There was a meeting today at the BCP in Boquete. It included a presentation by Rodolfo Aguilera (The Minister of Security for Panama) and was attended by Emigdio Walker Vasquez (Mayor of Boquete) and Juan Arauz (The Boquete police Chief).
I can see that some of the things that were presented at the last Warden’s meeting at the U.S. Embassy are being implemented.
It was mentioned, in today’s presentation, that some of the programs were were being used in New York, and if I remember right, our presentation at the Embassy was given by an ex-member to the New York police, who was working with Panama officials.
It is also important to note that today’s meeting followed President Varela’s meeting in David on related topics yesterday.
This is a beginning. Today there is talk. With tomorrow, I hope there will be more action. Some actions have already been taken with measured results.
From looking at the Boquete presentation and reading about yesterday’s meeting, I see a lot was aimed at drug trafficking. In the area of gangs it appears that they are working to offer gang members other opportunities and enticing them to leave.
What I didn’t see was an acknowledgment that crimes by minors need appropriate punishment.
I didn’t attend the meeting and that may have been covered.
Preparations are nearly complete for our crime awareness rally this Sunday, although I can use more volunteers between 9:30 and 1pm. (Volunteers only need to take the questionnaire on the clipboard with pen provided, and say “disculpe” to Panamanians as they are on the property, and ask them to look at the crimes committed and ask them to please fill in the questionnaire.) Oh, and then I will take the results, and make copies for, all the government officials to see; Dipuda Athena Athanasiadis, Mayor of Dolega, Governor of Chiriquí, etc.
WE ALSO HAVE A COLLECTION JAR TO HELP MARION CLAMP’S MEDICAL BILLS….PLEASE BE GENEROUS…ALL DONATIONS COUNT!
This is the program, very simple, mostly aimed at Panamanian citizens:
I will have the following 2 lists in Spanish:
1. Crimes committed in Chiriquí 2015
2. Questionnaire to citizens about crime, their awareness, and what to do to change it. Here they are in English:
CRIMES – CHIRIQUI – 2015
1. Caldera murder and home invasion – August
2. 2014 Food Box robbery – Volcancito
3. 9 year old kid around Super 99 road in David shooting the shop owner
4. Recent robbery in David at the Do It center
5. Home invasion and attempted murder in Potrerillos
6. Home invasion and injuries by pistol in Potrerillos
7. Robbery in Brisas about a month ago (stole electronic stuff)
8. Robbery in Skateworld about a month ago
9. Robbery of people we know in Gualaca a week ago
10. Attempted break in in Palmira
11. Robbery in Potrerillos – $1000 tools taken from a friend’s house – September
12. Robbery at Handicap Center – September
13. A couple robbed of household belongings and 2 dogs, Boquete
14. Armed robbery of the owners of the Fish House in Jaramillo Centro
15. A couple robbed at gunpoint in Santa Lucia
16. An indigenous guy in Jaramillo – sister in law returning from her job in Boquete and was attacked near Romeros (she later died)
17. Beverly Hills Garden – Los Algarrobos – October – robbery of $1500 from staff and clients
18. Los Algarrobos, Panamanian family theft of jewelry and 2 laptop computers – no one home
Are you aware of all the current crime?
Are you aware of the ages of the offenders?
Many are underage – should they be prosecuted like an adult, released to their parents, and/or wear an ankle band with a chip in it and be forced to do public work?
Do you have a legal weapon at home for protection?
What are your suggestions for keeping a safe neighborhood?
Do you have boat horns or other devices to warn neighbors?
In the last year or two have you been affected by home invasions?
Have you ever been broken into? With violence?
Neighborhood in which you live.
What was the follow up?
Did police respond and was anyone caught?
If so, who?
How were they dealt with?
Should the law be changed to allow minors (under 18) to work legally?
Request…Would you please run the following in Chiriqui Chatter?
Thank You..Dale & John
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Crimes Against Foreign Citizens Living In Panama – Proposal
The Ambassadorial section of the US Embassy in Panama has the ability to address security problems of US Citizens with the Panamanian government. ( Likewise, other ex-pats living in Panama have their own Embassy officials they can contact with regards to their safety concerns. )
· As US Citizens living in the extended Boquete areas of Panama we can collectively present “our security and safety issues” to our US Ambassador in Panama.
· We can present the crime statistics and the opinion of our local police officials regarding the youth who are committing these life threatening home invasion crimes against American Citizens living in the extended Boquete area… and why the capture, arrest and release without prosecution of these criminals continues to encourage these violent crimes against American Citizens.
