crime

That didn’t take long . . .

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PC Nestor Campos of the North Ambergris Cay police substation. (Photo courtesy of San Pedro Sun)

The placement of a full-time police officer in the newly opened North Ambergris Caye substation is already paying dividends.

According to Rob Eykelbeysh, president of the North AC Neighborhood Watch program, the officer stationed here since the grand opening May 2 already has a drug bust under his belt.

PC Nestor Campos confirmed the bust today.  PC Campos was patrolling up near the Rojo Lounge on Saturday, May 6, when he spotted a young Hispanic male who was told to stop. When the man started to bolt, PC Campos jumped off his motorcycle and grabbed him by the shirt.

The man was found with two bags of marijuana, totalling 126 grams (4.4 ounces). According to Campos, the man said he was selling to workers at various construction sites up north. Campos is watching out for a second man, possibly Creole, wearing a white muscle shirt, sometimes seen in the area of Paco Tiki lounge. That man ran down the road toward Paco Tiki’s the other day when approached and hasn’t been seen since. Read the rest of this entry »

Meeting to set up Neighborhood Watch ends with two possible anti-crime groups on North Ambergris Caye

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This police booth was built in a day back when the North Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch was active. It has recently been moved to the paved road and Grand Caribe Resort has offered to help restore it to functional use. Revival of a north island Neighborhood Watch is a big part of the island discussion after a meeting on Tuesday night.
This police booth was built in a day back when the North Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch was active. It has recently been moved to the paved road and Grand Caribe Resort has offered to help restore it to functional use. Revival of a north island Neighborhood Watch is a big part of the island discussion after a People’s Coalition Committee meeting on Tuesday night.

The rising number of burglaries and thefts north of the bridge has moved San Pedro police and government officials, residents, business owners and others to seek a way to jump-start the dormant North Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch crime prevention group.

As many as 30 concerned citizens met at the El Pescador resort and came away reviving, not one. but two crime-prevention organizations for the nearly 20 miles of island extending north of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge.

Both Neighborhood Watch groups have apparently enjoyed active and successful pasts over the last decade or so, and for reasons not completely apparent last night, both went dormant. Importantly, both retained membership mailing lists and institutional memories of successes and failures in running volunteer crime prevention groups. Read the rest of this entry »

How dangerous is Belize? Let’s not ask John McAfee

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Welcome to Belize. Now, relax.
Welcome to Belize. Now, relax.

We’ve been back in California for a week now and while we’re no closer to deciding exactly where we will make our home in Belize — either San Pedro or San Ignacio — there is one thing to which Rose and I are firmly committed: We will be living in Belize by the end of February 2014.

Rose has been quietly explaining our plans to each of her Pilates clients this week and the reaction falls somewhere between enthusiasm for our new adventure and tears.

I’ve been hearing other reactions, too, like, “Seriously? Belize Why not Panama? You should check out Panama.” Or “Didn’t you consider Costa Rica? You should really check out Costa Rica before you make the move.”  Feel free to plug in the name of other Latin American countries. I think I’ve heard them all. Read the rest of this entry »