CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- City Government authorities and police here bared some of the most infamous “modus operandi” of criminals to warn the public as the campaign on peace and order is intensified.

Although the crime rate index of the city is reportedly low, Superintendent Eden Ugale, the city chief of police, said “this does not mean that the public should be lax in securing their hard-earned valuables and neglect their security.”

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“The best way to fight crime is by preventing it to happen. Hence we are disclosing all the modus operandi of these criminals to make Fernandinos aware of them,” said Ugale.

Some of these criminal groups Ugale identified include the Akyat Bahay Gang, Bolt Cutter Gang, Salisi Gang, Budol-budol Gang, Agaw-cellphone Gang, Kalapati or Tuta Gang, Bastos Gang, and Dugo-dugo Gang.

“Halos kapareho ng Akyat Bahay ang Bolt Cutter Gang maliban sa binubuksan ng huli ang mga gate o pinto sa pamamagitan ng sapilitang pagsira sa mga ito,” Ugale said.

“Samantala, ang Dugo-dugo Gang naman ay ang pagkukunwari ng mga perpetrator bilang mga may-ari ng bahay upang lokohin ang mga kasambahay at limasin ang mga ari-arian ng mga biktima,” he disclosed, stressing that everyone must be extra vigilant particularly when strangers approach them.

He added one modus operandi uncovered the past weeks is the riding in tandem that snatches gold necklaces from bystanders.

Ugale is appealing to parties not to display their valuables openly in public.

“Huwag na po tayong magsuot ng mga alahas kung wala naman importanteng okasyon. Parang ini-invite na lang po natin ang mga masasamang loob,” he said.

He also noted the city has intensified its police visibility and presence by establishing six “visibility points” at strategic areas.

“Patuloy pa rin ang mga check points natin at ang pakikipag-ugnayan sa ating mga bantay bayan,” he concluded. (Jovi T. De Leon)