02 de Dic de 2022

Nacional

San Francisco hit by delinquency wave

PANAMA. San Francisco has been characterized for housing middle- to upper-class Panamanians. Surely, if it was as big as San Miguelito...

PANAMA. San Francisco has been characterized for housing middle- to upper-class Panamanians. Surely, if it was as big as San Miguelito, everyone in Panama City would want to live there.

With its 10 parks with spaces covered in greeneries that provide a fresh ambiance during the day, and its surrounding shopping malls which make this area an attractive and strategic location, even for tourists, San Francisco is a prime location.

But some aspects of San Francisco are turning the urban dream into a nightmare. The area’s inhabitants are feeling the pressure. Among the top worries: the tentacles of the city’s delinquency.

And the authorities recognize it: there is a rise in homicides, cases of kidnappings, and thefts. Altogether it shows that delinquents have found in the area’s 35,751 inhabitants an easy prey to attack.

According to statistics from the Prosecutor’s Office, in 2008 this area broke the record of police complaints in the district of Panama. There were 2,518 complaints in San Francisco, requiring the greatest attention by police officers.The auxiliary prosecutor, Luis Martinez, recognizes that the cases of kidnappings thefts, etc have increased.

Proof of it was the theft (on January 8) that occurred in the Instituto Justo Arosemena, a school in the area, where thieves stole from an employee close to $15,000, money that was to be used for the school’s payroll.

INVESTIGATIONS

As 2,518 crimes were reported by victims throughout the year, authorities have had to dedicate themselves to investigate delinquents who tend to patrol the area. This, according to Martinez, forces officers to double their efforts. This, according to Martinez, forces officers to double their efforts.

Yet is hasn’t been enough to bring delinquents to justice. Of all the cases, 900 were left unanswered, with unsuccessful investigations.

“We have had personnel deficiencies,” said Martinez.

San Francisco had the greatest number of crime reports, followed by San Felipe (2,219), Colon (1776), Bethania (1452), and Nuevo Tocumen (1332).