Rob­bery, theft cases in CV down: PRO-7

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Camille L. Pateres/KBQ

More cops will be de­ployed in ma­jor cities in Cen­tral Visayas to break the tra­di­tional up­surge of crime in­ci­dents dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son.

Although Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice-7 recorded fewer theft and rob­bery cases this year, the of­fice aims to fur­ther sup­press the crime vol­ume.

“Gi-is­to­rya­han ang PDs (pro­vin­cial di­rec­tors) and CDs (city di­rec­tors) nga mag­dugang og mga po­lice sa kalsada lalo na sa mga com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments para at least naa’y po­lice vis­i­bil­ity,” said PRO-7 Di­rec­tor Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent De­bold Si­nas.

PRO-7 data showed that theft cases re­duced to 3,024 or 30.1 per­cent from Jan­uary to Oc­to­ber this year com­pared to the 4,324 in the same pe­riod last year. The rob­bery cases, on the other hand, de­creased to 1,074 or 42.9 per­cent from 1,881.

Cebu City posted the most num­ber of theft cases in the re­gion at 1,385, fol­lowed by Cebu province (916), Bo­hol (854), Ne­gros Ori­en­tal (538), Man­daue City (360), Lapu-Lapu City (253), and Siqui­jor (18).

Cebu province, on the other hand, reg­is­tered the high­est num­ber of rob­bery cases at 610.

Other rob­bery cases were re­ported in Cebu City (440), Bo­hol (403), Ne­gros Ori­en­tal (143), Lapu-Lapu City (138), Man­daue City (128), and Siqui­jor (19).

Si­nas said the per­son­nel of the Re­gional Mo­bile Force Bat­tal­ion (RMFB) and cops as­signed in re­gional head­quar­ters will also be de­ployed dur­ing the yule­tide sea­son to help in­crease po­lice vis­i­bil­ity.

“Tem­po­rary ra sad na, kuhaon na pud sila af­ter,” he said.

The PRO-7 re­cently de­ployed two RMFB teams in drug-in­fested barangays of Cebu City as part of the Cebu City Po­lice Of­fice’s (CCPO) crime pre­ven­tion.

The vil­lages in­clude Pasil, Calamba, Duljo Fa­tima, and Er­mita.

Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Roy­ina Garma, CCPO di­rec­tor, said more po­lice­men are needed in th­ese barangays.

“We will not pull out the po­lice un­less the barangays are ready. As of now, they are not. The barangays and their force mul­ti­pli­ers should be strength­ened first,” she said.

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