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Nov 9, 2012

Statutory Instrument signed for Crime Ridden Areas

Sections of Belize City are bracing tonight for the joint operations that will take place in designated Crime Ridden Areas. Officers will have no need for warrants for searches. Entire neighborhoods can be cordoned-off and passage in and out of those neighborhoods will be restricted for duration of the searches. The statutory instrument called the Crime Control and Criminal Justice (Special Areas) has been signed by the Acting Minister of National Security Erwin Contreras. While the SI has been published, this afternoon, publication in the gazette of the areas was being rushed. The following areas are declared to be ‘special areas’ in which the provisions of Part Four of the Crime Control and Criminal Justice Act will have effect. Special Area One or Zone One encompasses all that area north of Garbutt Street, west of Giles Street, south of Camberbatch Street and east of MY Street, north of M and M Street and west of Garbutt Street.  Special Area Two encompasses all that area south of Police Street extension, east of the junction of Linda Vista Street and the George Price Highway, and west of Lacroix Boulevard.  Zone Three encompasses Holy Emmanuel Street, west of Lacroix Boulevard, north of Police Street extension and east of Emma Street.  Special Area Four or Zone Four encompasses all that area to include south of Lavender Street, east of Jasmine Street, north of Croton Lane, east of Flamboyant Street and West of Oleander Street.  Special Area Five or Zone Five encompasses all that area north of Poinsetta Street, east of Black Orchid Street, west of Causarina Street and south of Mahogany Street. When it was proposed earlier this week, the business community rallied behind the initiative which is expected to begin in over the weekend and as early as tonight.

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7 Responses for “Statutory Instrument signed for Crime Ridden Areas”

  1. Storm says:

    It’s been a slow start, and I’m sure all the notorious killers have moved elsewhere to wait out the storm. But it’s a start, a new direction, and I hope it gets permanent results soon, and before it is closed down. It’s a big effort, I don’t want it to be wasted.

  2. Changes says:

    So looking forward for the many changes to be made for a better Belize. Taken control of the streets is a must!

  3. Coro-Houston says:

    I am very supportive of reducing crime but very much againts giving up freedom. How do we know the police are not going to abuse power in those areas. Since, they can come into your house anytime they want without any cause. Hey, they may even set you up and plant something in your house to put you on the news. People, once you start giving up your freedom for security, it never stops. Why should everybody suffer because of few. its the same people over and over, don’t change the law, just keep their A$$ in jail when they go there.

  4. AL says:

    Does this mean that the criminals will move their activities to the outer districts and the Capital?

  5. Jose Maria Chavira says:

    God will be watching this “crime search” without warrants very carefully. I believe it with faith.

  6. EvEnInGsTaR says:

    Isn’t this weird or even foolish to announce what you’re going to do? This would have been more successful if it was kept “TOP SECRET!!!!!!!!!” I don’t get it???????????

  7. katara says:

    It’s great what the government has decided to do but think it wasn’t a clever idea to announce before hand which areas that they will be targeting because the leaders of the gangs have already moved their weapons and themselves out the area and have relocated to some where that’s outside the search zone. This is a true statement that I’m writing through the internet. The ones that are locked up or being charged for the crimes are not the ones behind the moves of who will live or die. I do applaud Belize for trying to do something about the crimes, but the government must take one step ahead of these gang leaders and break them down. A suggestion, would be to make sure when they do stop or search these homes that they collect personal documentation on each individual that’s living in the homes and create a database with fingerprints, pictures and real information of the individuals that will be taking in to questioning. This way, if these individuals keep on getting into the hands of the police they can be tracked correctly in the justice system. I do wish Belize well.

  8. Shirain says:

    I am in agreement with what the governement is doing but the only problem I have is will the police abuse there powers??? What happens to the people that are not involve in criminal activities??? I believe the governement should have not said what they were about to do and just did it when the time came because I think those criminals already started to move whatever they were hidding.

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