Posted: Friday, April 22, 2022. 10:03 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: While robberies are only up by one so far to date in comparison to statistics from the same time period last year, there has been an increase in attacks on truck drivers and salesmen out on the road.
To get around the issue, Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police, told reporters in a pre-Easter press briefing that the Police will spare officers to escort businesses doing deliveries in major towns: “The robberies have been a pain in the butt, I must say, and we have advised these business establishments that do delivery that when they want to do delivery, contact us. We are going to provide a free police escort for you, providing that it is within the same area. If you need to go [out of the district] and do delivery, then you can hire police to go along with you. But if you are in Belize City, you need to do delivery within Belize City or in Belmopan within Belmopan or San Ignacio within San Ignacio. We are going to provide free delivery security for you. It is being done with a view to help to avoid these incidents. We rather help to prevent than having to investigate.”
The Commissioner added that while police will do their best to prevent, or ensure culprits do not get away clean with the proceeds of the robbery of these trucks, he also advised businesses to keep an eye on their own employees: “…And we have seen in some of these incidents where it is [an] inside job. The same people on [the] delivery truck are the ones setting up these robberies.”
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