Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize
October 13, 2020
Location: Belize District, Belize
Event: Prison Break – 28 Prisoners Escape
Due to the recent escape of 28 prisoners from the Belize Central Prison, we remind all American citizens in Belize to remain vigilant at all times. At this time, additional efforts to detain escapees is underway and unconfirmed reports of gunfire along the Costal Road have been reported. Additionally, one prisoner was detained this morning, and another has been reported shot and killed. Expect to see increased police and military presence in the form of patrols and vehicle checkpoints along highways. Please comply with instructions to stop and answer questions from officers. Additionally, see below a list of best practices to maximize your and your family’s personal safety.
Actions to Take:
- Limit travel on highways and secondary roads in Hattieville and surrounding areas.
- If someone attempts to “flag you down” do NOT stop.
- Keep your vehicle doors locked when driving and do not keep valuables inside.
- Keep doors and windows of your residence locked when at home and away.
- Use your alarm system.
- Report any suspicious activity to the nearest police station.
- U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize
- State Department – Consular Affairs
- 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Belize Country Information
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