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Dec 4, 2018

Crime Stats: Major Crimes Up, but not in South Side Belize City

Today at its Training Academy in Belmopan, the top brass of the Police Department gathered to look at criminal activities in the country, from a national standpoint. According to records, the murder count crept up for the first part of this year and it is dangerously close to 2017’s murder count of one hundred and forty-two. Today, we asked Acting Commissioner of Police Chester Williams to give us an update on the stats on major crimes ahead of the official release. Williams says while Belize District will undoubtedly top the charts, south side Belize City is registering a decrease in criminal activity compared to the rest of the Eastern Division jurisdiction.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Acting ComPol

“While I am not going to give you the figures. I will tell you that most of the regions are down. The region that will see the highest increase will be Belize District. And in the past, the increase in Belize District was attributed to south side. But I will tell you that south side is the only division in Eastern Division region that has a significant reduction and that goes to show the effectiveness of our operations on the south side. The rural and San Pedro are attributing to the increase in the Belize District and so we certainly have to look at what can be done to allay those concerns within region two and region three. We know it is not easy; sometimes it requires us to having to play with the figures and see where we can put most of our resources.”

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