I received the following for posting.
There have been 3 violent home invasions in the greater Boquete area within the last 8 or so days. The latest incident occurs last night 25-MAR-12 in which unknown perpetrators forced their way into the homes of the victims and brutally beat and robbed them. It is understood that deadly weapons have been used in at least 2 of the incidents. The following is the original message communicated on a public community forum in the Boquete area.
“ Another violent home invasion occurred last night, Sunday March 25, and with it was an attempted sexual assault.
If “we” as a community are going to work together to put an end to these types of incidents we will have to to take a proactive role in working together in identifying these violent criminals. Violent home invasions are on the rise throughout the world and the solution is for the community to work together and become our own ” force”, and if that means identifying and following suspicious individuals so be it.
Please get the facts straight about what happened in Florida and do not fall for the media’s portrayal that this was some king of vigilante killing of an innocent person. Below is the link to an article I am in agreement with regarding the circumstances regarding that unfortunate incident. http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=203898
As for “the hysteria sweeping through the gun owning population on this website”., I have not seen it. The Panamanian National Police recently made a presentation to a group of residents where they clearly stated that one is within the law to shoot and kill an intruder inside their residence. I agree that with this type of action, resulting in the death of another individual, will come possible legal issues. That is a small price to pay in comparison to being brutally victimized and or/ watching my wife or daughter being raped. I am a responsible gun owner who regularly carries a handgun and I do not appreciate the stereotype that “we are a “bunch of seniors siting around in the evening after a couple of drinks and loaded weapons”.
With responsible gun ownership comes appropriate training and proper safety protocols. While I agree that there may be some gun owners who lack the above, it is not appropriate to call for gun restrictions because of the irresponsible actions of a few. This would be the same as calling for the banning of all motor vehicles because someone was killed by a drunk driver.
I will be making a short presentation at Alto al Crimen’s morning meeting at the BCP tomorrow. I will cover available workshops for self defense, protecting against home invasions, and gun safety and weapons training. I will also explain the current gun laws as I understand them and present options for immediately obtaining a legal gun and keeping it in your residence.”
It is time to take a serious look at you personal security and take proactive steps NOW!! If you live in Potrerillos you are encouraged to immediate contact the Dolega Police @776-0160 and the Potrerillos Neighborhood Watch Facilitator (see attached Emergency Contact Information attachment) if you are in danger or believe a home invasion is imitate. Both entities will immediately respond simultaneously if contacted.