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Town Council Strategies Against Crime

Posted By: Marty

Town Council Strategies Against Crime - 07/20/15 05:35 PM

The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) has come up with several strategies to continue fighting crime. These initiatives include the installation of heavy duty surveillance cameras in strategic points of the island, along with installation of precincts and checkpoints throughout the island. It is expected that these security implementations will make la Isla Bonita as safe as possible for visitors and residents.

Mayor Daniel Guerrero strongly believes that these plans will help prevent crime incidents on the island. “One of my goals that I want to reach by the end of my term is to have a total police force of a 100, so in that way we will have more of their presence on the island. At the same time, we need to control access to the island via water, for example, from Cayo Romero, and also control under the Boca del Rio bridge at night where there will be a checkpoint searching everyone who passes, for drugs, weapons and anything illegal,” said Guerrero.

The security agenda also includes the installation substations or precincts on different parts of the island. “We will bring about these developments one at a time. The first phase of all these projects will be the construction of the four substations or precincts for the police. We’ve had some delays, but we expect to begin works on the precincts on Monday July 13th and in three months we should finish the construction of the substations,” said Guerrero. These substations will be equipped with communication equipment, electricity, bathrooms, and internet so police can effectively respond to any call for assistance. They will be located in San Pedrito, San Juan, DFC, and San Mateo.

Presently, the Coast Guard has started work on the construction for an outpost for the Belize Defense Force (BDF) several miles north of San Pedro. This post will host at all times around twenty military personnel who will work jointly with the Coast Guard in Northern Ambergris Caye. According to Guerrero, this will eliminate the need to bring the Gang Suppression Unit Personnel to the island when extra law enforcement is required. “We don’t want to have GSU all the time, but they really respond when we call them. But we trust that with these developments with the Coast Guard, outposts up north and with the addition of the precincts we should have more than enough resources to have full control of the main areas of the island that have been affected by the previous crime incidents, and therefore provide more stability to everyone on the island,” Guerrero explained. Currently Coast Guard personnel have camps at undisclosed locations on northern Ambergris Caye.

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Posted By: PDS

Re: Town Council Strategies Against Crime - 07/20/15 06:24 PM

"the Coast Guard has started work on the construction for an outpost for the Belize Defense Force (BDF) several miles north of San Pedro"

Is anybody know where? At least west or east?
Posted By: ScubaLdy

Re: Town Council Strategies Against Crime - 07/20/15 07:35 PM

The mayor told me they were going to move the substation that North Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch built a number of years ago. Move it over to the paved road. I do not see a mention of that in this press release.
Posted By: PDS

Re: Town Council Strategies Against Crime - 07/20/15 08:12 PM

Thanks Harriette. BTW do you still have Bougainvillea?
Posted By: ScubaLdy

Re: Town Council Strategies Against Crime - 07/21/15 04:00 AM

Yes I do - and a lot of other new stuff too.
Posted By: reaper

Re: Town Council Strategies Against Crime - 07/21/15 07:00 PM

I hope the Mayor and Town Council recognize the needs of the island's youth. Better schools, better after school recreational activities and job training for the SCUBA, hotel and restaurant industry would improve island life for everyone. IMHO
Posted By: Diane Campbell

Re: Town Council Strategies Against Crime - 07/21/15 08:21 PM

Some parenting programs would help too. We have a couple of generations of people still blindsided by rapid change and unaware of how to cope with the results.
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