Homicides surge during pandemic

 
622Views 14Comments Posted 13/10/2020

Crime in Panama continues unabated during the pandemic despite lockdowns, curfews, and   mobility restrictions

Public Ministry statistics show that from January 1 to September 30, there were 384 homicides, 16% more cases than for the same period of 2019 when 331 cases were reported.

Most of the killings occurred in Colón (67)  and  Panama Oeste (75) and the district of San Miguelito in the province of Panama (51). In the interior, Chiriquí has ​​the highest number of homicides with 14

There have been 24 femicides in the country, 50% more than in 2019 when there were only 16 by September.

The most recent crime figures against economic assets from August 1 to 30, 2020, and which includes robbery and theft, account for 1,259 cases reported in the First Judicial District, which includes the most populated provinces of Panama. , Panamá Oeste, Colón, Darién and the district of San Miguelito. This represents about 40 crimes per day on average.

For sociologist Danilo Toro, criminal activity since before Covid-19 had already been registering a certain increase and now they took advantage of the state of emergency. “The criminal world has never entered and will not go into quarantine or confinement. On the contrary, they see it as an opportunity ”, he said.

Faced with this increase in homicides and other crimes, the National Police, the Naval Air Service, and the National Border Service issued an accountability report in early October on their actions during the month of September.

 

The Police detailed that in different operations at the national level, the agents managed to capture 3,632 people, including 223 for the crime of micro-trafficking and drug trafficking, and 26 people for their involvement in homicide cases. In addition, 155 firearms were seized, most of them involved in criminal acts.

The National Air Service has carried out nine anti-drug operations, managing to seize a total of 4,445 packages of illicit substances, of which 4,355 were cocaine.

Units of the Traffic Operations Directorate imposed a total of 47,193 infractions, of which 17,994 were for speeding.



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casual observer

Been here 8 1/2 years....no problems. Beautiful country friendly people. Wish all you "old gringo" haters would give that crap a rest. And all you fear mongers need to leave to where ever you consider "safe" (good luck). This is definitely not a place for people that leave their brains at the airport. It's just like another country you choose to visit or live in. Good fucking grief!

15 days ago
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Cyclops

Reading this and other forums of people living in Panama it seems like it's not a place for normal or well adjusted people. Makes me wonder how bad someone's circumstances had to be for them to end up in the banana republic of Panama. Didn't people learn anything from the Noriega days?

15 days ago
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Gloria

The desire for young women keeps bringing the dirty old gringos down here. The sex drive is stronger than the fear of death we learned that 30 years ago during the AIDS epidemic. Don't mourn any of these dirty old gringos they know the risk is high but the lust for young girls override that. Panama what a contradiction.

15 days ago
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Chele

What a bunch of cry baby losers.....you should all go back to Gringolandia now! 384 murders in 9 months and you idiots think thats a big deal??? WTF....go to any large city in Gringoville USA and that is a monthly number! Gringos get robbed and killed in Latin America mainly due to their own stupidity.....this is not Kansas Dorthy......Panama would be a much better place without all of you idiots!

15 days ago
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Chele

What a bunch of cry baby losers.....you should all go back to Gringolandia now! 384 murders in 9 months and you idiots think thats a big deal??? WTF....go to any large city in Gringoville USA and that is a monthly number! Gringos get robbed and killed in Latin America mainly due to their own stupidity.....this is not Kansas Dorthy......Panama would be a much better place without all of you idiots!

15 days ago
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James

Sounds like a very scary place. I don't have a gun, yet. We'll fully arm for the coming riots. It's been a good 23 years here, but I guess it's all over now. They're everywhere .... check under the bed .... BOO!

15 days ago
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casual observer

You can't bring a firearm into Panama. It's very difficult to buy a firearm when you get here. A friend of mine bought a $300 shotgun for $900 (price here) and it took 3 years to take possession!!! That's a shotgun. No ballistics necessary. Good luck purchasing a pistol or rifle.

15 days ago
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Ancon Harpy

So some of you folks came to live in Panama without access to a firearm? Very naive. You must have believed the realtors and others who told you that the place was crime free and peaceful and everybody loves Americans.

15 days ago
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Bugaba

It wasn't that far from here where the two Dutch girls were killed and their bodies dismembered. You have to keep your wits about you to live and survive here.

16 days ago
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Seaview

No need to overthink it is correct. No need to build air cannons, put boards with nails in your house, train with wasp spray and machetes, if you want to avoid being a homocide victim in Panama then get the FU#K OUT OF PANAMA! Being poor is no reason to stay there are plenty of programs in your home country to help you. It's a fools errand to try and defeat the Panamanians in their own country. Just put your place for sale, pack a bag and get out NOW! This crime wave was predicted months ago.

16 days ago
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Franklin

No need to over think this.just go to Do It Center and buy a can of foaming wasp spray for every room in your house so no matter where you are when they enter you will have a can handy. Spray in the face and eyes and then grab your machete and finish the job. In the bedroom have 2 cans if you have a spouse. We put paper plates outside with little faces on them to practice. Very effective at in home distances. You don't have to be a homocide victim during the new normal.

16 days ago
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Peleton

We have boards with nails outside under the window and also mats with nails just inside the doorways. If someone comes around at night we will know.

16 days ago
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Dave y Linda

We made mini compressed air cannons that we charge with a car tire compressor. Impressive power. We loaded it with roofing nails and screws. Many stuck into a half inch plywood deeply. We are keeping 3 loaded in the house and one in the car. It should stop one or more attackers and buy us time. Obviously a firearm would be preferrable but that's not an option in Panama. Be creative and come up with clever self defense. You don't have to be a victim of homocide here.

16 days ago
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Coiba

All the whining about people having their homes and kayaks robbed when homocide is the true threat here. Get your heads right people because this is coming for all of us who remain here. They aren't going to leave any witnesses.

16 days ago
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