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Sep 4, 2006

Crimestoppers looks to re-enactments for success

Story PictureCrimestoppers has become a household name, thanks in part to a massive media campaign. But this month the organisation is altering its approach to solicit information about crimes from the public. News Five’s Kendra Griffith reports.

Lauren Reardon-Smith, Fmr. Chair, Crimestoppers Belize
?Crime Stoppers will be producing and airing re-enactments of unsolved crimes each month on the local media stations. In doing so, Crimestoppers continues to take a proactive role in the fight against crime.?

Kendra Griffith, Reporting
The first of those videos was launched this morning. It features the brutal 2004 stabbing of twenty-five year old Keisha Gordon, who was killed in an alley off Princess Margaret Drive.

Insp. Alden Dawson, Deputy Commander, C.I.B.
?Since then, the police has been investigating that crime and unfortunately no one has been arrested since. We are asking through the programme and every other programme the public?s support in assisting us in solving this crime.?

?a plea echoed by Gordon?s family.

Olga Gordon, Keisha?s Aunt
?The little boy, he will be six years old December. He asks so much questions about his mother: why she was killed? Was she a bad mother that she had to get killed? Why they killed her? Who killed her? Have the police found the killer? Only six year old, but he asks so much questions and it pains your heart, sometimes we cannot answer.?

Elsiemae Gordon, Keisha?s Mother
?I?d really want something work out, because I hurt right now. So I would really want whosoever do it just try give up themselves because right now I noh feel good. I just want help, I need help. I need the person who do it to show up and just give themselves to the police.?

Chris Garcia, Chief Operating Officer, Crime Stoppers Belize
?We are hoping that the fruits of our labour do not go unfulfilled. We are hoping that we will see success, that the public will get sensitized to the fact that this is something we are starting to do, will continue to do and it can only be successful if the community gets involved and come forward and help us with this initiative.?

According to Chairman Alberto Young, the organization?s record over the last three years has been bolstered by a close working relationship with various sectors in society.

Alberto Young, Chairman, Crime Stoppers Belize
?Our success to date has stemmed from the close relations we have built with police, media and most importantly the community. Our link with Crimesoppers International continues to bring support to the programme, the Miami-Dade call centre, which handles anonymous calls from Belize continues to be a key component in this programme.?

Among its accomplishments, Crime Stoppers lists the arrest of persons for the murder of Russian National Alexei Goloubev in January of this year and the July 2005 death Antonio Almendarez in San Pedro.

Alberto Young
?To date we have received two hundred and forty-four tips, and that?s at June thirtieth 2006. Total successful tips leading to an arrested or charge, twenty; and still under investigation at the end of June thirtieth of this year, twelve. Over the next year this board?s aim is to be more visible in the districts, continue to educate citizens on the importance of the programme and how it works to assist in solving crimes. Establish a chapter in each district to achieve our outreach programme and of great significance will be our unsolved crime re-enactment videos, as our aim is to highlight our unsolved crimes and encourage more eyewitness participation.?

Crime Stoppers has also launched its website, www.crimestoppersbelize.com, where visitors can learn more about the programme, find out about solved and unsolved crimes, and pledge their financial support.

Kendra Griffith reporting for News Five.

The monthly re-enactments will broadcast on Channel Five.


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