Fuerza Pública officers will be back up in there Christmas towers this year, and the force is expanding the program to Cartago, Heredia and Alajuela.
The towers are the lookout points for police officers. There will be five in downtown San José this year. They will be erected at high traffic areas, said the police. One point is the Plaza de la Cultura. Another is near Hospital San Juan de Dios.
The towers give police a 10-foot advantage in keeping an eye on the crowds. A total of 44 towers will be put in service this year, said the Fuerza Pública director general, Juan José Andrade Morales.
All the towers should be in operation by the end of this month. That will be in time to keep an eye on criminality associated with workers getting their Christmas bonus or aguinaldo. Each employee receives an extra month’s pay at Christmas and crooks try many ways of getting the money, including picking pockets, scams and simple street robberies and thefts.
Police in towers can see these acts and radio for help. Andrade said that the citizenry welcomes the towers and that there were good results from the pilot project in downtown San José last year.