According to yesterday’s La Prensa, there were more than 100 robberies in Boquete in the first six months of 2013. Following is a BING translation of the article into English.
More than 100 robberies and thefts in Boquete in 2013
25/07/2013 - 114 cases of thefts and robberies They have been reported in the first six months of the year, in the District of Boquete, what worries the population, making it the national police allocated two vehicles to patrol the area and arranged operating and mobile checkpoints to curb crime.
Miguel Castillo, resident of Boquete, revealed that the situation in the area has changed due to the population increase, because before they were only 11 thousand inhabitants and now exceed 20 thousand.
According to the Mayor of this district, Manolo Ruiz, citizens must be created with – science on the issue of security, because often committed crimes leave Windows and doors open. ”The biggest problem is theft, both in the residences of national and foreign,” he said.
Ruiz stressed that it will continue to apply the so-called “carrot law” in Boquete to curb the criminal activities. For this reason, Monday through Thursday bars, canteens and supermarkets may not sell liquor after midnight.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of the police area of Chiriqui, Julio Lasso, announced that as of this moment is reinforced security and surveillance in the district.
I received the following from Alto al Crimen.
Home Invasion & Assault in Oriana
Healthy Defense – Why prevention matters:
On Sunday, July 21, at around 7:30 PM, a resident went into the bedroom of his home on the canyon in Oriana and opened the window to let in a little air.
His wife out of the country, he retired to the living room with his three incessantly yappy dogs to watch TV.
Within minutes, he was astonished to see two men, dressed entirely in black, emerge from his bedroom. Within seconds, he was lifted up and slammed to the floor, apparently losing consciousness.
The dogs had no clue about the coming attack and provided no warning.
His next memory was that his legs were tied (with garbage bags it turned out) and a pistol was pointed in his face, a butcher knife from his kitchen across his throat. He was dragged by the arms into the bathroom and tied up further.
Dragged into the bedroom, he remembers the robbers screaming “MONEY, MONEY” into his face. He offered them his wallet, which they cleaned out, leaving behind credit cards and ID.
Then he was gagged, blindfolded and tied to a chair. He could hear them stealing two TVs from a closet, a big screen from the living room and other electronic items, including a desktop PC computer. Finally he heard them loading it all in his pickup truck, taking his keys and driving away.
Some 40 minutes later, he was finally able to escape from his bonds. His cell phones were gone and his land line did not work. He walked to a friend’s house, the Hotline was called and the police arrived promptly.
There was a home invasion today in Volcan. It has been recorded in Chiriquí Watch.
I received the following from Alto al Crimen.
SPECIAL ALERT FROM THE ALTO AL CRIMEN TEAM
Two Burglaries in Downtown Boquete – What Can We Learn?
This morning two burglaries were reported to the Alto al Crimen Boquete Hotline. Both took place in the vicinity of the Isla Verde bed and breakfast.
One victim has a resident ID, called the Hotline and the police responded promptly. The disposition of the other is unknown.
These burglaries fit the MO of what we have been referring to as the Alto Lino gang: They know the movements of the residents; they pick the low hanging fruit; they are very specific in what they look at and take; they like PC laptops and going through women’s personal items. The perps always search through the women’s bathroom and jewelry in great detail.
It is essential that we all understand how these crimes are committed, what they are looking for and how to prevent becoming victims ourselves.
One thing is for sure: being the victim of a burglary is as disastrous to your life as a serious car accident or a heart attack.
The disaster is both financial and emotional. One of the victims this morning stated that she no longer feels safe living in Boquete.
This is tragic for all concerned. And yet, it could have easily been prevented.
We have learned a great deal from this crime and others about how the successful burglars work.
We also know that they are reading our web sites just like you are now.
Detailed information about the methods used and how to protect yourself will be sent to all those with a Resident ID. This is the first step to crime proofing Boquete.
Many have asked for another of our home security workshops.
We have booked the BCP theater for Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon, the last week of August.
This “off the record” discussion will cover many important topics, including details of how to protect yourself and live in peace without “living in a prison.”
Crime Proofing Boquete – Look for an announcement coming soon.
I received a request from Alto al Crimen to post the following.
DO NOT PROGRAM YOUR ALARM SYSTEM TO AUTO DIAL THE ALTO al CRIMEN HOTLINE
If you have an alarm system that auto dials emergency phone numbers and plays a recorded message, it is IMPERATIVE that you DO NOT program it to call the Boquete Hotline.
The recent proliferation of alarm systems with auto dialers is creating a crisis that could destroy the Boquete Hotline for the entire community.
Home alarm systems produce a very high percentage of false alarms. It is the responsibility of the alarm system vendor to provide professional alarm monitoring and the appropriate responses.
Auto dial calls to the Hotline are inappropriate and unacceptable.
The first instance will result in a warning. The second will result in permanent blacklisting of your phone number in the Alto al Crimen database.
Legally and ethically, the decision must be made to respond to all auto dial calls to the Hotline or none at all.
Therefore, no auto dial alarm calls with recorded messages will be forwarded to the police or responded to in any way.
The effectiveness of The Boquete Hotline is based on the fact that the operator speaks with a live person and qualifies the crisis before calling the police or ambulance. In most cases, he can direct the responders accurately using the Resident ID database.
Any false alarm auto dial calls reported through the Hotline will damage Alto al Crimen’s and the Hotline’s credibility with the emergency responders.
