THE Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Wednesday that a police assessment team has already identified at least five areas in Metro Manila where petty street crimes are rampant.
Tagged as crime-prone are the areas of Aurora-Edsa corner in Cubao, Quezon City; Monumento in Caloocan City; Taft-Edsa in Pasay City; Baclaran in Parañaque and the University Belt in Manila.
PNP chief, Director Gen. Alan Purisima said that he had already directed the newly installed chief of the National Capital Regional Police Office (Ncrpo), Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo to focus on these areas and reduce the number of crimes.
“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 reporters in a press briefing in Camp Crame.
The PNP chief added that a survey that came out in 2012 have showed that 70 percent of crimes that have occurred in those places were not properly reported by the victims to the police authorities.
“There [were incidents]of pickpocket thefts, 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.
The PNP chief said that those areas are known areas of public convergence that may be the reason for the high number of crimes as he called on the public to report [criminal]incidents as part of police data gathering measure.