Persons who have been victims of a recent incident, where a group of young men has been recording prank videos in which they stage fake robberies at ATMs and outside of banks in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew, are being urged by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to make a formal report to the Half-Way Tree police.
In a statement on Sunday (March 12), the JCF said the recent videos, which have been making the rounds on social media, were brought to the police’s attention and the police have made note of the traumatic effects of these pranks on members of the public.
“We are urging anyone who may have been a victim of these pranksters, whether captured in these viral videos or not, to come forward and make a formal report to the Half-Way Tree police,” the JCF said.
The JCF also noted that detectives from St Andrew Central have already commenced investigations into the incident and assured the public that their safety and security will be of utmost priority.
The police are also cautioning persons who may be considering engaging in these pranks to refrain from doing so.
“These pranks are not only irresponsible and insensitive, but they also have severe physical, psychological, social, civil and criminal implications,” said the JCF.
“Such pranks have the potential to escalate into dangerous situations and cause physical harm to innocent individuals, which is not a laughing matter.”