THE public should be vigilant against robbers and shoplifters as the Christmas season draws near, a ranking official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) said over the weekend.
PNP Director General Ricardo Marquez said in a statement issued on Friday that crimes could happen at the most unexpected time and that the public must be kept informed of various modus operandi of crime groups.
The PNP chief identified some of these group include the Salisi Gang, Laglag barya Gang, Besfren Gang, Tutok-Kalawit Gang, Ipit/Ipit-Taxi Gang, Laslas Bag/Bulsa, Estribo Gang, Dura Boys, and the Pitas Gang.
Marquez added that at the regular of Oplan Lambat Sibat operatives in Camp Crame on Wednesday, the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) noted a significant decrease in robbery and theft cases in the past week.
From an average of 794 cases per week from June 2014 to January 2015, robbery and theft cases dipped to 273 recorded incidents in the last week of August, the PNP Chief said.
In line with the Lambat-Sibat campaign, initiated by Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, the qualitative analysis from August 24 to 30 conducted by the DIDM showed that 20 percent of theft cases is due to shoplifting.
The DIDM also noted that 27 percent of the recorded robbery incidents occurred from 12:01 a.m. to 4 a.m. and the most common places of robbery incidents occur along streets (31percent) residential areas (26 percent) and public used vehicles (21 percent).
“While the PNP is fielding additional foot and mobile patrollers, the public must also be wary to what is really happening in their communities and in the streets,” Marquez said, urging the public to work with the police on its anti-criminality initiatives.