When detective constable Laura Hitchen recently retired from the Humberside Police after serving 27 years, little did she know that she would again be fighting crime 5000 miles away on the tiny island of Barbados as the head of the local chapter of the Community Crime Report initiative.
The Community Crime Report (CCR) was launched in March 2023 as an initiative to boost crime awareness, crime prevention and safety within communities around the world. CCR is an online platform for community members to upload alerts and reports anonymously on Robbery, Assault, Rape, Cyber crime, Murder and other types of all criminal activity in their communities worldwide.
All crime reports and alerts on our platform are instantly shared with the members of all communities, business owners, the media/press and to law enforcement agencies. For more information visit the CCR platform at CommunityCrimeReport.com.
Her interest in joining the team of the CCR initiative came about after a chance encounter with its Founder, Charles Lewis at a bar on the West Coast of Barbados on one of her many visits to the island.
As a regular visitor to Barbados and now a new property investor/owner in the St James area, Ms Hitchen is particularly concerned about the increase in crime and the impact it has on local communities and the tourism economy. This together with her love for the island and her crime fighting instincts have fuelled her interest in joining the CCR team.
Retirement for the police was just an opportunity for Ms.Hitchen to explore other ambitions where she could channel her extensive experience in fighting crime. Joining the team of the CCR platform was an obvious and natural transition.
The announcement of this appointment comes on the heels of the concerns expressed recently in the press/media by the Barbados Commissioner Of Police, Richard Boyce that crime is on the increase.
The management of the CCR initiative is excited to work with Ms. Hitchen, and welcomes the opportunity to learn from her as they strive to boost crime awareness and safety in communities Barbados and the wider Caribbean.