Police to counter carnapping by setting up checkpoints-A A +A
Saturday, October 5, 2013
SOME 86 percent of carnapping incidents in Cebu province remain unresolved, which has alarmed the top brass of the Cebu Provincial Police Office.
“The crime clearance rate of the police stations is slow,” said Senior Superintendent Noel Gillamac.
He urged police chiefs to intensify checkpoint operations.
First, he said the drivers must show their original receipt and certificate of registration during the checkpoint. If they fail to produce the documents, they will be interviewed as part of profiling.
Gillamac said the drivers must sign in the blotter that their vehicles were taken from their possession.
Poor success rate
Police will then take a picture of the drivers and their vehicles before releasing the drivers.
Gillamac said the brand, engine and chassis number of the vehicles must be taken for reference in the future.
“Through this the people who took these motorcycles will be easily identified,” he said.
From January to August this year, 107 carnapping cases were recorded around the province.
Most of the stolen vehicles were motorcycles.
Only 15 cases were cleared, which means the suspects were arrested and cases filed.
Talisay City leads with the most number of carnapping incidents with 31, followed by Danao City with 19, Minglanilla with 10, Consolacion with nine and Bogo City with seven.
Supt. Resty Santos, head of the Talisay City Police Station, said they are making progress in curbing the problem
He said they are coordinating with civilian volunteers to look after vehicles, most of which were stolen in Barangay Tabunok.
He said only two carnapping cases were cleared.
Santos, who only assumed the position last July, said the incidents could be attributed to the developing economy of Talisay City.
“Dismantling a stolen motorcycle is easy and you can quickly sell its different parts,” he said in Cebuano.
In their investigation, Santos said he noticed some complainants used this alibi to get out from their liability.
“Most of the time the owner can no longer afford the installment,” he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 06, 2013.