Increase in Rural Violent Crimes Raises Concerns: Law Enforcement Acknowledges Challenges

Increase in Rural Violent Crimes Raises Concerns: Law Enforcement Acknowledges Challenges

Law enforcement has noticed an increase in violent crimes in rural communities. Over the weekend, there were three murders in rural communities, one of which was the third homicide in the rural Belize District in recent weeks. Yesterday, the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, weighed in on the rise and noted that several of the murders were not preventable by the police. 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Yeah it’s very disturbing I must say. We’re trying our best to contain the city because we know the city would normally account for at least 60-70% of the country’s annual murder count and now we’re seeing that the rural areas are hitting us in such a way that we certainly would have to look to see what we can do to address it. But again you would agree being a person in the media that these murders we’re seeing occuring are not the conventional type that the police would be able to prevent, we’re seeing friends killing friends. The case in Biscayne these are persons who are basically from the same household they were consuming alcohol in their home and then something went wrong. The one in Corozal again persons who worked together went to drink and something happens and then we saw the one in Santa Cruz over the weekend again these are persons who were hanging out. So it’s not the typical one, we’re seeing alcohol is becoming a problem again where many of the murders being committed now are as a result of the consumption of alcohol. How do we stop that ? I don’t know because we cannot tell people they cannot drink at home, we cannot tell people they cannot go to a bar or a nightclub and drink we cannot do that so it’s a matter of the society on a whole understanding that while it is good to go out and have fun or you go out and drink that we must compose ourselves in such a way that we don’t cause injury to ourselves or others. So it’s a societal issue that we must try to find a way to address.”

Our records show that there have been seven homicides this year.

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