In a move aimed at boosting an all-out drive to curb Panama City's high crime rate, the Juvenile Court has declared a 9 p.m.
SV Juvenile Court judge, Dr. Engiquez talking to a group of juveniles in playground of detention centre
SV Youths playing on swings
SV Youths entering detention centre building
CU INTERIOR Mother with three children talking to Dr. Enriquez inside Juvenile Court (3 shots)
GV Parents leaving Juvenile Court
GV Panama Avenue at night
SV Juveniles approached by National Guard and asked for identification (2 shots)
SV National Guard escorting juveniles away
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Background: In a move aimed at boosting an all-out drive to curb Panama City's high crime rate, the Juvenile Court has declared a 9 p.m. curfew for minors in city and suburban areas.
SYNOPSIS: Minors caught alone in the streets after the curfew goes into effect are placed in a detention centre in the custody of the Juvenile Court, and their parents are sanctioned. Only children accompanied by their parents are allowed to travel after the curfew deadline.
Panama City's Juvenile Court imposed the curfew after a request by Justice Ricardo Rodriguez and a government minister. Recently minors have been constituting a serious problem to authorities. Working in gangs they have pounced on tourists and city residents, robbing them of valuables. Since the curfew's imposition National Guardsmen have stepped up surveillance in all areas with a high crime rate.
The night patrols by the National Guard have already contributed to a sharp decline in robberies and muggings. More over a number of older criminals have disappeared from their usual areas inhibited by the number of patrolmen on the streets. The National Guard had called on parents and schools to help fight the juvenile crime wave.