Status of Crime in the West of Belize Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

L-r Ernie Braun hands over flashlights to Officer in Charge of San Ignacio Police, Ralf MoodyThe San Ignacio Police Formation recently released comparative statistics on the rate of crimes during a span of three years. These figures just released shows that the full synchronization of police work along with Cayo’s community groups is bringing fruitful results.

While the amount of cannabis seized in the Twin Towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena and surrounds during the September 2010 to August 2011 was only 13,866.5 grams this amount went up to 140,993.69 grams from September 2012 to August 2013. During the period from September 2012 to August 2013, some 6.8 grams of cocaine was also taken from the streets. The statistics released by San Ignacio Police also show that during the period of September 2012 to August 2013 the community was rendered safe with the retrieval of 142 pieces of ammunition. The number of firearms that were neutralized from September 2010 to August 2011 was 15, from September 2011 to 2012 it was 13 and from September 2012 to 2013 it was 15.

Most noteworthy; major crimes such as robbery, burglary and aggravated burglary in the San Ignacio & Santa Elena Areas and vicinity showed a remarkable decrease from September 2010 to August 2013. Robberies for the period September 2010 to August 2011 was 83 and by September 2012 to August 2013 it had gone down to only 19. The same is reflected by the cases of aggravated burglaries; during the period from September 2010 to August 2011 it was 22 and from September 2012 to August 2013 only 3 cases had been registered.

There was a recent spike in burglaries in the Twin Towns but that was due to the release of some prisoners from the Hattieville Central Prison. Those prisoners are now safely behind bars says a high ranking Police Officer.

Crime prevention brings with it continuous work and the citizens of Western Belize have been at the forefront lobbying for more tools to make the communities safe and livable. It is no coincidence then that the Cayo Neighborhood Watch Association (CNWA), which works closely with San Ignacio Police, has also released its third quarterly report. From a grant of US$114,871.00 that CNWA has received under a security program at the United States Embassy, the community grouping is yet to spend US $22,744.55 in crime prevention tools.

Ernie Braun, the Vice President of CNWA, recently handed over some high intensity beam flashlights funded by the U.S Embassy to Officer in Charge of the San Ignacio Police Formation Superintendent Ralf Moody.

CNWA now sustains some 20 neighborhood watch committees in the Cayo Area. Some 100 signs informing potential criminals that neighborhood watch activities exist have been erected by CNWA in the Twin Towns.

While the number of Community Police Officers have been surprisingly reduced from four to two, CNWA members have offered to volunteer time to assist in the essential community meetings. The good news is that the Community Policing Program at the San Ignacio Police Station will now have a new building dedicated to the community policing efforts.

One of  CNWA’s Committees, the Zone Ten Neighborhood Watch Committee, has been active in the past in raising funds to keep the community safe and is about to launch another one of such drives. The Zone Ten Group and the Jaguar Scouts is now inviting everyone to a series of events, which will be held on September 15, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM at the newly renovated Santa Elena Basketball Court in Santa Elena Town, Cayo District. There will be sports such as football and basketball and food and drinks will be on sale at this special event. At the conclusion of Zone Ten day, there will be a school talent show and karaoke.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 14:02