Business is booming leading to Christmas as gifts, decorations and groceries are bought for the biggest and most anticipated holiday season. Unfortunately, at this time of the year, there is also a marked increase in crimes such as robberies and burglaries.
To balance it all out, the Police Department has followed suit and boosted the number of officers on patrol; particularly in the hub of town to ensure the safety of shoppers as well as businesses. Second in Command at the Orange Walk Police Station, Inspector Julius Cantun, says the anti-crime campaign is in full force, but they also need the support of the communities to stem the occurrences of such crimes during the upcoming festive season.
INSPECTOR JULIUS CANTUN – 2nd in Command, Orange Walk Police
“We get our officers to carry out extra patrols after their normal tour of duties they have to comeback in the evening so that they can give us four hours extra depending on what day it is and our crime pattern analysis, we will determine how long will they be working, we have increased our patrols in terms of; the burglary patrols we have officers coming in after their duties they come in at night and they do burglary patrols at different times, we have our quick response team so yes there is an increase on the presence of the police in the streets and that will continue until the Christmas and further until we see it necessary that they have the presence of the police out there and so the uniform presence will be seeing especially in business areas, especially in areas that are being, where most activities are conducted within Orange Walk Town.”
Cantun says that residents can expect to see officers out and about on the streets across the force. Officers will be increasing their patrols as a deterrent against anti-social behavior and to offer reassurance to the public.
The annual crime prevention campaign serves as a reminder to people to enjoy themselves safely and lawfully this Christmas.
Similar measures are being taken in the Corozal District by the Corozal Police Formation which is also preparing to combat crime that normally sees and increase for the Christmas Season.
Corozal Police also advise the public to report all suspicious activities immediately. Home owners must also take care by not leaving light and curtains pulled to the side allowing criminals to have an advantage by seeing inside their homes. The Corozal formation also echoes the age old advice of not drinking and driving.
There is also a call for caution for children to be aware of the dangers of playing with the popular “palomitas”. There is a special advisory for business owners who sell alcohol. The Corozal Police Formation implores them to open and close during the prescribed hours to help prevent criminals from assaulting them. In addition, these establishments should not serve any alcoholic beverages to any police officer in uniform. The department further states that despite prior warning some establishments, particularly Chinese owned store keep breaking this rule and adds that there will be continuous efforts to bring the problem under control even if it means recommending that their licenses be revoked.
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