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Sep 1, 2017

Police Clean Up Belama Phase 1 and 2

Police officers of the Precinct Four of the Belama Police Station, Belize City, were armed with machetes today – but they were not in any face off with a criminal – they were tackling bushy lots and cleaning up the Belama Phase One community. Earlier this week, they started their cleanup campaign in Phase Two where they cleared out two overgrown lots with the help of City Council personnel. We met them on the second day of work where only staff and officers of the police station in Belama were in action. The initiative is to bolster the work of a new neighbourhood watch committee, to reduce the number of burglaries and robberies which have been on the rise in the Belama area. Here’s how Assistant Superintendent Francisco Ack explains it.

 

Francisco Ack

ASP Francisco Ack, O.C., Precinct 4 Belama Police Station

“I saw the need for these cleanup campaigns is because of the burglaries we are affected by. Thieves are gaining access to the houses along the river side by means of river and these thieves are using old fridge and ice box and whatever they can float on with to get over this side to commit crimes. And the bushy lots are a contributing factor to these crimes, because obviously they hide in the high  bushes, dodge the owner of the house when leaving their homes and as soon as they get out of sight then they make their way to the buildings. This side of Belama which is Phase One is also infested with a lot of overgrown lots, abandoned lot and owners cannot be located. So, we decided to take the initiative and let us do something for the community. So, apart from our regular foot patrols, bicycle patrols and motor-cycle patrols, we feel that this is one way to give more to members of the community.  So, that is my objective; that is what I am looking forward to so that neighbours can see each other’s house from a distance because if there is a lot of obstruction we cannot see anything and that is why a lot of times when investigators go out they say they don’t see anything or the cameras not work or if the cameras are available it is because some trees or bushes are blocking the view of the camera. So, we believe this will assist us a great deal.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Sir, are the residents contributing to these cleanup campaigns; are they donating anything like machetes and so on?”

 

ASP Francisco Ack

“Definitely. I opened a community watch group blog for members of the community in this area to post their concern of safety or crimes or anybody seen in the area who is strange, on the blog so that the police can respond to it. So, this morning when my officers report for this cleanup campaign we had no tools to work with, so one of the corporals on the blog post something on the blog that we need some machetes. Lo and behold, Ms. Minerva Pott donated four brand new machetes from Chiney man and a brand new file. So, I am very thankful and appreciative to Ms. Minerva and other more persons on the blog have expressed their interest to donate something towards the cause.”

 

ASP Ack says that they are ready to take on Star Apple Street, another area within his precinct.

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