In a bid to prevent a surge in assaults and other crimes that tend to escalate during the Christmas season, a large contingent of security forces, composed of police and military personnel, has been deployed in the capital of Honduras. This deployment was confirmed by a military spokesperson, revealing the preventive measures taken by the government to ensure the safety of its citizens during a time of year when commercial activity and the influx of people in public spaces intensify.
Deployment Amidst Heightened Christmas Activities
Groups of soldiers, both in vehicles and on foot, were stationed in markets, commercial areas, neighborhoods, and colonies of the city, which is home to about one and a half million inhabitants. This deployment comes on the anniversary of the declaration of a 'state of exception' on December 6, 2022, aimed at containing gangs that extort transporters, traders, and individuals.
Honduras's Struggle with High Crime Rates
Honduras, according to the United Nations, records one of the highest homicide rates worldwide. This fact has necessitated such strong measures, especially during festive periods when crime rates tend to spike. The objective is to provide a safe environment for residents and visitors to carry out their Christmas activities with greater peace of mind.
Public Safety Strategies in Play
The deployment forms part of public safety strategies to counteract the increase in crime during festive periods. The government's plan is not just reactive but also proactive, aiming to deter criminal activities before they occur and ensuring that citizens can go about their festive preparations and celebrations without fear or undue anxiety.