Rob­bery cases drop but po­lice on alert

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - by Delta Dyrecka Leti­gio and Morexette Marie B. Erram

ROB­BERY cases in Cebu City dropped by al­most half in the month of Oc­to­ber, records of the Cebu City Po­lice Of­fice (CCPO) show.

CCPO Di­rec­tor, Se­nior Supt. Roy­ina Garma said the 11 po­lice precincts in Cebu City recorded a to­tal of 34 cases, lower by 27 cases com­pared to the month of Septem­ber which recorded 61 cases.

But as the hol­i­day sea­son nears, Garma said the po­lice will in­ten­sify their pa­trols and po­lice vis­i­bil­ity con­sid­er­ing that, sta­tis­ti­cally, rob­bery cases shoot up dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son.

In an­tic­i­pa­tion of in­creased crim­i­nal­ity and fol­low­ing the re­cent rob­bery cases in the city, Coun­cilor David Tu­mu­lak urged barangay of­fi­cials to re­pair their CCTVs in or­der to de­ter crimes.

Kasam­ba­gan Barangay Cap­tain Franklyn Ong, pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Barangay Coun­cils (ABC) in Cebu City sup­ported Tu­mu­lak's sug­ges­tion but said not all barangays will be able to af­ford the ex­pense of putting up CCTV cam­eras.

“I re­ally agree on Coun­cilor Tu­mu­lak’s calls be­cause we’re talk­ing about the peace and or­der sit­u­a­tion of our barangays. But not all barangays can af­ford to im­me­di­ately put up CCTV cam­eras, or even re­pair ones that do not func­tion any­more,” Ong said.

“There are two ways on op­er­at­ing CCTVs. One is do­ing re­al­time mon­i­tor­ing, and you have to have a com­mand cen­ter with peo­ple man­ning it, like in Barangay Apas. Se­cond is un­manned record­ing. The cam­eras will just record what­ever they will cap­ture. But both needed a huge bud­get for their im­ple­men­ta­tion,” he added.

Ong, in­stead, sug­gested that barangay of­fi­cials ask help from the pri­vate sec­tor con­sid­er­ing there is an or­di­nance man­dat­ing busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments to in­stall CCTV cam­eras.

“Maybe we could ask help from busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments to not only in­stall CCTVs in­side their prop­er­ties but also out­side, and have the cam­eras face the streets, too. So when there are any re­ported crimes, we can ask the pro­pri­etors for a copy of the footage,” he said.

Cebu City Or­di­nance No. 2381 re­quires all busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments, with annual gross sales of not less than P5-mil­lion, to in­stall CCTV cam­eras around their premises for se­cu­rity rea­sons.

Sta­tis­tics

Ac­cord­ing to data from the CCPO, the Mabolo po­lice precinct re­mains to have the high­est num­ber of rob­beries, with 11 cases, fol­lowed closely by the po­lice precincts in Pari-an and Talam­ban with five and four cases re­spec­tively.

Garma said that CCPO will pro­vide more equip­ment and de­ploy more po­lice per­son­nel to these sta­tions in or­der to curb street crimes.

She also urged barangays to hire more tan­ods to serve as force mul­ti­pli­ers in main­tain­ing the peace and or­der of the city.

“Be vig­i­lant. Do not pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for these rob­bers to at­tack. Fol­low your in­tu­ition. If you think that you are in dan­ger, ap­proach a po­lice mo­bile and ask for help,” Garma ad­vised the pub­lic.

Garma said that the death of taxi-driver Vic­to­rio Molina in Barangay Tisa, and the death of student Charie Mae Man­cha in Barangay Ti­nago, who were both robbed prior to be­ing shot, are in­di­ca­tors that rob­bers are no longer afraid to kill.

“Tu­lun­gan ninyo kami. Wag kay­ong maglakad na naka­suot ng maram­ing ala­has.( Help us. Don’t walk around the city wear­ing flashy jew­el­ries). Be aware of your sur­round­ings and know the num­bers of the po­lice sta­tions in the city,” she said.

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GARMA

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