Corozal has seen a spike in crime these last few months. Break-ins, home invasions, robbery, assault, and more. No one is immune. Just the other day I was assaulted and robbed as I was riding home. I was bicycling home with my computer in the basket when another rider came close by, hit me on the shoulder, and attempted to steal the computer. Catherine heard me yell "Come back here you (explicative deleted) so I can kick your ass!" as I gave chase. Realizing he had nothing but the power cord in his hand and I was gaining ground, he let it go. During the short 100 yard dash I thought to myself how silly it was for me to think I could give chase and not end up with a severe case of road rash. So I retrieved the cord, tracked him back to "Skeleton Town" (not a place for a lone Gringo), then filed a report with the police.
Filing a report with the local police, of course, an exercise in futility. Overwhelmed, understaffed, under-trained, and under-paid there's little they can do but fill out the paperwork and file it. It's more a proof of their activity than an addition to any statistics.
What with this incident and two previous robberies in our former residence, we do what we can to increase the security at home. Locks, bolts, lights, random schedules, and our two dogs, Khan the Rottweiler and Annie the Black-Mouth Cur all serve to turn our little property to a hard target all but the most brave (or stupid) would attempt to penetrate.
Crime exists for the usual reasons: poverty, poor parenting, lack of employment opportunity, corrupt police and judiciary, etc. A group of concerned citizens has, with some stumbling, started a coalition to encourage community involvement in a type of neighborhood watch program. A good idea but the execution, so far, leaves much to be desired.
I'm a proponent of heads on pikes. Were it not for the smell, I would have a real one on each corner of my property. If you know anyone good at making realistic masks, do let me know.
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