Posted By: Shyboy
Deleted Threads - 06/18/16 11:29 PM
On another thread there were a couple of member complaints about deleted threads. This forum is invaluable to so many of us. The information, news, topics, general conversation are so helpful in trying to keep tabs from afar. MOST of us realize the HUGE thankless task it is to moderate and monitor a forum.
Censorship? I don't believe, for a moment, that crime is a "forbidden" topic. There have been too many threads about break ins robberies and murders for that theory to hold ANY water. Heck, within the last 30 days there was the surveillance photo of the thief in the Los Encantos area.
I am guessing that the reason that the posts in question were deleted had nothing to do with the factual report. As an example: if I report a break in at my unit and then go on to complain that the managers and owners of ABCDEFG Condominiums are crooks, and a bunch of ###**** and that the owner's brother Harry was probably the thief, the post would be "gone in 60 seconds"..
The idea of having a sub section for reports of thefts and stolen items is fine;: there are better ways to propose the idea.
I'll end this post with a BIG thank you Marty.
Posted By: Noelle
Re: Deleted Threads - 06/19/16 02:37 AM
Moderating is a thankless task. But I'll add mine as well: thanks Marty!
Posted By: Safecracker
Re: Deleted Threads - 06/19/16 06:47 AM
Shyboy, ironic that you should mention the surveillance photograph thread, as that is the very one that was removed.
I went to make a follow up post and it was gone.
The information I would have followed up with is as follows.
5 nights later the same person was caught on video at a property north of mine. Better video this time and the person was positively identified by name.
That person was later arrested, kept in custody for 48 hours and released with out charge.
The Police Report that I eventually received stated that the person arrested was 'unfit' to be charged.
So this person who is identifiable by name and on camera in two burglaries is unfit to be charged.
In the past months there have been 6 burglaries and 1 attempted burglary in the area 5 miles north. In all 6 cases the burglaries occurred at night whilst people were in the property. In 4 of the cases the burglar went into the room where persons were sleeping.
I think it is a reasonable to suggest that the same person might be responsible. That person is known, by name, and may even be able to be tied to the other burglaries with fingerprint and foot print evidence.
Two of these burglaries occurred 10 days prior to my burglary, had I known, I would have taken measures that would have prevented and may even have captured the burglar.
The Police refused to attend my burglary at 3.10 am even though the disturbed intruder had just made off with property. This was a surprise to me
and, in my opinion, a massive failing by the police department along with failing to charge the person responsible for 2 burglaries.
Nothing I am saying here is untrue, it is all factually correct. Whilst I accept that suggesting a section for crime may have been proposed in a better way, I am genuinely concerned that people see it as 'a hot potato' and would rather not deal with it.
My feeling is that people are better knowing this information than not knowing, it exposes real risks and threats that exist within our environment.
If we are aware we can take steps to prevent it.
Posted By: Shyboy
Re: Deleted Threads - 06/19/16 12:46 PM
Ok, now we can make some progress. I have no problem going up the chain of command. I will be on the island for a few days on the 25th. If you live on the island, how about sending me a PM.. If you can get the info on the person who heads up the police department and that person's email address and phone #, I will contact them in advance and try to set up a meeting with you and the specific information including dates and specifics.
Let's find out what is really going on and ( nicely) threaten further action if we can't get straight answers. How about it? That won't work if you are not there... I am arriving on the 25th and leaving on the 29th: just a quick business trip.
Posted By: Marty
Re: Deleted Threads - 06/19/16 01:10 PM
Thanks for the kind words....
Those posts were not deleted. they were moved to Neighborhood Watch section …. which is pretty much the kind of section you are talking about having...
Posted By: Katie Valk
Re: Deleted Threads - 06/19/16 01:23 PM
Censorship? Marty posts Belize news every day, using many sources.
Posted By: Safecracker
Re: Deleted Threads - 06/19/16 06:52 PM
Marty, at least I know what is happening to the messages now, thank you.
Shyboy PM sent.