Crime Prevention Unit also provides House Assessments upon request that can assist in ensuring that your home is not an easy target for crime. Officer Chesterfield of the Crime Prevention Unit can be reached at 340-998-0314.

If you have any information regarding these incidents please contact the Department at 340-774-2211 or the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-714-9807. You can also remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477 or dial 911.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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