Posted: Monday, January 31, 2022. 2:54 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: The Belize Police Department says that incidents of people being injured or killed while socializing after curfew hours are increasing, and is pleading with the public to remain in their homes during curfew.
Speaking on Sunday’s double shooting in Seine Bight where one man was killed and another shot to the neck, Head of Communications for the Office of the Commissioner of Police, Assistant Superintendent Fitzroy Yearwood said that after-hours socializing has become a recurring problem for the department.
Yearwood stressed that the problem is even more pronounced in rural areas, where police presence is already stretched thin, but that doing so increases the chance of someone getting harmed or worse.
“They make themselves easy targets, because at this time you have minimal movement and, of course, if you have problems with someone else there is not much hindrance that would cause your, so to speak, enemy to find you during curfew hours,” Yearwood said.
He noted that police have taken several steps to address after-curfew socialization including a personal plea from the commissioner himself for people to stay indoors during curfew hours, speaking to business owners to have them close their establishments an hour before curfew, and implementing a ticketing system for those caught violating curfew.
He also noted that victims of crime during curfew hours also have to worry about facing consequences for their breach of regulations.
“It doesn’t make you exempt from the law if you are injured. You put yourself out there causing your injuries, so to speak, so then you will still have to answer for being out there without a purpose,” Yearwood added.
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