La reunión mensual se realizó el 18 February at the Restaurant Marino Ballena in Uvita. We had over 49 asistentes - gracias, todo el mundo, para el apoyo! We also gained 10 nuevos miembros durante la reunión!!! Of special note was the large donation from the Guapil Homeowners Association. This was the second year that this HOA unanimously (100%) votó a favor de apoyar la PAC con su donación anual de $100 per every home and lot. Thank you Guapil HOA!

The meeting started with a review of the situation regarding the New Police Station for Uvita presented by Rogelio Barrantes from Association Desarrollo de Uvita. There is a substantial contribution of funds from a Spanish organization, JUDESUR, which is to be administered by ADI of Uvita. These funds are for construction purposes only; en el ínterin, the Fuerza have been housed in a private facility. Funds are needed to pay the rents while waiting for permissions to construct the new facility and CAP is being asked to contribute. CAP aportó $1050.00 last year along with other donations from local businesses in Uvita to cover the rent for year 2011. At this time there are no additional funds to cover rent for 2012.

Un comentario de la planta: ¿Por qué no se mueven a la policía para la instalación Dominical durante el período provisional?

El Crucero de Recaudación de Fondos de la PAC en Royal Caribbean ha sido movido a 2-9 Diciembre. The cost will be $678 per person. For more information and registration, ver www.springchicken.com o llame a Sandra Rogers en 8706-24-83.

En el segmento de Noticias de la comunidad:

1. The Vice Consul for American Citizen Services at the San Jose Embassy visited the community and expressed a great appreciation for the efforts of CAP.

2. Richard Abrams (Coconut Grove) discussed some on-going efforts regarding the problem with truckers using “jake brakes”. There is a possibility of a protest (“huelga”) en el puente Dominical que detendrá el tráfico desde hace algún tiempo: permanezca atento a una alerta.

3. There is a new Crime Report Form on the CAP web site: Hay que ver!!!

4. There is new community organization that is focused on crimes committed against children: Fiel a Ti / TRU2U. One of their initial efforts will be a Social for youth ages 12-18 en el Refugio de 25 Feb from 6-9pm. Anyone interested in supporting Fiel a Ti should contact DeAun Michael, crbirds@gmail.com, 2787-05-94 o Tracie Deming, funfamily5@gmail.com 8883-7126.

5. Supported by a significant private donation, CAP ha iniciado una actualización de las Luces!Cámara!Acción! effort at the Dominical Bridge. We have constructed a bodega adjacent to the Police Station, instalado 5 cámaras y luces, and are in the process of doing an official hand-over to the police. Cabe señalar que de 9 las personas atrapadas en la comisión de un acto delictivo por las cámaras de la PAC, 8 ahora están en la cárcel.

6. CAP has developed some warning signs that have been posted near many of the local beaches and throughout the area. The signs are meant to increase the Awareness of visitors to the potential of criminal activity in the area.

7. CAP is trying to negotiate with the authorities to have speed bumps located near Dominical and Uvita in an attempt to slow down the truckers who seem to ignore all the speed limit signs.

8. There was a report on recent criminal activity by Mike McGuiness. Of significance was the loss of unattended personal items and a recent upswing in credit card fraud. There was a recent CAP Bulletin on ways to protect your credit cards.

9. A new tower has been constructed on the Playa Dominical beach for the use of the Fuerza Publica.

10. We are going to add a page on the CAP web-site that will show Interpol’s “most wanted” people in Costa Rica.

11. Frank Walker gave an update to traffic laws, including a reduction in some of the fines associated with traffic violations. Of significance was a warning to never sign a traffic ticket, como tal firma es un reconocimiento de culpa!! You have 5 days to appeal a ticket. Siempre lleve consigo su pasaporte o una copia certificada de la página de identificación y la página estampada con la fecha de entrada más reciente.

12. 215 pistolas fueron robadas de las oficinas del MOPT en San José, mostly new 9mm Glock. Of those some 60+ se han recuperado.

13. We are considering expansion of the LCA effort with cameras in Uvita, Ojochal, Matapalo, Plantanillo, y Cortez.

14. CAP has started plans for a Security Guard program that would integrate the efforts of several guards hired by individual firms.

15. CAP is initiating a police appreciation program with certificates and dinners for those officers demonstrating some initiative or effort beyond that expected of their job.

Matt Kirsch finished the program with an excellent and informative presentation on some of the issues related to Home Security and how to best protect yourself. He started with some common Myths & Truths about various alternatives. Matt has also developed an extensive background on the cost, capacidad técnica, y la eficacia de las diversas medidas de protección, tales como cámaras, Grabadores de Vídeo Digital (DVRs) y sensores de movimiento.

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