The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) has launched a new initiative dubbed “Preserve and Protect” which aims to garner the public’s support in helping to preserve crime scenes.
As part of the initiative, one thousand bookmarks will be distributed to citizens across the island, which contain ten tips on how to avoid contaminating crime scenes.
These tips include: leaving burglary scenes undisturbed and avoid showering in cases of sexual assault, among others.
This initiative will help to educate citizens through these bookmarks, so that they can make the right decisions, if they experience or witness any of these crimes.
It was emphasised at the launch that it is important to preserve crime scenes, to avoid contamination of forensic evidence.
Crime increased by nine percent in the first six months of the year, according to statistics released Friday by the RSLPF.
While the detection rate has increased from 52 percent last year to 56 percent this year, there is still need for improvements.