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Oct 16, 2019

Crime Up in Cow Pen; Village Needs More Street Lights

Victor Juarez

In the south, retired rural development officer Santiago Pop was also murdered over the weekend. The fifty-eight-year-old was chopped to death inside his house sometime between Friday and early Saturday morning. His body was discovered inside his house in Cow Pen Village around six-thirty on Sunday evening. When we spoke with Village Chairman Victor Juarez, he told us that for the past month there have been several crimes committed in the village but the Pop murder has left the community shaken. He says that the escalation in criminal activities is concerning. One of the issues that are repeatedly brought up by villagers is the lack of street lights in the village. According to Chairman Juarez, only about twenty-percent of the village has street lights and the many of the crimes that are being committed are on streets that are poorly lit or that have no light at all.


Victor Juarez, Chairman San Juan/Cow Pen

“Villagers are very concerned. Over the past months, there have been several incidents that can be classified as criminal incidents, including thefts, breaking into houses and others that are a little bit more serious to be mentioned. What their concern is that they are worried that out of one month the village is changing its peaceful status into that of a concerning area where the incidence of crime seems to be just escalating rampantly, out of control and they are really concerned about what is the way forward. We have been in touch with B.E.L in how we can improve our public lighting in the village. Representatives from B.E.L have shared their willingness to work along with us. I have been around to try and gather the numbers on the silver plates on the light posts, where we as community members or village leaders would like to solicit the assistance of BEL to provide us with some more street lamps to increase the lighting during the night. Out of that experience, I would be confident enough to say that the lighting facilities in the area would be twenty percent or less. So, we do really think that increasing our lighting facility within the community can certainly be a starting point, it can’t really solve the situations completely but it can increase the level of confidence and it can reduce the incidence of crime in our community.”

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