Wave of Thefts Alarms Artemisa Residents

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 by Sophia Martinez

Wave of Thefts Alarms Artemisa Residents
City of Artemisa (reference image) - Image © Wikimedia Commons

In recent weeks, the city of Artemisa has been grappling with a surge in crime, as residents report numerous home burglaries, particularly during the night and amid the prolonged blackouts that plague them. The Cuban Institute for Freedom of Expression and Press (ICLEP) reported on social media this Wednesday that "a wave of home burglaries has erupted in recent days in city neighborhoods." According to these reports, thieves exploit the natural darkness of the night and the additional darkness caused by power outages to carry out their crimes.

Approximately a week ago, an entire household's worth of appliances was stolen from a home on 50th Street, between 3rd and 5th, in the Eric neighborhood, the report specified. Days earlier, two other burglaries occurred in separate apartments within the same building in the Centro neighborhood.

The report notes that so far, the police have not provided any updates to the affected families regarding the progress of the investigations.

In the last few months of 2023, several murders aimed at robbing the victims were recorded in the municipalities of Artemisa province. However, the increase in robberies, assaults, and violent crimes is not confined to this western region. The entire country is experiencing a significant rise in criminal activities, both in number and severity.

This same week, residents of the San Pedrito neighborhood in Santiago de Cuba captured a man who snatched a cell phone from a young girl. Days earlier, a young man was detained in the José Martí neighborhood of Santa Clara, in Villa Clara, for stealing five granite benches from the local park. Also, in this central city, a man was arrested for stealing five million pesos from the home of a self-employed worker earlier this month.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Crime Surge in Artemisa

Given the alarming increase in criminal activities in Artemisa, many residents have questions about safety and the ongoing investigations. Here are some frequently asked questions and their answers.

What measures are being taken to combat the rise in burglaries in Artemisa?

As of now, there have been no official updates from the police regarding the measures being taken. Residents are urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

Why are blackouts contributing to the increase in crime?

Blackouts provide cover for criminals, making it easier for them to operate under the cloak of darkness. The lack of electricity also disables security systems, further facilitating robberies.

Which other areas in Cuba are experiencing a rise in crime?

In addition to Artemisa, regions like Santiago de Cuba and Santa Clara have also reported significant increases in criminal activities, including theft and violent crimes.

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