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CoP Michael Matthews suggests dogs for security @ home

-said businesses often 'shoot themselves in the foot' by having faulty security cameras or not turning them on
A German Shepherd. Commissioner of Police Micheal Matthews has suggested persons have dogs as line of security against burglars. Photo: OMG-Facts
Commissioner of Police (CoP) Michael ‘Mick’ Matthews has also suggested the use of motion detectors, security cameras, and alarm systems for protection against burglary. Photo: VINO/File
Commissioner of Police (CoP) Michael ‘Mick’ Matthews has also suggested the use of motion detectors, security cameras, and alarm systems for protection against burglary. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Taking into consideration the need for increased security at one’s home against burglars, Commissioner of Police (CoP) Michael ‘Mick’ Matthews has suggested the use of dogs at homes, in addition to other modes, including motion detectors, security cameras, and alarm systems.

Mr Matthews was at the time appearing as a guest on Shaina M. Smith’s television programme ‘Vigilate Dialogues’ aired over the Christmas season.

“I personally own a large German Shepard dog. Not everybody loves dogs and wants them in their house but you know a dog can give you the indication that somebody is around,” said Matthews in his conversation with Ms Smith.

As for business establishments, while suggesting a number of possible devises, CoP Matthews said a number of businesses operate with faulty security systems, and sometimes keep them turned off, which he described as “shooting themselves in the foot”.

He spoke extensively on the issues of various levels of crimes perpetuating in the VI while noting that here is a very safe jurisdiction and the level of crimes is far below that of other Caribbean countries, yet not acceptable.

Guns to match gunners

“There are people out there who know where the guns are, there are people out there who know who the offenders are and in fact let me give you the most shocking example that I can give is quite recently we had somebody who witnessed a robbery take place and didn’t ring it in until after the offenders had driven off and were long gone, absolutely no use to the police service whatsoever.”  

Over the Christmas season, Matthews said, while increasing the number of police officers in the streets he ensured that they were armed as well in a move to put a robust response to persons who were bold enough to arm themselves to engage in gun crimes.

“I don’t want to ever think we are going to get to a situation where we have shoot outs in the streets, but the point being is that we have the capability to address those levels of crimes should people continue to behave in that way.”

VI cowards?

Commissioner Matthews also said it is his observation that there is a reluctance of persons in the Virgin Islands (UK) to come forward with information about crime/s at the level of reporting evidence to the police, giving evidence in the courts of law and in some cases even reporting crimes committed against themselves. “And that concerns me because it is something different to the jurisdictions I have been to before,” said Matthews.

Trying to sniffle out the root cause for this, Matthews questioned if this is because of mistrust in the police service, fear that they are going to be exposed as a witness and potentially put in danger as a result or a lack of confidence in the criminal system of the VI. “Since being in this territory I have been saying to people that we need to come forward with information, the police service can’t solve society’s crimes on its own.”

Traffic violations

The issue of traffic offenses was one of several concerns persons had raised, which he said led him to run a traffic violation campaign during July – August 2016. In July, the strategy was to holding persons for amnesty and warning some while in August a zero tolerance approach was taken.

“Sadly, we see an increase in traffic offenders and traffic tickets being given out. But you know you can’t prosecute problems away you have to educate as well,” said Commissioner Matthews.

