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Apr 15, 2014

Cayo police prepare for the Easter Holidays

Reymundo Reyes

The Easter weekend is just days away. For some, it is a time of Christian symbolism, for spiritual reflection. For others, it is a time to party…non-stop drinking and revelry. And for others, it is the time of opportunity. With so many residents leaving their homes to travel to the cayes or across the border, it is a time of plenty for thieves. Today News Five was in San Ignacio, and found out that the Police Department has a plan in place for all eventualities. They’re keeping check on the criminal element for the protection of businesses, boosting patrols to keep homes safe and yes…stepping up vigilance to deal with the alcoholic frenzy so popular over Easter.

 

Insp. Reymundo Reyes, Deputy O.C., San Ignacio Police Formation

“What we have done is that we had a meeting with personnel from the Traffic Department, Town Board and from the Transport Department here in Santa Elena. We have agreed to have checkpoints and roving patrols which will include personnel from their offices along with Police Officers to enforce this drinking and driving campaign that is being done countrywide. So people much be aware that for this week you will see the presence of Police Officers along with the Transport Department or the traffic officers with the effort to minimize the consumption of alcohol and people driving within towns and maybe getting themselves into problems or accidents. From the seventh of this month, we commenced with what we call the anti-crime Easter campaign…we increased our patrols in the evenings, and likewise in the day we have Police officers making checks at business establishments to try to avoid robberies and so forth. Our campaign runs up to the twenty-seventh of April, but we are having both mobile patrols, the ATVs and foot patrols within business areas and surrounding villages to avoid and minimize crimes within our areas of responsibility.”

 

Reporter

“For people who are planning to leave their homes, go across the border or wherever this Easter weekend, what advice would you give them in keeping their homes safe?”

 

Insp. Reymundo Reyes

“The advice we have is that one, try to communicate with your neighbours…ask them to be the eye-person for your property or maybe leave somebody, a cousin or another relative at your property, because that is what we have seen…people will use this opportunity because of the vacation to travel…if thieves realize that your home is abandoned, nobody is there, they will take that opportunity to break into your premises, so if you can have somebody…a family neighbour or neighbour check your property every now and then you can avoid burglaries at your property.”

 

Reporter

“Is the Police Department also available in the event, for example, I plan to go away for the weekend…can I call the Police Department and alert them…you know what, I won’t be home this weekend, this is where I live…would you be able to do increased patrols…that sort of thing?”

 

Insp. Reymundo Reyes

“That would be appreciated, so that we can know where we can post our patrols. If we realize that maybe, for example, in the Kontiki Area most persons decide to move and go to another location to spend their vacations, we can emphasize there and increase the patrols within that vicinity and at the same time talk to whoever is there to be an eye for us, so that would really be appreciated.  What we have done is that we had a meeting with personnel from the Traffic Department, Town Board and from the Transport Department here in Santa Elena. We have agreed to have checkpoints and roving patrols which will include personnel from their offices along with Police Officers to enforce this drinking and driving campaign that is being done countrywide. So people much be aware that for this week you will see the presence of Police Officers along with the Transport Department or the traffic officers with the effort to minimize the consumption of alcohol and people driving within towns and maybe getting themselves into problems or accidents.”

 

Where the drinking and driving is concerned, residents should be aware that breathalyzers will be used to measure blood alcohol content. Drivers above the limit will be arrested and their vehicles will be impounded.

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