Cops beef up mall security in wake of QC heist

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

PERSONNEL of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) will be assigned to secure shopping malls in the city as part of the measures to deter criminal activities in the wake of the heist inside a mall in Quezon City Sunday.

Senior Superintendent Edgardo Ordaniel, acting city police director, said Monday that policemen will be deployed in malls for two hours in the morning and another two hours duty in the afternoon.

Policemen will be divided into two shifts, he said.

Major shopping malls in Bacolod include SM City, Gaisano Grand, Robinsons Place, and the locally-owned 888 Chinatown Square. Ayala Malls’ The District North Point is located in the neighboring Talisay City.

Ordaniel’s directive to boost security in shopping malls came after a so-called “martilyo gang” looted about P5 million worth of jewelry at SM North Edsa in Quezon City late Sunday afternoon.

The robbers used hammers and crowbars, which they bought inside the mall, to break jewelry display cases.

‘Be vigilant’

Ordaniel said he ordered all police station commanders to be vigilant and to monitor possible presence of robbery groups within their respective areas of jurisdiction.

About two weeks ago, Ordaniel had already directed the BCPO Operations Branch, headed by Chief Inspector Noel Polines, to visit shopping malls in the city to brief the security guards on how to prevent robberies.

He said mall owners should assign security guards not only inside the mall but also outside.

Security guards should double their efforts in securing their areas, Ordaniel said.

All-out war

Meanwhile, Ordaniel has declared an all-out war against illegal activities in Bacolod City.

During a command conference on Monday, Ordaniel asked all station commanders to intensify their campaign against illegal activities in their respective areas.

The station commanders should stop all the illegal activities especially illegal gambling and illegal cockfights, Ordaniel said.

He added that he received complaints from concerned citizens about the conduct of illegal cockfights in some barangays. Cockfights are only legal if the organizers have permits from the city government.

“If there’s a barangay fiesta, the organizer of the cockfight will be given three days to get a special permit,” Ordaniel said.

Ordaniel said Chief Superintendent Josephus Angan, director of Police Regional Office-Western Visayas, is also expected to issue a directive on the campaign against illegal gambling in Bacolod City.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 17, 2013.

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