Metro lawmen brace for holiday crime rise

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THE National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) is now bracing itself for the “possible” upsurge of “crimes” in Metro Manila as the holiday season winds down.

NCRPO Director Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo said that his command is fully prepared to meet as they have anticipated the possible upsurge of ‘criminality’ in the metropolis for this year’s holiday season.

“Actually we are ready for that . . . we have prepared [our security plan]as we had anticipated that [crime upsurge]because of the Christmas celebration,” Garbo told reporters in a chance interview in Camp Crame.

He said that they will be deploying more police personnel in malls and commercial areas, such as Divisoria in Manila and similar places where people traditionally flock and shop for the holidays.


“We have what we call vital installation target hardening . . . we are also increasing the number of police personnel in those areas and we are making a study of those places,” Garbo said.

He added that the police on a watch for “street crimes”—robbery hold-up, snatching and “pickpocketing”—and the “continuous threat” of a possible spillover of terrorist threat from the southern part of the country.

“There’s a possibility of threat of spillover . . . it’s always like that. It’s hard to say that there’s none, but something will come out,” Garbo said.

The 15,000-strong NCRPO is in charge of handling the peace and order situation in Metro Manila with an estimated population of 11.8 million as of December 2012.

Anthony Vargas

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