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Nov 18, 2015

Southside Murders Down Significantly

Chester Williams

The Southside of Belize City, knock on wood, is calm. In fact, we’d go so far as to say that there is unprecedented calm where violent crimes are concerned. Here’s a statistic which may come as a surprise to you…since the beginning of September to present, there have been only two murders reported, and we’re past mid-November. So why the sudden peace in an area where gunfire and bloodshed ruled night and day? Commander of the Eastern Division South Chester Williams told News Five that it’s not just a coincidence, but is the result of good, old-fashioned Police work.

 

Sr. Supt. Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

“I have looked at the statistics going back years, and we have never had a complete month where there was no murder on Southside Belize City until September. And since the two murders which we had in the second week of October, we have not had another murder in Southside Belize City for over a month now. Even though we are waiting to see what the end of November will bring, I am pleased to report to you all that Precinct Two area where we are presently, we have not had a murder for over two months, going to three months. If we close off November without a murder in Precinct Two they will have completed three months without a murder. That is unprecedented. So it is not a matter of mere coincidence but it is attributed to various factors. We have the community policing initiatives. We have the neighbourhood watch groups. We have the interventions done by myself, Ms. Finnegan and Douglas Hyde where we dialogue with the different gang members and see how best we can fix problems among them. Even though we know that there is no permanent fix, what we try to do with them is that if we should get information that certain things are brewing between them, we try to bring them to the table and defuse it before it escalates. I think that has been paying dividends for us even more than the other factors because we believe that if we can defuse the problem, nip it in the bud, then there is no need for us to be out there trying to investigate and trying to find out what may have occurred. So that is one effective way of dealing with the situation.”

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1 Response for “Southside Murders Down Significantly”

  1. robin hood says:

    I remember that there were no murders for the month of August 2013. That year only saw 8 murders in the entire Belize City between the months of July to December.

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