Puriscal mayor seeks regional meeting on crime

The mayor of Puriscal has called a meeting of citizens for Wednesday at 2 p.m. to consider solutions to crimes in the area.

The letter was directed specifically to the Colonia Americana de Hermanos Norte-Americanos who live in the Barbacoas section of the municipality.

Invitees include the head of the Fuerza Pública, Juan José Andrade, and local police chiefs from Puriscal, Mora and Turrubares. Freddy Porras, president of the Cámera Comercio de Puriscal also is on the list. The location of the meeting is the Catholic church in Barbacoas.

The mayor is Manuel Espinoza Campos.

He said in his letter that there have been a series of robberies on the Barbacoas-Piedras Negras de Mora route as well as La Guácima. The mayor said he included the central canton of Alajuela in his meeting call.

Among other crimes was the robbery of a jewelry story in the center of Puriscal last month. Over the last two years, the local office of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social and supermarkets were held up, according to news files. There also have been home invasions in Guácima.

Pursical has long been an area that attracted expats because of the climate and the rural lifestyle.

Such meetings have had a lot of success elsewhere. The discussions focus the attention of police officials on the area and police patrols are beefed up.


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