This natural space has become not only a murder scene but also a scene for armed robbery, theft and even rape, causing some people to stop visiting it for security reasons. The lack of surveillance in the Avila National Park’s surroundings is the main cause for this crime wave.
According to the director of the NGO Una Montaña de Gente [A Mountain of People], devoted to defending human and environmental rights, they receive about 20 reports of theft and robbery at La Julia Cachimbo, Galindo, Sabas Nieves, Sebucan and Quebrada Chacaito each month.
At El Camino de Los Españoles, next to Plan de Manzano, motorized groups have hikers terrorized. Some areas of the sector are used to chop vehicles.
She said there should be 20 park rangers in the park’s south slope, but there’s been a big staff turnover in the last few months. She also talked about the need for the place to be guarded by at least 90 National Guard officers. In most access points, surveillance is available up to a certain time and sometimes it’s inexistent.
Source: El Universal