· If correctly presented, we feel working via our Embassy is the most effective means of motivating the Panamanian government to change its laws concerning under-age offenders committing the life threatening crimes against Americans…not only in the extended Boquete area but throughout all of Panama.
· We feel a group of concerned citizens (consisting of Americans living in the extended Boquete area) need to develop a proposal for the Warden to consider presenting to our Ambassador.
· Once the Warden is in agreement we anticipate the Warden (possibly accompanied by a few delegates) will need to meet with our US Ambassador (or their appointee) in Panama City to present our concerns.
· … American Citizens living in other regions of Panama can work with their Warden and Embassy in a similar fashion
… Ex-pats from other countries living in the extended Boquete area (and other regions of Panama) can work with their Warden and Embassy in a similar fashion.
MANY VOICES CAN CREATE ACTION
Dale Jackson & John Sandeen
I have an idea I want to share with you, the community. We are ALL sick and tired of crime in Chiriqui; I’d like to sit back and do nothing, but I feel it is OUR – that is – ALL OF OUR – duty to work together and try to make positive changes we can live with. This is our chosen home.
We have the flea market every first Sunday of each month, and a secondary new one on the third Saturday of the month. The Sunday market attracts about 70 to 80 vendors and maybe around 500 people come through the market in the course of three hours (a good combination of Panamanians and gringos). Here’s my idea – we’ll set up a table, invite the mayors, Athena, police, media, and public. I see a questionnaire for both Panamanians and Expats asking for input about how to treat our maleantes – like a vote – to present to the powers that be. And this should NOT be the only anti crime rally – just another in series. Chiriqui Storage is centrally located, attracts crowds from David, Dolega, Potrerillos and Boquete, so why not go with the venue and use this opportunity?
I cannot sit and keep watching; I need to do, BUT I NEED YOUR HELP!! I need volunteers to help organize this. If you think this is a good idea please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for your suggestions and if you want to be a part of this. OR if you have a BETTER idea!! As Dianne said to me we need to keep the ball rolling.
Rosita asked about Lilliam and I told her that Lilliam was in Panama City, but I had a guest that was staying with me while her mother recovered from being shot in Potrerillos. Rosita said it was really getting scary in Chiriquí.
Rosita said that yesterday afternoon she noticed four young men watching her house. She said she going to have to start securing the house more during the day.
I live in a good area of David and everyone is getting nervous.
SECURITY MEETING – OCT 9 at 5.00pm at the Potrerillos cruce park !!!
A security meeting will be held tomorrow afternoon 5.00pm in the Parque Surtapec ( little park at the Potrerillos cruce/crossing)…The Mayor from Dolega, the representantes,police and all interested public are invited.
Please put this out to all those who don’t read ning, neighbors etc. This affects everyone, not just Potrerillos residents. The officials and police are responding to calls and outcry from the public. They know something has to be done.
PLEASE show up in if you can and bring some of your workers.So everybody knows about this.
I would ask anyone with media contacts to get this out to them as well.
Last night around 2AM, three young individuals broke into a house of a close friend of mine in Potrerillos Arriba. The individual was stabbed and shot twice. I have been to the Hospital and spoken to the hospital staff and the doctor following surgery.
The patient is stable, but in serious condition. The stomach wound caused multiple internal complications and the surgery was described as serious in nature.
Family is in route to Panama. I know friends and neighbors are eager to help and concerned. Blood was donated this morning following surgery.
The doctor said that the patient needs a calm environment and rest for the next 24 hours. I plan on returning later this afternoon and will be in constant contact with the hospital.
This is not the first break-in in this area. All living in that area should be on the alert.
The three young individuals entered early in the morning, when they assumed the home owner would be asleep. They obviously don’t care about human life and may be young enough they are not worried about prosecution.
In your spare time today, please say a prayer that recovery is complete and rapid.
lUPDATE: 3:00PM – I just returned from the hospital. I visited about 15 seconds, just long enough to say that everything was being taken care of and to rest and not worry. I will be at the airport when the family member arrives.
The patient’s blood type is A+. There is a good chance that more blood may be needed in the next few days. If you are A+ and willing to donate blood, place yourself on the Boquete Blood Donors list. Click HERE for more information.
UPDATE 9:00PM – I picked the family member up at the airport. We went directly to the hospital. She was able to spend time with her mother before we returned to my house. She will be staying with me while this situation is in process.
Thanks to all who have offered and have provided help. The robbery victim is a strong person and with God’s help will make it through this.