The San Pedro Town Council organized a march against crime on Friday, April 30, which gathered residents to show their stance against crime on the island. "Silence the Violence" is the message that Mayor Paz wanted to send out as she strengthened her stance of communication with all the neighborhood watch groups on the island.
“Today we are sending a message to the bad elements on the island that we are serious about combating crime,” stated Mayor Paz. “We are sending a message to government that we need more support to fight crime and protect our community and the tourism industry.”
With 12 neighborhood watch organizations on the island, members of these groups are urging residents to join and “Take back their neighborhoods” by pushing away the crime element with strong neighborhood watch programs. With a handful of groups showing much success in neighborhoods, it is possible to ward off the criminal element.
Mayor Paz was joined by her Town Councilors, staff, Hon. Manuel Heredia (Minister of Tourism and Area Representative), neighborhood watch groups and island students for the march around town.