Rural Belize Experiences Surge in Crime, Prompting Concerns and Police Response

Rural Belize Experiences Surge in Crime, Prompting Concerns and Police Response

And while the Hattieville murders have added to the homicide statistics, the Belize Police Department has conceded that crime in rural areas is on the rise.  Just this week, the rural Belize District recorded two murders and one armed robbery. The incidents, while isolated, have increased the concerns of residents, and by extension, the general public.   Love news understands that the police is hoping that additional boots on the ground, along with other crime-fighting techniques.  Minister of Home Affairs, Kareem Musa, spoke on the crime situation, saying that there are challenges being faced in the rural and remote areas. 

Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs: “What it is an indication of is more criminals who are in the rural communities. So it’s not as though we have criminals from urban settings now moving to rural communities to commit crime it is actually home grown individuals from these communities that are committing these crimes and so the police definitely has to make adjustments. We do have a very large geographical area to cover with just 2,300 police officers. We do have another intake that is gonna come out shortly and we do have identified that and which is why we made those adjustments. We actually sent six of the new recruits from the last intake to Hattieville because we recognize Hattieville as a hot spot, we recognize Dangriga and also Roaring Creek as three areas outside of Belize City that are hotspot areas that we need to dedicate more of our resources to. So we have been making the adjustments and I think that we’ll also be making a push to have CCTV cameras within these communities again a very large rural community. And so more police effort and more officers on the ground I think would help in that situation.”

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