Another home invasion has just been reported. in David, on Chiriquí Watch.
A new scam alert has been listed on Chiriquí Watch.
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 OrianaHealthy 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.Read the rest of the post on the Alto al Crimen website.
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.Visit the Alto al Crimen website for more information.
I received a request from Alto al Crimen to post the following.
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.
We welcome your comments firstname.lastname@example.org
The Alto al Crimen Team6477-6662
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 email@example.com.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 RobberiesWhen 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: Crime Report Updates
- NEWSLETTER: Funding Alto al Crimen
- NEWSLETTER: Legal Steps Involved with Filing Crime Reports (Victims)
- NEWSLETTER: Vendor RelationsPlus much more, visit the website for the latest news.