THE Bacolod City Police Office has intensified visibility patrol operations in the area of Libertad Public Market following the occurrence of snatching incidents usually victimizing students.
Chief Inspector Jovil Sedel, head of Police Station 6, said on Tuesday that intelligence operatives man the area and respond to untoward incidents.
He said they arrested two notorious thieves at the area two weeks ago.
Sedel added that they also deploy assets who provide information for follow-up operation, if necessary.
Visibility patrol for fast response and monitoring is being conducted, he said.
“We are trying to maximize our personnel to focus on keeping the city, especially the areas covered by the station, safe,” Sedel said.
About two weeks ago, a college student of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos was victimized by a snatcher at the Libertad Public Market area around noon.
She was walking and taking a call when an unidentified man snatched her phone and boarded a passenger jeepney.
Bystanders and vendors also claimed that the area is prone to snatching incidents.
A student of the same school was also victimized by a snatcher a few months ago.
Sedel said theft incidents have happened in the area, but these cannot be considered alarming.
Despite these reports, he said, the police are doing their duty to protect and serve the community.
Sedel said perpetrators of recent snatching incidents are not from the area, and would usually transfer from one place to another.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on September 13, 2017.
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