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Police Anti-Crime Christmas Campaign offers escort services for businesses

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The police department has ramped up an anti-crime campaign to coincide with the increased commerce associated with Christmas shopping.  Deputy Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, who is also the Commander of Operations for the Police Department says that the operation started on the first of December. However, the operation is quite new as the police department is offering free escorts to businesses who need to move large sums of cash to the Banks in Belize City.

DCP Chester Williams: I want to call upon those persons who will be busy out there doing there own personal shopping to also do what they can to be able to ensure their own personal security and that includes: try and not to move around with a large sum of money, do not go to the ATM and walk out of the ATM with you cash in your hand counting, if you go the ATM make sure the door is locked behind you that if someone comes they will have to have a card to be able to come in, try not to move around with valuables on you like chains, bracelets or these sort of things that will attract thieves to you, try to move around in groups of more than one, do not park your vehicle in dark areas far away from you where you will have to walk through a dark area to get your vehicle because again the potential do exist for persons who want to rob you to go and wait for you in the dark area and in terms of the merchants we try to encourage them to do as much deposits in the day as they can to try to minimize the amount of cash they keep inside of the store and I can say that through Mr. Mariano, Mr. Gillett and Mr. Moody are offering free escort for shop holders who want to go to the bank and deposit money, so if you have a large sum of cash that you want to take to the bank and you know that that you don’t trust going to the bank come to Raccoon St. Police station and we will provide and escort for you to be able to take your money to the bank safely and we prefer to do this than for you to be robbed and then we try to investigate so these are services that we are trying to offer to the public to ensure that they remain with some semblance of peace and calm during the course of the Christmas Holiday. In times like these we must be able to get ourselves together and provide the level of security that the public expects from us. We know that no matter what we do we cannot prevent all crime from occurring but we try as best as we can to be able to minimize the occurrences of crime and so officers are working these extraneous hours but thankfully the Government does provide for it so the extra hours the officers are working they are being paid special duty rate and hopefully by the end of January and February they receive exteneous pay which is normally a handsome amount of money, not as handsome as me but you know.”

Jose Sanchez: “This service for business, it is something you have done before?”

DCP Chester Williams: “No it is the first time we are offering it this year.”

Jose Sanchez: “Is there somewhere the business people can contact for it?

DCP Chester Williams: “They can contact Mr. Gillett, Mr. Moody or Mr. Mariano.
and Mr. Moody we are offering free escort for shopholders who want to go to the bank and deposit money so if you have a large sum of cash that you want to take to the bank and you know that that you don’t trust going to the bank come to Raccoon St. Police station and we will provide and escort for you to be able to take your money to the bank safely and we prefer to do this to prevent you being robbed than for you to be robbed and then we try to investigate so these are services that we are trying to offer to the public to ensure that they remain with some semblance of peace and calm during the course of the Christmas Holiday. In times like these we must be able to get ourselves together and provide the level of security that the public do expect from us. We know that no matter what we do we cannot prevent all crime from occurring but we try as best as we can to be able to minimize the occurrences of crime and so officers are working these extraneous but thankfully the Government does provide for it so the extra hours the officers are working they are being paid special duty rate and hopefully by the end of January and February they receive exteneous pay which is normally a handsome amount of money, not as handsome as me but you know.”

Jose Sanchez: This service for business, it is something you have done before?

DCP Chester Williams: “No it is the first time we are offering it this year.”

Jose Sanchez: “Is there somewhere the business people can contact for it?”

DCP Chester Williams: “They can contact Mr. Gillett, Mr. Moody or Mr. Mariano.”

The anti-crime measure ends on January third, however, Williams says it could be extended to the fifteenth if needed.

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