THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) appealed for cooperation and support from the public in the campaign against criminality following the series of robbery incidents this month.
Senior Superintendent Jack Wanky, acting director of BCPO, said: “While the police are doing their best to secure everyone, they are not always there to guard every square inch or all four corners of the city.
It is also the responsibility of the public to guard themselves as much as possible, Wanky said, adding that the people should not give opportunity to criminals to victimize them.
On September 3, a couple was robbed on their way home in Barangay Pahanocoy.
The two unidentified men on board a scooter blocked their way and threatened them at gunpoint.
Over the weekend, a woman was hurt by robbers on a motorcycle in Barangay Tangub.
On the same day, a business establishment was robbed by three unidentified men around 2 a.m., carting away the store’s cash collection of P200,000.
Later that evening, a house was ransacked by two unidentified men on a motorcycle in Barangay Pahanocoy who stole P56,000 worth of valuables.
A hold-up incident also happened in the area of Police Station 1 based on the report posted on social media by a male victim.
Last night, a woman was also robbed by two robbers on a motorcycle in Barangay Villamonte.
Wanky believed the suspects in the recent hold-up incidents are those released from detention after complainants failed to cooperate with the police in the investigation.
To prevent the occurrence of crimes, Wanky advised the public to be vigilant at all times.
The public also has the responsibility for their own personal safety, he said.
Still, Wanky assured the people of Bacolod that the police can provide enough security for them.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on September 13, 2017.
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