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Crime stats indicate that for over a year, there has been no major crime reported on the island of Caye Caulker. But on neighbouring Ambergris Caye, San Pedro Town is reporting criminal activity over the last few days. Within forty-eight hours, two persons were injured in separate shooting incidents in the San Mateo and DFC areas of the island town. It is concerning, to say the least, and ComPol Chester Williams told News Five today that he has been in contact with the Coastal Executive Officer Superintendent Christopher Noble as they get down to the bottom of these crimes.

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

"We have seen a significant decrease in criminal activities coming out of San Pedro and that is attributed to the good work of the police. And yes now I can say that over the past few days, we have seen a couple of shootings and myself and Mister Noble have been in direct communication trying to find ways to address those issues.� We did find out that the players in at least one incident are from the mainland and so we are looking at what can be done. I know we have certain things planned - I am not going to divulge to the public at this time - but Mister Vidal is in the picture with Mister Noble and I want to assure the people of San Pedro that the police department is going to do what we need to do to ensure that there is that semblance of peace on the island. We do understand the fragile nature of the tourism industry, especially now where we are trying to rebound, having suffered the effects of COVID-19, the last thing tourists would want to hear is we are going to a place where crime is on the increase. And so in order to ensure that we continue to make the island and the country attractive for tourists, we need to make sure that the safety of the people and the safety on the island of Ambergris Caye is at the best."

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Arrests expected soon for San Pedro's recent shootings

San Pedro Police continue their investigations into two separate shootings on Saturday, July 10th, and Monday, the 12th. The Honourable Kareem Musa, the minister in charge of police, is optimistic and, during an interview with The San Pedro Sun, said arrests are expected to take place soon.

Musa visited the island on Wednesday, July 14th, as part of his national tour of the different police formations across the country. He stated that violent crimes in San Pedro have been reduced for quite some time and attributes it to the work the island police formation has done. "Occasionally, we will have incidents of crime as San Pedro is not immune to it. When the economy goes down, crime goes up, but as the Minister of Police, I feel proud to see that in our tourism destination, which makes a huge part of our economy, we are keeping crime down," said Musa. Following the recent shootings, people were detained for questioning, but no charges have been levied so far. The Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, indicated that San Pedro would receive additional reinforcement. The additional resources will assist the island team in speeding up their investigations and get to the culprits soon.

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