PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Chief, Director General Ricardo Marquez on Friday advises the public anew to refrain from parking their vehicles on the roadside after more carnapping incidents have been recorded to occur on the roadside this year.
The PNP chief cited records from the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) following the regular Lambat-Sibat meeting in Camp Crame on Wednesday.
Marquez said that of the 489 carnapping incidents recorded between January 5 up to September 6 this year, 44 % or 214 of them have occurred in the streets, while 140 of them occurred in the residential areas for a total of 29%.
The PNP chief said in a statement that the PNP’s Oplan Lambat-Sibat operatives regularly audit crime incident reports at the police station level and use the data to further generate and identify “crime hot spots” and “crime patterns” where and when intensified police interventions are necessary.
Marquez added that 365 cases, or 54% of the reported 489 carnapping incidents, were reported to have been stolen when the cars were parked outside.
The PNP chief added that the Quezon City Police Districts (QCPD) get the bulk of the 489-recorded cases with 213. The Eastern Police Districts (EPD), Northern Police Districts (NPD), Manila Police Districts (MPD), and Southern Police Districts get the rest with 88, 72, 59 and 57 incidents respectively.
Marquez, however, noted in a statement that for the past two weeks from August 24 up to September 6 this year, the DIDM has recorded zero incidents of carnapping in Quezon City.
The DIDM figures also noted that 64% of these carnapping incidents had occurred from 12:01 am up to 8am.
“While some of its personnel are in the field, our Highway Patrol Group (HPG) is still focused on its other duties in combating carnapping and hi-jacking activities,” he said.
Marquez added, “As our motorists and pedestrians demonstrate discipline and respect traffic and law enforcement in EDSA when HPG took over last Monday, I also urge the public to do the same in their respective communities –to be more vigilant against carnappers.”
The PNP leadership is also planning to upgrade their Lambat-Sibat efforts by visiting business establishments who sell second-hand motor vehicles to ensure their legitimacy and eliminate the chances of selling carnapped vehicles.