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Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

The People’s Coalition of Cayo (PCC) held its monthly meeting on September 11, 2013 at the San Ignacio Police Station. This is the last meeting of the PCC, before its soon to be announced Annual General Meeting. Present for the meeting on Wednesday was the PCC’s Chairman Albert Moore and Officer in Charge of San Ignacio Police Formation, Ralf Moody.

The PCC is composed of citizens concerned about crime and works in close consultation with the Police. In the past, the PCC has been instrumental in lobbying for an evidence room for San Ignacio Police.

Superintendent Ralf Moody took the opportunity to give a report on the crime situation within the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Towns and surrounding areas; focusing on the one year period that he has been in charge.

From a comparison of major crimes from September 2010 to August 2013, the rates of robberies, ‘handling stolen goods’ and aggravated burglary have shown a steady decrease but their continue to be some problems that need to be addressed. The number of attempted murders showed a slow increase from 2010 to 2011, but the number of such cases rose noticeably to 18 from September 2012 to August 2013. Officer in Charge, Ralf Moody, reported to the PCC that some of these attempted murder cases were alcohol related. As a result the PCC members discussed at length the process by which liquor licenses are issued.

While San Ignacio Police has made great strides in reducing crime, in some areas they are doing so with a lack of man power. Under ideal conditions, San Ignacio Police would like to see more boots on the ground, with at least four police officers on patrol at any given time. With more manpower, the Police will be able to place more check-points; where persons of questionable character and illegal goods can be intercepted.

“If we can get the manpower we can put in checkpoints...we have in-transit criminals, if we have more check points we can intercept them,” said Ralf Moody.

“We have a 37% reduction [in crime] strategy for next year is to reduce [crime] to another 20 to 30%,” he also said.

Moody also reported that the Cayo District has also seen an increase in the number of cattle thefts. Veterinarian Dr. Migulel DePaz says that the success of his ‘cattle sweep’ under the Belize National Sanitary Cattle Plan Project (BNSCPP) has resulted in the price of beef going up. BNSCPP continues to test cattle in the Central Region of the Country for Bovine Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis (these two diseases can affect both cattle and humans) and with all results continuing to come back negative there is now an “informal” trade of cattle.

Residents living under San Ignacio Police’s Areas of responsibility continue to be impacted by burglary and theft. There were 104 cases of burglary and 106 cases of theft from September 2012 to August 2013; a reduction of burglary cases from 178 during September 2011 to August 2012. Officer in Charge, Ralf Moody, says that the community needs to be educated on how to secure their property.
Members of the PCC applauded Ralf Moody last week for bringing down the general crime rates. It is hoped that with the addition soon of one vehicle to the Criminal Investigation Branch and another to the Community Policing Unit-- bringing the fleet of vehicles to seven now there will be a further reduction in crime.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 September 2013 09:10