We have worked long and hard to develop these relationships and we will not allow this to be negatively impacted by those who program the Hotline phone number into their auto dial security system.
In addition, this puts the rest of the community in increased danger.
You should also be aware that the police themselves will not react to auto dial call alarms. Programming your alarm to call your neighbors could put them in a dangerous confrontation.
Considering that there may be 100 false alarms for every actual break in, professional call monitoring is an essential feature/service and an important consideration when selecting a security system.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
The Alto al Crimen Team
I received the following from The Alto al Crimen Team
“There are two kinds of people who sleep well at night – the ignorant and the prepared.”
Saturday morning we received a report of a burglary in Alto Boquete that took place on Thursday afternoon. The house sitter made a trip to town and when she came back, her laptop, camera and other valuables were taken. She provided unconfirmed reports of two more burglaries in that area this week.
If you live in the Alto Boquete area you are vulnerable to crime at this time due to the construction activity. If you would like a personal home risk factor evaluation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For the whole story about these crimes and how to protect yourself, please see our Crime Update
on the Alto al Crimen web site.
The Alto al Crimen Team – Boquete
I received aIIi request to post the following:
Alto al Crimen Boquete: Arrests Made in San Carlos Armed Robberies
When in doubt, call Rodny
On Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 10:49AM a resident of Boquete called the Boquete Hot Line to report that they had been among the victims of a violent robbery late the previous evening at a remote bed & breakfast hotel Ranchos los Toros near San Carlos. They were attacked from the woods ninja-style by men with masks and guns. All the guests and staff were tied up, guns held to their heads and they were beaten to varying degrees. But this was not the first time.Almost exactly three months before, the same hotel was attacked in the same way by apparently the same gang. One of the attackers had used a stolen iPhone to take wonderful pictures of himself and his family, without realizing that they were being uploaded to iCloud and thus the owner. Still, the police investigation stalled and no arrests were made. With that one call to the Boquete Hot Line, their luck ran out.
Here is the Alto al Crimen website for the full story and more information about the efforts of Alto al Crimen http://www.altoalcrimen.org/Alto al Crimen Boquete: Arrests Made in San Carlos Armed Robberie
I received a request to post the following.
THE JUNE 2013 NEWSLETTER IS NOW POSTED ON THE ALTO AL CRIMEN – BOQUETE WEBSITE!!
- NEWSLETTER: June 2013 Newsletter – Crime Updates, Crime Fighting Partnerships, 2013 Funding and more!
- CRIME UPDATES: Alto al Crimen Working with San Carlos Residents and Former Head Attorney with Policia National to Help Solve Armed Robberies
- NEWSLETTER: Legal Steps Involved with Filing Crime Reports (Victims)
This morning I received the following comment on a post related to Chiriquí Watch, however not recorded on Chiriquí Watch as yet.
All this sounds good,but,in the real world..Who knows.What I do know is two days ago the ladrones did 5 home invasions in Potrerillos and tied all the folks up. All 5 were close to the Dona Marie restaurant and were waiting to hear if it was just the gringo homes or were the Panamanians too.
So much for the new police station across the street
We were told our wives CAN NOT use our permitted guns should we be away from home and the whole bunch of us have ordered tazers ! You must stop these animals before they get in or who knows the out come if they don’t get whet they feel is enough !
I decided that it was time to post another, “We’re Not In Kansas Anymore” piece.
Panama continues to have its foreigner population grow. With the growth comes a whole new flock of people moving to live the the life in Paradise as portrayed by International Living and other for profit disseminators of retirement information.
If you are going to move here, then you need to acclimate yourselves into the mindset of living in a Latin American Country. Don’t come down here and think it is crime free. Be happy you didn’t decide to move to Costa Rica.
Compared to Costa Rica, it is crime free and closer to paradise for those that learn to understand it.
No matter where you choose to live in Panama, you need to plan for and prepare for a possible house break-in. Also, don’t believe the propaganda put out leading you to believe that some areas are void of crime. It Ain’t So!
Gated communities have their share of crime and sometimes it may be because of the false security given by living in a gated community.
So how do you plan for criminal activity in your area. Continue reading
I received the following for posting:
Good Evening Don Ray
A very disturbing event has happened in David. My friend, Celina Villaverde, raises Shih Tzus in Panama City. Two weeks ago she was contacted by a man in David, who claimed to be a Doctor at Mae Lewis Hospital. He told her he had seen her notice on the board in El Rey, that she had female Shih Tzus for sale. He then stated that he had 2 daughters and wanted to buy a female Shih Tzu puppy for each. She and her husband drove down from Panama City on Saturday with the 2 puppies. They met a man, claiming to be the doctor’s son, in Chiriqui Hospital, where he said his mother was a surgeon. He then asked if he could take the puppies in to see her. Feliz,, Celina;s husband, told him to only take 1 at a time. He took Daisy and that was the last they saw of him and Daisy. The police have been contacted and the they have the video from the hospital. Evidently, they are familiar with this man. At this point, all I know is that he has a twisted front tooth.
My friend is so afraid that she won’t get Daisy back. She fears she may be in an awful situation. I am hopeful that the police can be of help in that area. I know what a dog lover you are so that is why I’m asking for your help.
Could you put in a picture of Daisy, in case he tries to sell her. Daisy is 2 1/2 months old. They are offering a reward for her return, no questions asked. Celina can be reached at: 66785121.Anything you can do to help is so appreciated..
Thank you: Kathy Reny