Thwart robberies, theft

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Monday, November 25, 2013


MAYOR Mauricio Domogan told members of the Baguio City Police Office to step up their effort to curb crimes against properties, which are expected to escalate during the Christmas season.

Domogan said while in the previous year crimes against persons have been prevalent, crimes against properties such as theft and robberies have been increasing with numerous theft and robbery cases being reported.

BCPO deputy city director Superintendent Ramil Saculles said they are intensifying Oplan Sita and Oplan Bakal strategies that have been implemented to thwart criminality especially during the Christmas Season.

This as he pointed to drunkenness as the originator of most crimes committed in the city.

From January to October 2013, Saculles said theft cases remain the most prevalent with 2,496 incidents followed by physical injury with 1,759 incidents and robbery with 523 incidents.

The BCPO official reported an Average Monthly Crime Rate of 272 crime incidents per 100,000 population with only 22.33 percent crime solution efficiency.

However, Saculles this is already an improved crime solution efficiency rate which has been lower in the past years.

Of the crimes reported, some 584 suspects have been arrested through police response composed of 28 bukas kotse suspects, 103 pickpockets, 50 suspects of qualified theft, 151 suspects for salisi, 191 shoplifters, four bag slashers, 11 snatchers, 8 akyat bahay members, 18 robbers and 20 for mugging incidents aside from regular warrant of arrest implementation.

The BCPO reported it has neutralized 13 criminal groups involved in robbery, theft and illegal drugs while some 39 drug personalities have been filed with appropriate cases in court.

For violations of city ordinances, the BCPO has arrested 265 violators of anti-peddling, 935 for anti-jaywalking, 188 violators of anti-littering, 97 violators of anti-urinating,1,522 violators of anti-smoking, and 160 violators of anti-spitting ordinances.

The BCPO was also able to rescue some 1,130 minors that were involved in crimes and vices as the BCPO official reminded parents to guide their children as they highlighted a recent youth summit conducted by the police to reach out to the youth and seek their help in lowering the city’s crime rates.

The mayor, meantime, challenged the people to remain disciplined as some 41,637 traffic violations have been reported by the Traffic Management Branch which only shows city residents have not been following traffic rules and regulations.

The mayor said majority of city problems especially of traffic, garbage and public order could have been lowered if only residents are disciplined.

He stressed discipline in crossing the streets, sidewalk vending, throwing of trash and other Baguio traits have diminished in time which is why he is urging city residents to continue showing they have the character and discipline to follow simple ordinances for the maintenance of cleanliness, smooth traffic and public order in the city.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on November 26, 2013.

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