On September 14, the body of 19-year-old Adamir Choc was found on the outskirts of Belmopan. Shortly after two teenage boys were gunned down a stone’s throw away from their home. The hideous crimes sent shock-waves through the capital. Thereafter, Belmopan City Council and the Commissioner of Police Chester
Khalid Belisle, Mayor of Belmopan: “One of the steps that we’re going to take as it relates to alcohol and alcohol consumption and the effects that that is having on some of the incidents that have taken place is that for the coming liquor license period which is 2020 we’re going to look very closely at the conditions that should be met for these establishments to retain their license and attack that particular issue from that angle. One of the issues that we find quite prevalent is the issue of the walkway robberies, where we have a famous walkway network around Belmopan and we find that the criminals are taking the opportunities at certain points of these walkways that are not well lit, particularly in the evening time to perpetrate these petty crimes and so we’re working on better lighting, that is something that we want to work closer with the business community, the police but also just the wider community on a whole in terms of improving that particular situation and just trying to reach out like I mentioned earlier to the youth in the peripheral neighborhoods of Belmopan who are more susceptible at this time to the infiltration of the Central American gangs, ensuring that we provide outlets for them to be able to burn those energies and invest that time as opposed to falling prey to gang recruitment and what that will eventually lead to which we unfortunately saw unfold in the San Martin area a couple weeks ago.”
Mayor Belisle added that the council is partnering with the business community to create more jobs since unemployment has been proven to be linked to crime.