33 Responses to “CoP Michael Matthews suggests dogs for security @ home”

  • crazy (04/01/2017, 09:40) Like (10) Dislike (16) Reply
    This man needs to STFU from talking nonsense!!!!
  • Afu (04/01/2017, 10:02) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Wise choice! Dogs are the UNIVERSAL ANSWER here in Virgin Gorda. Thinking of sneaking onto unfenced property here in The Valley, these strays here may be stray dogs, but you best not mess around at dark here. They are patrolling the streets here at night.
  • It doesn't matter (04/01/2017, 10:09) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
    What one gets your security is still not sure, they will poison your dogs , they will disarm your devices its cameras and alarms,etc.If they know that you have a gun/weapon they know what to do. No weapon form against us shall prosper the best way to protect us is to put on the whole armour of God so that we can stand against all evil coming at us that doesn't mean one must stay dumb and mute about any situation but just don't fight evil with evil.
    • SMH (04/01/2017, 14:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      any security expert worth his salt will tell you to use a layered defense, which means multiple options, whether it is dogs or electronic alarms etc in
  • voter (04/01/2017, 10:10) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    he is fast losing me trying to justify he has failed us
  • trouble (04/01/2017, 10:24) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is this what it comes to now? Most yards don't have proper fences to keep bad dogs. I fear their will be too many incidents on negligent dog owners. Fear for you or children being attack on the road. Try going walking one early morning and you see what I talking about.
  • cay (04/01/2017, 10:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    More talk while goes up
  • Really? (04/01/2017, 10:28) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Perhaps Mr. Matthews is not aware of the local custom to poison dogs when they vex people.
  • momoo (04/01/2017, 10:33) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    why this man jus go please....mathew are u paying for the dog
  • Hmmm (04/01/2017, 11:05) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Unfortunately persons are very careless with their animals.
  • HAHA (04/01/2017, 11:16) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    and when they shoot the dog now , what going happen
  • 100 (04/01/2017, 11:19) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    When you’re so far removed from the common man u make those kind of statements.
    Michael Matthews do you live in a 1 or 2 bedroom APARTMENT? Does your landlord allow pets?
    Do you have to go home a clean up after your dog everyday as opposed to owing a gun that does not required feeding, walking, bathing and picking up poop
    • @100 (04/01/2017, 14:50) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      you people have it way wrong. A well cared for dog can alert you of an approaching intruder from miles away. you can better prepare for the intruder. Something as small as a Chihuahua would ring the alarm.
      • Exactly (04/01/2017, 21:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        I have pitbull and he always alert me when someone is in the area even before I see or hear the person. I trained him to not eat from anyone but me. Once I was away for a few days and I ask my father to feed the dog, the dog did not eat the food from my father. He is a good watch dog.
      • 100 (05/01/2017, 09:22) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        Wrong? I take it u live in a HOUSE right?.. what about US apartment renters with NO PETS clause in the rent agreement?
        The BVI government need to look into that.
  • NICK (04/01/2017, 11:38) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    few years ago,several dogs got poisoned on haverst hill.the week after,a bunch of break in happen in the same hill.
  • musa (04/01/2017, 11:42) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    we have dogs long before u come tell us some thing new
  • foxy (04/01/2017, 12:32) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Get a dog why dont he get a flight back?
  • Awareness (04/01/2017, 12:37) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    What we need is more police patrol!!!!!!
    Also some landlords don't want pets
  • force (04/01/2017, 14:15) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    The UK mentality is what a lot of the problems are such as the term POLICE SERVICE when it really should be POLICE FORCE. Far to much energy goes into the rights of the criminals NOT the victims. The Commissioner is obviously unaware of the culture of cruelty to animals here , is he not aware of dog fighting on many parts of Tortola. Why have the police not enforce the law regarding it, its not rocket science to find out who and where its taking place. Recommending dogs is probably a death sentence for the dogs.
  • I have two (04/01/2017, 14:31) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have two Rotwilers and they are vicious. The only person they eat from is my husband. People have tried to throw food over the fence to harm the dogs but, the dogs will not eat the food. I am going to leave the gate unlock so the dogs can attack the person who is trying to harm them.

  • Eagle Eye (04/01/2017, 16:07) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Dogs are another expense. Just put it in law that anyone kill a robber with a gun will not serve any jail time.
    • U think? (05/01/2017, 17:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      That "law" would be severely abused as people could be killed elsewhere-taken to whoevers property and a gun planted-what tben?
  • . (04/01/2017, 17:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Equalizer (04/01/2017, 18:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Previously commissioner said this is not america but even canada allow guns for self defense and sporting purposes you all also have that same right america or not. We are west indians weh di bow n arrow then. guns are not as expensive as taking care of dog

  • weed (04/01/2017, 19:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Too many moments of darkness . Where is the government ?
  • WTF (05/01/2017, 07:30) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Mr. Matthews, you need to go back to where you came from. You have no use here. The criminals packing fire power, and you arm the police with the Queen's uniform and badge. Now your best suggestion to fight the criminals is to get a dog. You need to follow the news and see what armed criminals do when they encounter a dog. I will leave that to your imagination. You smart a**.
  • mess (07/01/2017, 15:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He going to pay for these things. Can the people of the BVI could afford this or only the rich..

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