…says crime still high, many cases unreportedDespite the repeated public statements that there has been a decrease in crime in Guyana, there is still a lot of criminal activities taking place in the county of Berbice, most of which are not reported to the police for various reasons.Regional Chairman David ArmoganThis is according to Regional Chairman of Region Six, David Armogan, who told Guyana Times in an interview that Berbicians continue to complain about their homes being broken into and also of physical assault cases but they are reluctant to turn to the police for help or justice.“The Minister of Public Security keeps saying that crime has been on the decrease but it is the same way here… a lot of people thieves go at and it does not get coverage by the newspapers or anything so it looks as if things are bright and beautiful but it is not. Then people stopped, they don’t even go and report because they don’t get any of the results,” the Chairman said.He acknowledged that the shooting to death of three bandits that were hiding out in the Black Bush Polder two months ago did put a dent in the rate of armed robberies for the year, however, crime continues to spiral in different forms in Berbice.The Regional Chairman noted that the data/statistics on the crime rate are retrieved from cases that have been reported but that a large number of thefts and robberies continue to occur without victims making reports in Berbice because they have lost confidence in the police.“They don’t have that confidence and then the thing is when you go to make a report at the police station, it is like you are the one who did the crime. For example, the amount of questions that you have to answer and the amount of time you got to spend at the station. People are now really hesitant to report a matter,” he explained.Just last month, Guyana’s Police Commissioner, Leslie James, declared that there is no spike in crime in the country, despite repeated daily reports that persons and businesses are being robbed.James had instead attributed the perception of increased crimes to “sensational” media reports. At a press conference in June, he assured the Guyanese diaspora and visitors that crime is not on the increase. “I wish to advise very, very clearly that there is no upsurge in crime in the State of Guyana.”At that time, when he was asked to respond to the reaction by the public that claims of low crime figures are a “joke”, the Police Commissioner said he was relying on “our numbers” that reflect no hike in crime.However, in the month of May, the US Department of State had sent a stringent warning to all its citizens, urging them to exercise caution when visiting Guyana due to the evident spike in the country’s crime rate.In a statement on its website, the Department had stated there is a frequency of violent crimes, commonly armed robbery and murder. It specifically highlighted that the police network is hindered to effectively alleviate these incidents due to the lack of resources.“Violent crimes such as armed robbery and murder, is common. Local Police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents,” the notice stated.In Guyana’s Crime and Safety Report for 2018, which was created by the State Department, Georgetown was assessed as “a critical-threat location for crime directed at or affecting official US Government interests”.The report categorised local criminals based on their choice of weapons and targets, some of whom are American citizens. However, Police officers are also victims in some cases.“Criminals may act brazenly, and Police officers have been both victims and perpetrators of assaults and shootings. Criminals are increasingly willing to resort to violence while committing all types of crimes. Criminals are often organised, travel in groups of two or more, and conduct surveillance on their victims. Criminals generally will not hesitate to show multiple weapons as an intimidation tactic during a robbery,” the report stated.
GAA Bingo- Every Thursday Night At 9pm In St Marys Hall Clonmany Everyone Welcome.Match & Win for 29/12/2011 No jackpot winner last week this weeks will rise to €2,740.00 numbers drawn were 5,6,15,24 the €15 consolation prizes went to Pat McCarron Cleagh, Brendan & Michelle Kelly Dunaff, Chloe & Rebecca McGilloway Roxtown, sadie McLaughlin Tullagh, Maura & John McGeogehan Annagh.Urris GAA (Underage) Christmas Draw Winners were 1st Prize €100 Hamper- Kevin Kelly Dunaff, 2nd Prize – Meal for two- Ria McFall Ballyliffen, 3rd Prize – Bottle Whiskey – Fergal Doherty(J) Gortfad, 4th Prize – Box Chocolate – Majella Bradley Fahan, 5th Prize – 2 Bottles wine – Phenonsie Devlin Altahalla. Thank you to all the sponsors and tickets sellers. Duck Race -The 2nd running of the Urris Rubber Duck Race took place on a stormy but surprisingly dry St Stephen’s Day at Binion Bridge.The first part of proceedings was the judging of the Best Dressed Duck competition which was again a tough one for the judges to call. After much consideration it was decided that the Buddy the Elf duck owned by Mary Kate Kelly was the best of the contenders and then all eyes switched to the main event.First past the post was the duck owned by Felicity Downes, Tullagh; Felicity’s duck was closely followed by the duck owned by Sean Toland and third home was the duck owned by Michelle Carthy. The ‘race’ for last duck home was eventually claimed by Orla Lagan’s duck.Urris GAA Club would like to congratulate all the winners on the day; would like to thank everyone who bought ducks for the race, especially those who took the time to decorate and dress them up for the day; the club would also like to thank everyone who helped out in anyway with the race, from those that sold ducks to those that helped with the race itself and anyone who helped with the setup and clean up of the course on the day.Donegal Year Book – 2011 edition now available from the club at €15 contact John Friel.Foundation Coaching Course:- The Inishowen Board are looking for names of people interested in doing a Foundation coaching course in the early part of 2012.The course is usually run over two sessions which includes one evening and a full day session. Child protection is also included as part of the course and is a prerequisite to qualify overall.Any one intending to help with coaching teams for the club in 2012 should have this minimum level of proficiency.Anyone interested in doing the course should contact John Friel 0860523550 or David Hession 0860538537 as soon as possible. Club Meeting – The next club meeting is on Tuesday 3rd January 2012 at 8pm, There will also be an Executive Meeting before it that same evening at 7pm.Club Merchandise – New Club Jersey and hat are now available in Centra, the club has a range of merchandise available in all sizes polo shirts hoodies jackets and not forgetting the all important urris hat for the coming winter contant Alan 0879029672.New Club Website is up and running at www.urris.gaa.ie so check it out for all the clubs up to date news.Any items for the notes please send to [email protected] or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening. GAA NOTES: URRIS was last modified: January 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:URRIS GAA notes