CAGAYAN de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) has strengthened its campaign against criminality following the arrest of at least 30 persons during its saturation drive over the weekend.

City Police Director Benedicto Lopez said most of the arrested suspected criminals were “wanted persons” with standing arrest warrant, while others were in violation of the “no plate, no travel policy.”

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He said the arrested suspects were collared in different areas of the city in an ongoing “saturation drive” that started late last week.

“Aside from our deployed policemen at ‘yung nagpapat-rolya sinabayan din natin ng saturation at maganda naman ang effect,” Lopez told Sun.Star.

The saturation drive, Lopez added, is an addition to Cocpo’s preventive measure against criminality in the city, following a spate of daylight robberies that rocked the city recently.

Arrested suspects who have pending criminal cases have been committed to Lumbia City Jail, said Lopez, while those apprehended in violation of the “no plate no travel policy” were given three days to secure pertinent documents that they own the motorcycles they were caught riding with.

“Those who can’t present pertinent ownership papers will be charge accordingly,” the Cocpo chief said.

Meanwhile, Lopez urged the association of local bankers to set up close circuit television cameras (CCTVs) outside their establishments’ perimeter as added security.

“Hindi lang naman trabaho ng police para ma-prevent ang criminality, but it’s everybody’s concerned,” the police official said.

Cocpo is also set to call a meeting with the security personnel of the different malls in the city to discuss crime prevention measures. (ALR)