An Alert for all Residents of Alto Boquete

As we approach the end of the year, crime always picks up. Following is information about a recent crime spree in Boquete.

We need to alert all residents of Alto Boquete about the confirmed activity of a burglary gang operating in Alto Boquete. They have reportedly been responsible for more than 6 burglaries of locally owned homes in the area. The police are investigating, but need your help.
If you see anything out of the ordinary, please immediately call Rodny Direct. We will forward your information to the police.

The gang is suspected to be using a pickup truck with gardening equipment in the back. We believe that they are using this as a cover for casing houses to be burglarized. If you see a suspicious truck, or are approached by someone offering gardening services, or anything else suspicious, take a picture of the truck and the license plate. Email or Whatsapp it to Rodny Direct immediately. Call if you need help sending your pictures.

In particular, you need to get cedulas from any worker who comes on your property. Again, just take a picture of the cedula with your phone. If you are uncomfortable asking for cedulas, please call Rodny and he will get the information for you. Be alert to look for tattoos, which may indicate gang affiliation. This is very important.

Thanks in advance for your help! Alert citizens have broken many cases like this in the past.

Rodny Direct.


7 thoughts on “An Alert for all Residents of Alto Boquete

  1. Good to hear the Caldera checkpoint is so effective. Why the snark? I called the cops in the daytime for a crime in progress (urgent but not serious) in Bajo Boquete. 45 minutes to respond as they were tied up in Palmira. Be better if the resources were reallocated to provide better response time, than the revenue generator at the Caldera checkpoint.

    I have lived here over 10 years, and have never needed fast police response, this has given me serious pause on how well I am protected. A big surprise really!

    I have cameras and alarms, suggest to do this as the cops are too busy hassling motorists down the hill, as it pays better.

  2. Cops have got Christmas presents to buy too. (snark)
    Police response has never been listed as one of the features of paradise. Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is in December so there is another reason for the increase in theft.

  3. Another comment. It is good to know the ladrones are duly licensed and insured as they pass the northbound Caldera checkpoint to rob, and are free to pass with their loot as they go southward as there is no checkpoint stop. You can’t make this crap up. But, mama is going to have a good mother’s day. Now if they are local ladrones, no checkpoint to pass, so todo bien!

  4. If they are local to Boquete, then Boquete residents will know them and their families and primos. The police are rotated to other parts of Panama so they will not have families nearby (a practice started with Omar Torrijos).

    The hotline approach to crime is to wait for enough people to get robbed to issue a warning, AaC was like that. OK if you benefit from the warning, not OK if you are one of the data points.

    Don Ray once set up a website whereby anyone could post criminal activity and locations but the expats rejected the idea. Bad for property values and expat B&B businesses (and expat run hotlines), I suppose.

  5. We report all strange vehicles or people to our Neighborhood Watch. That in turn goes to our local poilce in Boquete. We have had very quick responses in our area of Alto Boquete. The other night we reported a strange van going around trying to sell carpet in our neighborhood. Not sure if they are connected or not. Neighborhoods NEED to ban together. We have been here 10 years and so far, so good on response time.

  6. The local neighborhoods need to institute a system of warnings about strange activities. We here in barriada Santa Lucia in Volcancito have instituted a system with walkie-talkies that alert each other of strange activities. We keep each other informed and it is especially invaluable when electricity is lost and you are home alone in the nighttime. In times like these, you have to be pro-active. Just my two cents.

  7. We’ve been waiting for the police to show up at our house when we called back in July of 2015. Still waiting…(derp)

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