AN assessment team of Philippine National Police (PNP) have identified at least five areas in Metro Manila where petty and street crimes are rampant.
The areas are Aurora-EDSA corner in Cubao, Quezon City; Monumento in Caloocan City; Taft-EDSA in Pasay City; Baclaran in Paranaque City and the University Belt in Manila.
PNP Chief, Director General Alan Purisima said on Wednesday he has directed the new chief of the National Capital Regional Police Office, Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo, to focus his anti-crime campaign on these areas.
“This is what I discussed with the NCRPO chief to focus on these areas and reduce street crimes and ensure that the public to feel the police presence in those places,” Purisima told a press briefing in Camp Crame.
He said a survey released in 2012 showed that 70 percent of crimes committed in those places were not reported by the victims to the police.
“There [incidents]of pickpocketing, but [these]were not reported [by victims]because the police stations are far, but these reports are needed by us…so we can deploy more policemen there,” Purisima said.
He said the five areas are places of public convergence, which explains the high number of crimes.
“The public should report these incidents so that we can count and find out where these crimes are happening. But we cannot fault the public for not reporting because of some inconveniences,” Purisima said.
The PNP chief said he had directed the Directorate of Police Community Relations to find ways like upgrading a twitter account where the public can report criminal incidents.
“We will be announcing that soon… a twitter account where the public can give the details of the incidents so that it will be recorded by us then we can act on it appropriately,” Purisima said.